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Dale Miller is a finger style guitarist living in Berkeley, California with his wife of 25 years and their dog and cat. He grew up in Washington, D.C. and was into music from a very young age, first listening to his father sing standards while driving the car or working around the house and then getting into Rock and Roll as it was born in the mid 1950's. His first record purchase was the 45 Yes It's Me and I'm in Love Again by Fats Domino. He soon had a collection that included Jimmy Reed, Chuck Berry, the Everly Brothers, Ricky Nelson, Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly. He began playing guitar in the folk boom of the early 1960's, first strumming simple tunes and then investigating the finger picking styles of Peter, Paul and Mary and other folk stars. From this base he became interested in the more intricate styles of roots players like Mississippi John Hurt, Son House and Skip James. Later, at the University of Texas, he met bluesmen Lightnin' Hopkins and Mance Lipscomb. A high point for the teenaged Miller was passing a whiskey bottle back a forth with the hard drinking Hopkins and washboard player Cleveland Chanier at a party. He hung with the yet to be famous Janis Joplin, Gilbert Shelton, Powell St. John, Toad Andrews and other Austin musicians and artists and began to realize the possibility of living an alternative life style. His biggest musical influence soon became John Fahey, who was the first person to perform solo finger picking guitar tunes in a concert setting. Miller began to experiment with increasingly intricate guitar solo arrangements. He perfected these techniques over two years (1967-68) of long evenings in the dirt floor, kerosene-lighted bamboo shack he built and lived in as a Peace Corps volunteer in Peru. On his return to the U.S. Miller first took six weeks of guitar lessons from Dave Parker in Washington, D.C. and then studied music theory under Bill Fowler at the University of Utah for a year. He traded ideas with many guitarists and learned licks and tunes from the fingerpicking books
  • Dale Miller - Both of Me [CD]
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LanguageEnglish
Publication Date20010925
Publisher ImprintAudio & Video Labs, Inc

Both of Me

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