TWO MORE HIGHS
"You think no one's paying attention," says country-rocker Jason Miller of the initial response to his fourth album, One More High One More Low, which he and his J.Miller Band recorded last year in New Mexico with producer Jono Manson. But then, it turns out, they really are — and not just here at home, where Indy readers chose it as 2014's Album of the Year. The CD was also named Best Country Album at the 2015 New Mexico Music Awards.
COWBOY IN PAKISTAN
The next logical step, apparently, is to go back in the studio and re-record the vocal track to "Gypsy Wind," this time in Urdu. Miller's not kidding: With Manson's help, the song will be included in the soundtrack to a forthcoming Pakistani film, which is set for early 2016 release. "It will be my first song," he says, "that ever earned me a paycheck."
WHAT COMES NEXT
When he won the Indy Music Awards' Americana award two years ago, Miller was still rebuilding his life — specifically, the home that he and his family lost to the Black Forest Fire. With that ordeal in the past, the singer-songwriter is looking forward to heading back into the studio this fall to record a fifth album, this time with an assist from banjoist Jim Marsh and guitarist Shannon Carr of Grass It Up. The new project, he says, will have more of a "jam-grass vibe" with new songs and, eventually, a new band name.
Second place: Here's to Fightin'
Third place: My Name Is Harriett