FAME Review: Jerry Miller - New Road Under My Wheels
Jerry Miller - New Road Under My Wheels

New Road Under My Wheels

Jerry Miller

Signature Sounds - SIG2054

Available from Signature Sounds.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mike Jurkovic

A furor and frenzy of dexterity, wit, tradition, and fired up rockabilly blow 2013's musical spider webs to bits when Travis Express kicks off New Road Under My Wheels, Jerry Miller's long anticipated solo debut.

But to call New Road Under My Wheels Miller's debut could be a lot misleading. No, not because this Jerry Miller is not THE Jerry Miller of Moby Grape. It's because night after night, town after town, continent after continent with the Eilen Jewell Band, this Miller's reverby twang tells so eloquently his instrument's history: Dick Dale, Duane Eddy, James Burton, Steve Cropper, 60's pop, western swing, country soul. There is many a mile in Miller's fingers and he sets the pace on this rousing mix of originals (the above mentioned opener, Moon Fallin', Slaughter On Roosevelt Boulevard) and deep country covers (Grandpa Jones' 1946 single Eight More Miles To Louisville; Bob Willis' swinging The End of The Line; and Pee Wee Reese and Redd Stuarts' backwoods boogie Brother Drop Dead)

Tight, concise, and full of flourish New Road Under My Wheels features Jerry Miller as the eye of the hurricane, but he gains considerable gale force from his sidemen, notably bassist Johnny Sciascia and drummer/co-producer Jason Beek. Also aiding and abetting the crosswinds are vocalists Miss Tess (she of the recently released chanteuse driven gem Sweet Talk), and the swooning queen of the minor key herself, Eilen Jewell on the slinky What A Little Moonlight Can Do. New Road Under My Wheels is a spirited listen to say the least.

Track List:

  • Travis Express
  • I've Got A New Road Under My Wheels
  • Detour
  • 'Round 'em Up
  • Eight More Miles To Louisville
  • What A Little Moonlight Can Do
  • Steuben Street Blues
  • Moon Fallin'
  • Brother Drop Dead
  • Poor Ellen Smith
  • Slaughter On Roosevelt Boulevard
  • The End of The Line
Produced by Jerry Miller & Jason Beek

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2013, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.
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