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  • Writer's pictureMyra Chapman

Silverheels Records: New Release

Artist Derek gets a 'break up' letter backstage before he is about to go on. Lacey Hill and Billy MacInnis join him on stage and they lay it down proper, because life's worth living, and the living's right now! Inspired by Hank Williams, Derek brings the old feel of the 50's into the now and delivers a whimsical and candid performance yearning for adventure and love.

Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist/ Actor Derek Miller (MohawK) is a member of the Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation, Ontario, Canada and a two-time Juno award winning artist. As a teen in the 90's he became interested in music touring and learning the business with well known artist Buffy Sainte Marie before releasing his debut album "Music is Medicine" in 2002 on Arbor Records. The single "Lovesick Blues" won the Juno Award for Aboriginal Recording of the Year.

His second album "Dirty Looks" won Best Rock Album at the Canadian Aboriginal Music and won Recording of the Year at the Juno Awards. His third album Derek Miller with Double Trouble featured the band backing band of famed blues musician Stevie Ray Vaughan.

In 2015 he compiled the album "RUMBLE: A Tribute to Native Music Icons. "The music of the signature artists featured on this CD represents the diversity of Native achievement and artistry in American popular music. They broke new ground, overcoming the public's limited expectations of Indians as musicians, and went on to great careers. Their stories are not just one-hit wonders in Native history, but a backstage pass to music history. The remarkable successes of Native musicians were showcased in the National Museum of the American Indian's (NMAI) exhibition, Up Where We Belong: Native Musicians in Popular Culture. Aboriginal singer/songwriter/guitarist Derek Miller (Mohawk) harnessed the energy and dynamic self-expression of the various artists represented on this CD during a live concerts at both NMAI-DC and NMAI-NY." - The Smithsonian

RUMBLE: A Tribute to Native Music Icons Features:

Rumble by Link Wray, GodFather of the Rock Power Cord

Witchi Tai To, by Jim Pepper

Come and Get Your Love by Redbone

The Weight by Robbie Robertson with The Band

Road to Nowhere by Randy Castillo with Ozzy Osbourne

Down the Dirt Road Blues by Blues Musician Charley Patton (April 1891 – April 28, 1934)

Corrina by Jesse Ed Davis with Taj Mahal

The Wind Cries Mary by Jimi Hendrix

Cod'ine by Buffy Sainte-Marie

The Ballad of Ira Hayes by Peter La Farge --

Fire and Brimstone by Link Wray

Come On, Let's Go by Ritchie Valens

Derek Miller has also appeared in in television and film such as Moccasin Flats, Redemption, Fire Song, Point Traverse and Hard Rock Medical. He began hosting Guilt Free Zone, a variety and sketch comedy series on the Aboriginal People's Televison Network.

In the Southwest, usually around Santa Fe you can find Derek Miller performing with his friend and well-known actor Gary Farmer in the band Gary Farmer & The Troublemakers.

One of our all-time favorites by Derek Miller is the single "Stoned for Days" where he recreates a famous movie scene by screen legend Steve McQueen. It's been a minute since Lovesick Blues but one thing remains the same, the music of Derek Miller only gets better.


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