Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Road Trip Music in Wisconsin


As the Great American Road Trip winds through the landscapes of Wisconsin, from the big cities to the farmlands to the university towns to the watersides, listen to the music of two Wisconsin artists who, in different ways, each have the landscapes of their native state embedded in their music.


Bill Miller is a member of the Menomonee Nation. He’s a writer, a singer, a player of the flute and a gifted visual artist. Though he has lived in Nashville for some years, his songs and his melodies often hold elements of his Native heritage in the land of the wild rice people, and he has won several Native American music awards. One good introduction to Miller’s work is Spirit Rain.

John Smith has that most everyman of names. To set that apart a bit, professionally he writes it johnsmith, but really it is his lyrics and his skill at painting pictures of small town life that reach beyond the bounds of the town that set him apart. Gravity of Grace is a good place to meet johnsmith, who lives in a Wisconsin town on the banks of the Mississippi River.

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Music Road: looking toward Christmas: Bill Miller

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Music Road: Road Trip Music in Mississippi

This is part of The Great American Road Trip, in which I’m partnering up with A Traveler’s Library to add musical ideas to the book and film suggestions for journeys through the regions of the United States which you’ll find there. Stop by and see what the Library has in mind to inspire travels in Wisconsin.
For more about the road trip (and a look at some great road songs) see Great American Road Trip: Music begins


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