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Blues pianist, songwriter Scottie Miller to perform

Oct. 13

Blues pianist and songwriter Scottie “Bones” Miller will perform Thursday, Oct. 13, in a Performance Series concert.

2011-10-14
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office news release [10/12/2011]

Blues pianist and songwriter Scottie “Bones” Miller will perform Thursday, Oct. 13, in a Minnesota State University, Mankato Performance Series concert.

Miller – who admits a fondness for the blues piano stylings of Dr. John, Otis Spann and James Booker – will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center.

He describes his style as “a mixture of piano blues, funk and soul,” which includes New Orleans piano blues and material performed by Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt and Elvis Costello.

“Typically, I am sitting at the piano and come up with a melody or chord progression that I’m drawn to by the way it feels and sounds.” he says. “This inspires a lyric, title or lyrical idea.”

Miller has been playing piano since age six, and became interested in jazz in high school. He studied jazz at Berklee College of Music, Boston. When not playing solo gigs, he leads the Scottie Miller Band, which has toured the Midwest for 10 years.

He also tours with Grammy nominated and BMA Award-winning soul and blues singer-songwriter Ruthie Foster and her band, playing Hammond organ, Wurlitzer and piano as well as some mandolin and background vocals. He has also recorded on some of Foster’s albums.

He has recorded several of his own albums as a soloist and with the Re-Uptake Inhibitors. His most recent recorded project, “Home,” is a live DVD.

Concert admission is $12; $11 for students with a valid MavCard. Those who wish to purchase tickets online may go to www.mnsu.edu/music. Those who want more information may call the Performance Series office at (507) 389-5549.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,547 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 32 state institutions.

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