Buddy Miller has seemingly done it all. I could be here all day telling you about who he’s played with, but for starters let’s go with Shawn Colvin, Emmylou Harris, Jim Lauderdale, Patty Griffin, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss…and to be honest that’s just the tip of the iceberg. At the end of 2012 Buddy teamed up with longtime friend Jim Lauderdale for an album that’s the definition of Americana called Buddy & Jim. The album itself is brilliant but over the last few years the thing that has really impressed me with Buddy is his skill as producer. I think the role of a producer is a challenging one in that you have to somehow steer the proverbial ship without getting in the way too much. It’s really a skill that few have mastered but if you want a great idea of how great Buddy Miller can be go back and check out his skill as a producer. I’d point you to the amazing album Nashville that he produced for the late Solomon Burke. There’s also the work that he did producing the latest albums for Shawn Colvin All Fall Down and for The Carolina Chocolate Drops Leaving Eden in 2012. Now as we’re in 2013 there’s a new album that Buddy has produced with the legendary Richard Thompson out February 5th called Electric. It was produced over the course of 4 days and I think it’s one of the most amazing works that Richard has done, and I think you can credit Buddy in the role of producer on this one. It’s got an incredibly loose feel, Richard’s guitar work shines through, and has a certain sense of spontaneity. WUMB will be playing a lot of the tracks on this record…so when you listen to it try to imagine Buddy pulling the strings on this terrific album!
Thanks for listening!