ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Ben Miller got to get some hometown love back in Republic, Wash. In fact, he was able to see a bunch of his old friends.
“The show was amazing and has set the tone for the tour from this point on out,” he says during a recent phone interview. “I’m excited to see what this current tour is going to bring.”
Miller is the namesake for the bluegrass outfit Ben Miller Band. The band includes Doug Dicharry and Scott Leeper. It is touring in support of its album, “Any Way, Shape or Form,” which was released last year.
Miller says the band spent about a month putting the album together. The band wanted to capture a live feel to the songs and recorded them in the studio.
“We just kept doing take after take of each song until we got it nearly perfect,” he says. “We didn’t go back and do overdubs or anything. What we played is what we got. We treated it just like we were playing a show.”
Miller says the band spent many months last year opening for legendary band ZZ Top. In fact, it opened for ZZ Top during its entire European tour.
“That experience was completely awesome,” he says. “They have been so generous to us and getting us into places that we could have never imagined.”
Miller says being able to perform in front of audiences in a huge market in Europe was great exposure for the band.
“The markets overseas respond well to the homemade Americana we’re bringing,” he says. “This is an excellent feeling.”
Miller and crew are currently on a smaller headlining tour before they meet back up again with ZZ Top for another stint on tour.
“We’ve been so fortunate and our new material is reaching a new audience,” he says.