interview and live performance
What the critics are saying about
"February captures the whole spectrum of feelings one would experience across a period of time - from gloomy despair to an uncontrollable hopefulness...[the] cyclical and ever-changing nature of human emotion..."
"The vulnerabilities are laid out bare for all to see...[the] music demands focus and attention..."
"How the hell do you describe such a beautiful voice as that of Shelley Miller? Soft, penetrating, intense, seductive, with great expressiveness...Gorgeous, dark compositions that crawl through the cracks of your skin..."
WXRT - 93.1 FM Chicago, IL - Local Anesthetic WLUW - 88.7 FM Chicago, IL
When It's All Gone, You Come Back
"Shelley Miller is a songwriter’s songwriter; the sort that other artists will pick through her catalog over time for songs to cover. While this is true, it’s hard to imagine most artists interpreting Miller’s songs with the same mix of comedy, tragedy and warm-hearted grit that she manages on When It’s All Gone, You Come Back. Miller inhabits her songs like a second skin..."
"When It’s All Gone, You Come Back is a must have CD. This is songwriting and performance at the highest level. I think that Shelley Miller’s When It’s All Gone, You Come Back will be one my top picks for the year 2010. 10 out of 10 stars."- Don Sechelski, The Muse's Muse, April 2010 (read full review)"Miller's third and strongest recording to date is the perfect road disc...Other discs had come and gone but Miller's breezy informality with the hard truths of our shared experience rode with me faithfully through the rain, snow, sleet, and hail of another New York winter." - Mike Jurkovic, Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange, May 2010 (read full review)
"In short, an absolute must."
"Extremely well played acoustic folk with wonderful shimmering melodies...this woman's got enormous talent..."
"I hear a delicate, acoustic singer-songwriter than can turn on a dime, and deliver hard-hitting roots-rock-blues numbers ala Bonnie Raitt or Lucinda Williams."
"Shelley Miller is a master of beautifully composed poetic imagery...Set in skillfully arranged music, every lyrical story is spun with perfect accompaniment and a voice as versatile as the weather."
- Indie Music Report, April 2010 (read full review)
"Her voice is so important to her sound it's akin to a Stradivarius violin – rare and difficult to duplicate. You likely won't find this brand of breaking, heartfelt folk on American Idol, but if there was “Americana Idol” we'd be texting her in."- Indie Music Report, April 2010
"The tender fingerpicking and the emotional honesty of the lyrics together weave images and feelings of younger days, and of times when things make sense, without any sort of explanation."
In addition, "When It's All Gone..." has been played
on the following radio shows and podcasts and blogs:
5/12/2010 - theedgeonair.com - "Music Notes with Evelyn"
5/6/2010 - 97.7 FM ALICE, Springfield, IL - "Live in Studio A"
4/2/2010 - Live interview/performance on WLUW's "The Razor and Die Show" (listen/download)
WXRT - 93.1 FM Chicago, IL - Local Anesthetic WLUW - 88.7 FM Chicago, IL WNUR - 89.3 FM Evanston, IL WFMT 98.7 FM Chicago, IL - The Midnight Special WFHB - 91.3 FM Bloomington, IN
WEFT - 90.1 FM Champaign, IL
WBGU - 88.1 FM Bowling Green, KY
WHFR - 89.3 FM Dearborn, MI
WBOR - 91.1 FM Brunswick, ME
WDBX - 91.1 FM Carbondale, IL
WPRB - 103.3 FM Princeton, NJ
WCVE - 88.9 FM Richmond, VA KPSU - 1450 AM Portland, OR
KRVM FM - Eugene, OR
KXCI FM - 91.3 FM Tuscon, AZ
That Blue Jeans Guy
If you would like a review copy of 'When It's All Gone, You Come Back, or would like some mp3s for your blog/podcast, drop Shelley a line HERE.
old town songbook cd, volume 2
"Shelley Miller adds a perky twang to the commonly slow-drifting "Red River Valley," suggesting it has a home in dark and dusty saloons." - Rachel Heisler, Las Vegas City Life, Sept. 07
"...a voice as clear as a midwest sky"
"...Miller has done an exemplary job in showing how folk music is more than just a dreary acoustic guitar and vocal. Instead, folk can also be a beautiful, multi-faceted thing." - Dan MacIntosh, Indie-Music.com, Jan. 07
"...richly engineered" - David C. Eldridge, Illinois Entertainer, Feb. 07
"Their arrangements are tight and crisp and Miller's crystal-clear, emotive vocals will appeal to fans of everyone from new-folkers Sharron Kraus, Bethany Yarrow, and Marissa Nadler to such queens of this...territory as Janis Ian, Margo Timmons and Natalie Merchant." - Jeff Penczak, Foxy Digitalis, Dec. 06 (read full review)
"She shows she can really rock it..."
- Amy Lotsberg, Collected Sounds, Dec. 06
"...thoughtful lyrics sung with an honest, melodic voice..."
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What People Are Saying:
"I love when Shelley plays at The Store. With just an acoustic guitar and her voice, she has the ability to take her audience on the emotional roller-coaster that most full bands wish they had."
- Rick LaCour, Booking Manager, The Store, Chicago, IL
"Singer-songwriter and veteran Old Town School teacher Shelley Miller...could teach a lot of folkies a thing or two about sophisticated imagery and hooks. And 2006's excellent, self-released Morning Somewhere should earn her fans from the Lucinda Williams camp."
Miller...immediately wooed the crowded room of thirty. Her soulful lyrics and complex song structure left everyone quietly attentive. Her songs of heartbreak were highlighted with quirky interjections of dialogue. "People sometimes scare me," she admitted. "That's why I have cats."