Globe Hall Presents
Ben Miller Band
WhiteWater Ramble Acoustic Duo, Wolf Van Elfmand
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pmGlobe Hall
$12 - $15
This event is 16 and over
All sales are final. Review your order carefully, there are no refunds for any reason. Tickets are non-transferable. No tickets are mailed to you, your name will be on the will call list night of show. Night of show (1) bring a valid government issued ID and (2) print your confirmation e-mail and bring with you night of show. Come hungry! Check out Globe Hall’s award winning BBQ!https://www.globehall.com/event/1638340/
Miller states. "That's what we strive for musically, and what I strive for
lyrically—to get directly to the point."
Getting to the point is something that the Ben Miller Band does consistently on
Choke Cherry Tree, the Joplin, Missouri-bred combo's third album and second
New West release. The consistently compelling set offers 11 new examples of
Miller's deceptively unpretentious songcraft, beneath whose ramshackle exterior
lurks sturdy, infectious melodies and resonant, emotionally insightful lyrics.
Miller's band delivers such memorable new tunes as "Nothing Gets Me Down,"
"Akira Kurosawa," "Trapeze," "Lighthouse" and "Mississippi Cure" with the sort
of unpretentious enthusiasm that's already won the group a devoted fan base
that stretches from the band's midwestern home turf to the U.K. and Europe,
where they've toured to rave reviews.
Choke Cherry Tree introduces a retooled Ben Miller Band lineup, with Miller and
fellow founding member Scott Leeper joined by new additions Rachel Ammons
and Smilin' Bob Lewis. The pair's multi-instrumental skills bring added authority
to Miller's rootsy new compositions, while maintaining the high energy level
(complete with homemade instruments constructed from broken and discarded
axes) that originally endeared the band to its fans. Elsewhere, Rachel Ammons'
expressive vocals lend depth to the haunting "Redwing Blackbird."
Miller and company recorded Choke Cherry Tree with producer Chris Funk, a
member of the Decemberists whose multi-instrumental abilities helped to
expand the band's sonic options, as did his interest in using such guest players
as Jenny Conlee and Nate Query (also of The Decemberists), renowned
saxophonist Ralph Carney (Tom Waits, Tin Huey), Dan Hunt of Neko Case’s
band, Ural Thomas, Rev Shines of Lifesavas, and more. “Chris has a lot of
musician friends,” Miller notes, “so if we needed an accordion player, he’d just
According to Miller, "Early in the process of making this album, I thought that we
either had to really nail our live approach in the recording studio, or we needed
to forget about that and just work on capturing the songs in an inventive way
that presents them in their best light. We decided on the latter approach, and we
never looked back."
Indeed, while Choke Cherry Tree maintains the rough-and-ready vibe of the
band's prior releases, the new material also features some of the most
carefully-crafted arrangements that Miller and company have ever had. "This
time around," Miller explains, "I did more demos than usual, and really hashed
out the songs at home, which gave me and Chris a really good starting point to
work the songs. It was the opposite of just jumping in and playing and trying to
capture it on the mics. Even though there was more collaboration with other
people on this album, it's probably the least compromised album I've ever
Since its formation in 2004, the Ben Miller Band has staked out an iconoclastic
niche that's established them as both a one-of-a-kind creative unit and a
grass-roots fan favorite. Channeling a century's worth of far-flung American
musical influences into rousing songcraft that radiates with smarts and soul,
Miller's tunes achieve a musical and emotional depth that belies the material's
(and the musicians') rough exterior.
The hard-working unit first won a regional fan base through old-fashioned
ingenuity and an unstinting work ethic, generating a national buzz and a
high-profile 2013 tour of Europe with ZZ Top, thanks to the patronage of
avowed BMB fan Billy Gibbons.
The Ben Miller Band's early D.I.Y. approach extended to the lo-tech, largely
self-built, instruments that the members still play on stage, including Miller's
thrift-shop guitars and banjos and Scott Leeper's one-string washtub bass. The
band's use of offbeat instrumentation, however, shouldn't be misunderstood as
"What I really care about is songs, and the rest of it is just a vehicle to get you to
that destination," Miller asserts, adding, "We have no interest in being some
kind of wacky novelty act, and just because we use junk to make music doesn't
mean we aren't serious about it."
Growing up in rural Curlew, Washington, Ben Miller began playing guitar at 16,
turning his back on a promising career as a visual artist to focus on music. He
gained experience busking and performing in open-mike nights while
road-tripping around America, and during an extended stint in Eastern Europe.
He eventually found kindred spirits in Scott Leeper and original BMB drummer
The three like-minded players joined forces, and before long their diligent
touring regimen allowed them to conquer an ever-widening fan base. In 2012,
the Ben Miller Band took its first tentative steps in the recording studio, resulting
in the self-released CD Heavy Load, which attracted a good deal of fan praise
and critical acclaim.
Word of the BMB's charismatic live shows and regional popularity eventually
began to generate a national buzz, winning them a spot on New West Records'
roster. The band made its New West debut with 2014's Any Way, Shape or
Form, recorded in Nashville with renowned producer Vance Powell.
Now, with Choke Cherry Tree ready for unveiling, Ben Miller is enjoying his
band's new four-person lineup. "The audiences seem to like it as much as ever,"
he observes, adding, "Our two new members are great and exude personality
from the stage, so I feel like we're an all-star band now. I love having a female
presence on stage, which creates a different energy that you can't get with just
dudes. I think it adds a tension that's different, but we're still high-energy on
stage, and we still play crazy instruments and move around a lot."
Miller is careful, though, not to allow the novelty of the band's homemade
instruments to overshadow the more substantial aspects of the band's output.
"If our only selling point was 'Come and check out the weird instruments,' it
would get old real fast," Miller states. "It got us in the door, but once we got in
the door, the songs became our focus. Where I put most of my energy is trying
to serve the songs, and trying to make them as good as they can be."
4483 Logan Street
Denver, CO, 80216