Classic Rock meets Classic Country when the Steve Miller Band & Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives grace the stage Tuesday, August 27th, 7pm at the Oregon State Fair!
THE HISTORIC SONG CRAFT OF STEVE MILLER.
Steve Miller Band
Steve Miller has been an enlivening presence on the American music scene for more than half a century. To begin with in the late 60s he was a mainstay of the San Francisco sound, upending American culture with albums like Children of the Future, Sailor, and Brave New World. Miller perfected the psychedelic blues sound that drew upon the deepest sources of American roots music, and simultaneously articulated a compelling vision of what music— and indeed society— could be in years to come.
Then in the 1970s Miller crafted a brand of pure pop that was smart, polished, exciting and irresistible. The beauty and immediacy of his work become more palpable with each listen. This sound dominated radio in a way that few artists have ever managed. Hit followed hit in what seemed like an endless flow, The Joker, Take The Money and Run, Rock' n Me, Fly Like An Eagle, Jet Liner, and Jungle Love are among his standouts. Those songs are instantly recognizable to this very day when played on the radio. They're impossible not to sing along with, because their hooks are the definition of indelible.
Running through Miller’s distinctive catalog is a combination of virtuosity and song craft. And it’s no accident. His parents were jazz aficionados, not to mention close friends of Les Paul and Mary Ford. No wonder the budding guitarist named Steve absorbed valuable lessons from that musical tradition. A family move to Texas only served to deepen his education in the blues with family friend T - Bone Walker. A later move to Chicago led Miller to play with the likes of Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, James Cotton, and Paul Butterfield. Those profound influencers inform his music to this day.
MARTY STUART WALKS AMONG LEGENDS.
Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives
With legends like George Jones, Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard all passed on, country music purists often echo the question Jones himself asked "Who's going to fill their shoes?" The answer, in part, is Marty Stuart.
While he's too gracious to admit it himself, the Grammy - winning singer, songwriter and musician is living, breathing country - music history.
He's played alongside the masters, from Cash to Lester Flatt, who discovered him; been a worldwide ambassador for Nashville, Bakersfield and points in between; and safeguarded countrys most valuable traditions and physical artifacts. Including its literal shoes, Stuart counts the brogan of Carter Family patriarch A.P. Carter and an assortment of Cash's black boots among his vast collection of memorabilia.
But most importantly, Stuart continues to record and release keenly relevant music, records that honor country’s rich legacy while advancing it into the future. Way Out West, his 18th studio album, hits both of those marks.
Produced by Mike Campbell (of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), the album is a cinematic tour-de-force, an exhilarating musical journey through the California desert that solidifies Stuart as a truly visionary artist.