Hello, I'm Keith Miller and I'm an acoustic guitarist. I grew up in Spartanburg, SC, and started playing guitar at the age of 6 in 1972. My Mom's family was one of the founding families of a little apple orchard and mountain valley farming community called Edneyville, NC, and lived there four generations before my grand father moved to the Piedmont area in South Carolina to work in the cotton mill. My father's side also came from the mountains and foothills of North Carolina and northern Georgia, but later moved, in large part, to Spartanburg County. I'm a retired Air Force major, and I enjoy playing the guitar in church, restaurants, country clubs, resorts and plantations in the Charleston, SC area. I now live with my family in Summerville, SC. I love the Lord, and try to serve Him with my life and music. Thanks for visiting my Soundclick webpage.
I perform whenever I have the opportunity, and have been recently a featured musician at the Sermet's Corner on Daniel Island, Palmetto Flats and Cuppa Manna in Summerville, and at the Coosaw Creek Country Club in Charleston, SC. Additionally, I regularly serve through music at my church, Calvary Chapel Summerville. I was the featured guitarist at Middleton Place Historic Site and restaurant for over 2 years, and I've played in the Atlantic Room at Kiawah Island's premier resort, The Sanctuary, and Ocean Course Restaurant. I've also performed at Summervillle's legendary 5-Star Woodlands Inn, and various locations in downtown Charleston and a few memorable locations in Alexandria, Virginia. I was honored with an opportunity to open once for the phenomenal guitarist, Doyle Dykes. I've recorded with Kentucky Thunder fiddle player, Andy Leftwich, and renowned bassist, Dave Pomeroy, on my latest work entitled, "Be Thou My Vision," and I've recorded with guitar legend, Phil Keaggy on a project for autism awareness entitled, "Where Words Fail, Music Speaks." The title track of my hymn CD featuring Andy and Dave can be heard on this Soundclick page.
I remember watching Buck Owens and Roy Clark on TV when I was little, and I adored Buck's red, white and blue guitar. On the radio, I listened to John Denver, Jim Croce and James Taylor. I thought the sounds JT made were just magic. I learned to fingerpick while working on the Kansas classic, "Dust in the Wind," when I was 12. It wasn't until my 20's that I discovered Phil Keaggy and later had my socks blown off by Doyle Dykes at a guitar clinic down in San Angelo, TX, back in 1998. Since then, I've spent so many hours listening to and learning from folks like Doyle and Phil. Through Doyle, I re-discovered Chet Atkins, and found Tommy Emmanuel among other greats like Lenny Breau and Merle Travis. All of that said, I think my biggest influence is God's own Holy Spirit. He ministers a peace to me that I think finds expression through my fingers and into the instrument. It is His voice that I long to communicate, and I'm grateful for all the great players that continue to teach me the skills of expression that I may be able to communicate His voice in a more eloquent and elegant way.
I'm a big fan of Taylor Guitars. Those guys know how to make an instrument, and they are the most consistent brand out there of their size that I've found. I find, to get a comparable tone to Taylor, you have to go to an independent luthier, and often pay 10 times more. I play the Taylor Doyle Dykes Signature Model, the Taylor 514ce, Yairi BY88SB, Ramierz 130, and the Taylor NS74ce. My 514ce is over 20 years old now and is aging beautifully. The cedar top is darker and the tone just gets warmer and warmer with age. I use Boss digital delay and reverb pedals, and my current amps are the light weight AER Compact 60 and Bose L1 Compact.
For more information please visit: http://www.facebook.com/gratefulguitar I'm also on CD Baby, reverbnation, youtube and iTunes so look me up if you like what you hear!