John Miller | This Old Hammer

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This Old Hammer

by John Miller

"This Old Hammer" features acoustic Country Blues, but with all-original accompaniments in John Miller's own style rather than recreations of historic recordings.
Genre: Blues: Acoustic Blues
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1. This Old Hammer
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3:20 album only
2. New Cairo Blues
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4:25 album only
3. My Easy Rider
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5:01 album only
4. Smooth Blues for E. H.
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3:38 album only
5. Rolling Log Blues
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3:35 album only
6. Wild About My Lovin\'
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3:41 album only
7. Walking Boss
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3:19 album only
8. Keep It Clean
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3:03 album only
9. Cool, Baby, Cool
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3:34 album only
10. I\'m Getting Wild About Her
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11. Milky White Way
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12. When We All Get Home/Ginny\'s Frolic
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Album Notes
"This Old Hammer" is the first solo recording of country blues I\'ve made since the mid-1970s. For this project, apart from my own tunes, I wanted to retain particular aspects of the songs that I was starting with, but always to be introducing different elements, as well--perhaps a new melody, different lyrics or a new harmonization, in addition to, in every instance, a different accompaniment. I treasure what I've learned from the many great musicians in this style, but I suppose I wanted to say things my own way on this go-round.

John M. Miller


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Mark Sandstrom

This Old Hammer
A lovely collection of old chestnuts, hand-crafted as only John Miller can arrange and perform them, plus some very nice new originals as he returns to his roots in country blues. Each nuance and every phrase receives the Miller touch; no note is inconsequential. Terrific album art again, too.

Paul Gentry O'Donovan

This Old Hammer
John Miller & my turntable/CD player go back a long way - to when his first vinyl album on Blue Goose was on a good stockist's shelves.
That first album blew my mind & I immediately went back to the store & bought his 2nd album.
Apart from enjoyment of all his work - his imaginative & superb arrangements (both in guitar playing & vocals), whether playing roots blues - to the multitude of other avenues he has explored,
has greatly influenced my own playing of guitar & other instruments.
He stands head & shoulders above contemporaries & could quite reasonably (if from an earlier period)be considered amongst 'legendary league'
John's modest personal profile is admirable - his music continues to be unspoilt perhaps by this front.
This album is as magnificent & in mood of his early albums - but check out the albums in between if you are fortunate enough to find a supplier.
Er, look no further CD Baby can be relied on to get the goods to you.

Thanks John for your music - and answering in person my emails to you.
Thanks again CD Baby

Roy Hardinge

Comsummate musician
When you think about what goes into making such an album -- the knowledge of the original music, the technical ability to translate that knowledge into interesting arrangements with soul -- you realize what a great musician and guitarist that John is. He's pulled it off again, and given us an entertaining set of country blues tunes in his own simple-instrumentation-right-in-your-livingroom style. Buy it!


Humble Brilliance
Don\'t miss this album! Clean, original, respectful of its roots, yet stretching out in ways uniquely Miller. This is an album that for me came to life on its second listening. I needed a quiet background and some focused attention to begin to appreciate how much is going on here. The mixing is excellent and lets you clearly hear the sincerity of his voice, and all the voicings and intricacies of his playing. One of the things I love about John\'s playing is that every single note, first to last, comes out sounding like its creation was an act of joy. There are moments on this album that are quietly jaw dropping, yet there is not a hint of gratuitous showmanship. That says something about the man behind the music. Don\'t miss this album, and if you are lucky enough to have the chance to hear him live, don\'t miss the man in person!


Musical Excellence
I\'ve been a fan of John Miller since I picked up \"First Degree Blues\" when it first came out in the early \'70s, so it\'s no surprise that John Miller\'s latest CD continues his tradition of excellence. John has a very deep and broad knowledge, understanding and appreciation of traditional American music, and as a player he is always a pleasure to listen to. John has covered a lot of musical ground since \"First Degree Blues\" was released, and everything that has been a result of his musical journey merits the listener\'s attention. The performances on \"This Old Hammer\" are for the most part John\'s interpretations of songs that have become standards in the canon of what we refer to as American roots music. The spark of his individual creativity puts a personal stamp on these tunes. For anyone who enjoys traditional American music performed by a modern master, I highly recommend \"This Old Hammer.\"