Song Premiere: John R. Miller “Shenandoah Shakedown”
On July 16, Rounder Records will release John R. Miller’s new album Depreciated. The Nashville-based artist is a gifted, evocative songwriter who revisits his West Virginia youth on the 11 original compositions. Miller has gained notoriety not only for his own music but also as an adept instrumentalist while touring with the Hackensaw Boys, Sierra Ferrell, and J.P. Harris. On Depreciated he teams with producers Justin Francis (Leon Bridges, Kacey Musgraves, Margo Price) and Adam Meisterhans (who has recorded and performed as a guitarist with Tyler Childers, Joshua Hedley, Lillie Mae). They recorded Depreciated in Studio A of the historic Sound Emporium in Nashville. The album effectively presents Miller’s absorbing, nuanced country-blues material.
Today we premiere the lyrics video for “Shenandoah Shakedown.” Miller tells Relix, “At some point or another we all confuse attachment for love, and probably stay in a relationship long past its expiration date. In this song the narrator dwells, in hallucinatory fragments, on one such relationship after its end, framed by the imposing-yet-comforting presence of the Shenandoah River.”
Childers, who has covered Miller’s songs in the live setting, praises him as a “well-traveled wordsmith mapping out the world he’s seen, three chords at a time.”