Feisty, funny singer/guitar-slinger Scott Miller is not a simple study.
Raised on a cattle farm in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, where he expects to return before too long, he writes songs full of rural imagery, and his trademark is the mule. But he also has a degree in Russian and Soviet Studies from William & Mary and can write a rock song with the best of them.
In 1990, armed with his prestigious but ultimately useless degree
(“The Soviet Union collapsed when I graduated — I don't take any credit, though"), Miller moved to Knoxville, where he started scraping out a living playing local bars and clubs. The owner of a now-defunct bar called Hawkeye’s quickly recognized Miller’s homespun appeal and gave him a regular night, and he proceeded to build a loyal legion of fans. The marquee outside said “Scott Miller: Every Damn Friday” for four long years. Meanwhile, Miller began touring regionally and his following grew accordingly.
The next phase found him a member of Knoxville roots-rock unit the V-Roys, the first band signed to E-Squared, an indie label founded by the late Jack Emerson and Steve Earle. He then signed with Sugar Hill, for which he recorded three studio albums and a live record with the Commonwealth.
And now comes this fiercely individualistic phase of the veteran artist’s career. “Owning your own record company is not as glamorous as the olden days,” he notes, “but with more money I can buy me some glamorous shit. But seriously, owning this record is not about making more money — it’s about keeping more money.”
“For Crying Out Loud cements Scott Miller's reputation as a national treasure, and brings newfound respect for The Commonwealth, one of the best bands on the road today.
The Commonwealth gives Miller the freedom to roam alone on the piercingly funny solo acoustic cut "Sin in Indiana," much like the E Street Band affords Springsteen the ability to traverse through many different musical genres. Simply put, when you have a great band- check out the straightforward thrust of "Iron Gate" - stylistic boundaries start to disappear, and endless possibilities like the priceless duet with Patty Griffin, "I'm Right Here My Love," become the norm”. – Honest Tune
“For Miller, the modus operandi is generally no-nonsense rootsy rock & roll, sometimes quieter and more reflective acoustic balladry, and almost always a way with words that few other Americana songwriters can match.” – No Depression
“Depending on whom you ask you will get multiple answers about what type of music Scott Miller and the Commonwealth make. Some will call it country or rock or Americana or even roots music. You know what I call it "For Crying Out Loud?" It's just "good music." No, check that. It's just "damn good music." - Roughstock