Miller Anderson (born 12 April 1945) is a UK-based blues guitarist and singer.
He worked extensively with Ian Hunter in the formative years of the 1960s, before either of them achieved significant success. They worked in bands such as the Scenery and At Last The 1958 Rock ‘n’ Roll Show (later called Charlie Woolfe) and Anderson is referenced in the title track of Hunter’s 1976 album All American Alien Boy (“well I remember all the good times me and Miller enjoyed, up and down the M1 in some luminous yo-yo toy”). Anderson would later guest on two Hunter solo albums.
Apart from pursuing his solo career, he was a member of the Keef Hartley Band. Other groups he has been associated with are the Spencer Davis Group, Broken Glass, the Dukes, Mountain, Savoy Brown, T.Rex and Chicken Shack. In early 2006, he joined the British Blues Quintet with Maggie Bell, Zoot Money, Colin Hodgkinson and Colin Allen.
In the spring of 2016, Anderson returned to the studio and in July 2016 released a new album, Through the Mill.
Anderson was born in Houston, Renfrewshire, Scotland. (wikipedia9
This is a wonderful collection of live recordings by veteran British Blues-Rock vocalist / guitarist / songwriter Miller Anderson and his band, which also includes keyboardist Frank Tischer, bassist Kris Gray and drummer Klaus Schenk. The music was recorded during various concerts played in Germany, where Anderson enjoys a loyal support from a large fan base. The 2CD album presents nineteen electrifying performances and two bonus tracks, altogether a feast of brilliant Blues-Rock material that lasts for solid two hours.
Most of the songs included on the album were composed by Anderson and present a mix of old material originating in the good old days when Anderson was a member of the Keef Hartley Band and other songs written over the years, as well as a few Blues classics, which get a new treatment by Anderson and the band.
The material confirms that Anderson is still in fantastic form and belongs to the absolute top league of Blues-Rock performers originating in the 1960s and still active today. His songs are excellent, his guitar work is stunning and his vocals are convincing and full of power. He manages to keep the spirit of the British electric Blues revival alive and kicking, playing music that refuses to become irrelevant and withstands the tides of time, leaving all the garbage that passes as music these days way behind.
Sadly Anderson is surely one of the most underappreciated guitar players around and is almost never mentioned as an influence in various music sources, which list completely unoriginal second rate guitar players as idols. Life is a bitch that way, with many young players that could have learned so much from this man, are most probably completely oblivious as to his existence.
Overall this is a wonderful Blues-Rock album, which includes all the elements the fans of the genre expect to find on a great album: heartbreaking vocals, extended soul wrenching guitar solos and a great band supporting the front man. This album does not disappoint in any of the above prerequisites. A definite must-have to all serious fans of the genre! (Adam Baruch)
Finally a live album (recorded during the 2008 German tour) by the generally underrated Scottish guitarist and – what many don’t know – “Woodstock” veteran (was on stage with the KEEF HARTLEY BAND at the time) MILLER ANDERSON.
Anderson & Co. really get going with the opener: “City Blues” clearly documents that Miller has not forgotten any of his finger skills. He can rock out, and – where it matters – he can also take it easy – like in the fine adaptation of Ry COODER’s “Across The Borderline”. Nevertheless, more than half of the songs are from Miller’s own pen, and the fact that Miller can write touching blues ballads and groovy rock songs should slowly get around. Some songs – like “By The Light” – have real catchy qualities.
The album offers a cleverly selected cross-section of the repertoire from the band days with the KEEF HARTLEY BAND (three songs, “Sinnin’ For You”, “Just To Cry” and “Leavin’ Trunk”, are a reminiscence of the unfortunately “suboptimal” performance at the Woodstock Festival) and SAVOY BROWN (“Boogie Brothers” and “Everybody Loves A Drinking Man”) as well as the various solo phases.
The fact that MILLER ANDERSON is still an ardent admirer of JIMI HENDRIX is underlined by his version of the Sleepy John Estes classic “Leavin’ Trunk”, with peppered, sometimes wah-wah-supported guitar solos. As a second bonus track, “Hey Joe”, which Miller sometimes included in the set list during the tour, would have been a good fit – too bad, it’s not on there. Other cover gems are certainly his arrangements of the traditional “House Of The Rising Sun” or the equally often worn-out standard “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”, which Miller can really breathe new life into. “As The Crow Flies”, a blues song by TONY JOE WHITE, is sparsely orchestrated for acoustic guitar and harmonica. Reduction to the essentials gives this brittle song the necessary depth. Besides the rather melancholic, thoughtful lyrics, there is also something to smile about, e.g. in the homage to his birthplace Houston, which he pronounces as “cough”. Apart from his excellent (slide) guitar work, one should not underestimate that Miller also has a great voice!
By the way, his backing band adapts perfectly to the frontman; none of the accompanying musicians tries to play themselves into the foreground, nevertheless, they are all allowed to show off their individual skills.
Recorded live recorded during the 2008 German tour
CONCLUSION: “From Lizard Rock!” is a really successful, stylistically varied live document, with the nice treat “Memories Of Woodstock”, where MILLER ANDERSON tells a funny anecdote. By the way: The drawings for the tastefully designed DigiPack are by the master “himself”! (Roland Schmitt)
Miller Anderson (vocals, guitar, harmonica)
Kris Gray (bass, background vocals)
Frank Tischer (keyboards, background vocals)
Klaus Schenk (drums)
01. City Blues (Anderson) 6.44
02. Fallin’ Back Into The Blue (Anderson) 4.46
03. Sinnin’ For You (Hartley/Hewison) 6.27
04. Just To Cry (Anderson/Lowher/Finnigan) 7.56
05. Leavin’ Trunk (Estes) 7.27
06. By The Light (Anderson) 9.09
07. Borderline (Cooder/Hiatt/Dickinson) 4.37
08. House Of The Risin’ Sun (Traditional) 6.24
09. Little Man Dancing (Andeson) 5.14
01. High Tide And High Water (Anderson) 7.43
02. Think It Over (King) 5.52
03. Drinking Man (Anderson) 3.07
04. Ramblin’ On My Mind (Johnson) 6.44
05. Boogie Brothers (Anderson) 4.13
06. As The Crow Flies (White) 6.03
07. Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood (Benjamin/Marcus/Cadwell) 4.07
08. Memories Of Woodstock (Anderson) 3.07
09. Houston (Anderson) 5.48
10. Eye On The Prize (Anderson) 6.02
11. That’s All Right Mama (studio recording) (Crudup) 5.20
The now deleted official website (but on facebook he´s stll alive and well):