Guitarist, singer, and songwriter Steve Miller joins the Museum for a 2021 interview, as part of the "Live at the Hall" series, and explores a Music City connection: He recorded in Nashville in 1970, and discusses that period in his career with the Museum’s Michael Gray.
Miller—famous for his many classic rock hits, such as "The Joker," "Fly Like an Eagle" and "Take the Money and Run"—features in the Museum’s online exhibition "Dylan, Cash and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City," which tracks the late 1960s/early 1970s period when adventurous rock and folk music artists embraced Nashville and its unmatched session musicians.
In May 1970, the San Francisco-based Steve Miller Band recorded its album "Number 5" at Cinderella Sound, a small, independent studio owned by Nashville guitarist Wayne Moss. Moss and fellow Nashville musicians Charlie McCoy, Buddy Spicher, and Bobby Thompson are featured prominently on the album.
Miller shares his memories of working in Music City and collaborating with the Nashville Cats on “Going to the Country” and other songs. He also talks about his decision to record in Nashville; his interest in country music; how he was greeted by Johnny Cash at the Nashville airport; and why he enjoys performing at the Ryman Auditorium.
Part of the interview focuses on what was happening musically and politically during this era in America: the Kent State shootings happened while Miller was recording in Nashville, and he took a break between Nashville recordings to perform a stadium show in Philadelphia with the Grateful Dead and Jimi Hendrix.
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