Award-winning Native American Musician Bill Miller to Perform at CMC

Bill Miller, an award-winning Native American recording artist will perform at Colorado Mountain College Leadville on January 22, 2019
Bill Miller, an award-winning Native American recording artist will perform at Colorado Mountain College Leadville on January 22, 2019. PC: Brooke Larson
Bill Miller, an award-winning Native American recording artist will perform at Colorado Mountain College Leadville on January 22, 2019. PC: Brooke Larson

Three-time Grammy Winner Bill Miller to Perform at CMC January 22

Bill Miller, a multi-Grammy and Native American Music Association award-winning musician, will play a concert at Colorado Mountain College Leadville at 7pm on January 22, 2019. The event is open to the public and community members are encouraged to attend. Tickets are free in advance and can be picked up at the front desk in the New Discovery Building. They will be $10 at the door, day of show.

In addition to being a celebrated Native American recording artist, Bill Miller is also an excellent performer, songwriter, and world-class native flute player. He has produced more than 12 albums and has received numerous musical accolades, the most notable being three Grammy Awards, numerous Native American Music Association awards (including a Lifetime Achievement award) and led Wisconsin’s La Crosse Symphony Orchestra.

Miller is one of the most admired figures in the Native American music. His musicianship extends beyond the genre, blending Native American sounds with western folk and blues traditions.

A Mohican Indian born on the Stockbridge-Munsee Reservation in northern Wisconsin, Bill Miller began playing guitar at 12-years-old. Music was an escape from the poverty on the Reservation. Bill Miller got his start playing in teen rock bands, eventually trading the electric guitar for an acoustic when he started playing folk and bluegrass music. In 1984, he moved to Nashville to pursue a career as a singer/songwriter.

Miller has written songs with artists such as Nanci Griffith, Peter Rowan and Kim Carnes. He has toured with Tori Amos, Eddie Vedder, The BoDeans, Richie Havens, John Carter Cash and Arlo Guthrie. He performed the title track on Look Again To the Wind: Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Revisited, a tribute album to Johnny Cash’s 1964 Bitter Tears: Ballads of the American Indian.

In addition to being an iconic singer, composer, guitarist, and flutist, Miller is an accomplished storyteller and painter. His work has appeared in the National Museum of the American Indian (Smithsonian Institution) and many renowned galleries nationally.

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  1. Jean Lee says: Reply

    Thanks for the short bio of Bill Miller. Admire him and Hope he returns to RFD at some point again. So glad he was in Leadville, would have liked to have been there.

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