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Philanthropic rocker Mark Miller gives free concert tomorrow
Mark Miller has performed throughout the Upstate at various venues, but has worked with numerous artists worldwide as a producer. He has either received training from or worked alongside notable members of the music industry like producer Michael Wagener, guitarist Gary Pihl, and musician Norbert Putnam. In 1998, Miller's soundtrack composition was featured in "Redemption," a film screened at the '99 Sundance Film Festival. Other works have been produced for radio and television. Currently, he is a guest DJ of radio shows for Charlotte Indie Radio, in addition to managing Wheresville Records, a sound studio he founded in '97 to re-release his first album titled "Seasons of Ice."
 
He hasn't just brought his own music to the scene, Miller has been orchestrating local benefit concerts since 1992. He's raised funds for an array of different causes and has been a huge help to many organizations and individuals for quite some time. Miller was the driving force behind Chapman's Music Mosaic concert back in the summer. The concert put several local, upcoming talents on stage to debut their singer-songwriter style. On Saturday, Nov. 9, hear Miller play at the Hub City Empty Bowls Soup Day charity event. Of course, if you can't wait, stop by Zimmerli Plaza at Chapman this Sunday, Oct. 20 for a free taste of his musical skill, 2-4 p.m.
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Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce

Spartanburg Area News

Rocker Mark Miller Live in Free Concert, Sunday, Oct. 20

Date:  10/14/2013
Category:  Member News

SPARTANBURG, SC – The weekly Singer-Songwriter Concerts continue at Chapman Cultural Center with rocker Mark Miller this Sunday, Oct. 20. Hear Miller, owner of Wheresville Records, perform 2-4 p.m. for free. Concerts take place in Zimmerli Plaza along with the Art Market, 1-5 p.m. All Sundays Unplugged events are in addition to the many museums and galleries, most with free admission. 

Mark Miller has performed throughout the Upstate at various venues, but has worked with numerous artists worldwide as a producer. He has either received training from or worked alongside notable members of the music industry like producer Michael Wagener, guitarist Gary Pihl, and musician Norbert Putnam. In 1998, Miller's soundtrack composition was featured in "Redemption," a film screened at the '99 Sundance Film Festival. Other works have been produced for radio and television. Currently, he is a guest DJ of radio shows for Charlotte Indie Radio, in addition to managing Wheresville Records, a sound studio he founded in '97 to re-release his first album. 

For more information regarding Singer-Songwriter Sunday features, contact Chapman Cultural Center at (864) 542-ARTS. Go to wheresvillerecords.com to learn more about Mark Miller. 

http://web.spartanburgchamber.com/news/newsarticledisplay.aspx?ArticleID=143

The Racoon - England in 1819 Interview about Fireball Electric Tomorrow

Fireball Electric Tomorrow get nice write up

Greenville Journal

 

Music Mosaic showcases eight artists at Chapman

By Vincent Harris

Updated June 20, 2013

 

Source: Greenville Journal Newspaper

Mixing it up

It's been said before that being charitable can create its own benefits, and that's quite literally the case for Spartanburg musician Mark Miller. Miller was called upon by Spartanburg's nonprofit community arts organization Hub-Bub four years ago to gather musicians for a show benefitting the Empty Bowls Project, which raises money for local soup kitchens, Meals On Wheels and similar services. The show took place at the Chapman Cultural Center, and was so successful that the center's CEO reached out to Miller for a different project.

"This past year, the Empty Bowls show was really successful," Miller says, "and Jennifer Evins from Chapman contacted me in January and told me they were thinking about having entertainment on Sundays. They wanted to bring awareness to the fact that the Cultural Center's art gallery was open on Sunday.

"We discussed it, and she said I'd gotten such a strong reaction to the entertainment for the Empty Bowls project that she wanted to know if I could get some of those same artists to play on Sundays. I said I would approach them about it, and I got about half of them. Along with some new artists as well, that's what turned into Sundays Unplugged."

Miller, who works as both a musician and as the owner of Wheresville Sound recording studio, recruited eight artists to play free "mini-concerts" at Chapman every Sunday. When Evans told Miller that the budget for paying the musicians wasn't very high, Miller hit upon another method of compensation.

"Jennifer asked what else they could do at Chapman to entice the artists to play there," Miller says, "so I suggested that maybe the musicians could play (the Chapman Center's) David W. Reid Theatre in prime-time slots. That's how Music Mosaic came to be."

The Music Mosaic show, which takes place this Saturday, June 22, will showcase each of the eight artists who have played the Sundays Unplugged series in 30-minute sets beginning at 5 p.m. The musicians who will appear are, in order of appearance, D.J. Baker, Jeremy Willis, The Lovely Jodie, Rohn Jewell, Frank Walker, Mark Miller, Syndey McMath and the Not Even Brothers.

"They're all great musicians, and they all have varying styles," Miller says of his co-stars on the Music Mosaic bill. "There's a wide range of music, and it's going to be really family-oriented. There's going to be food and beverages there, in addition to the music."

Miller says he was careful to keep the Sundays Unplugged series from becoming monotonous, and that planning has benefitted the Music Mosaic show.

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Spartanburg Herald Escape & Online 85/26

Concert benefits arts education in Spartanburg

By Dan Armonaitis

dan.armonaitis@shj.com 

A series of intimate Sunday afternoon musical performances at the Chapman Cultural Center have led to a singular, primetime concert that will benefit arts education in Spartanburg.

Eight area music acts will perform Saturday on the stage of the David W. Reid Theater at the Chapman Cultural Center. The concert, dubbed “Music Mosaic,” will run from 5 to 10 p.m. with a half-hour intermission midway through the festivities.

DJ Baker, Jeremy Willis, the Lovely Jodie and Rohn Jewell will perform during the first half of the event, followed by Frank Walker, Mark Miller, Sydney McMath and Not Even Brothers in the evening portion.

“The concert is the culmination of several months of effort at the Chapman Cultural Center,” said Steve Wong, the center’s marketing director. “Back during the first part of the year, we started being open on Sunday afternoons, and we wanted to give the public some added value — another reason to come visit us.”

The “added value” came in the form of a series of intimate mini-concerts that visitors could enjoy while exploring the cultural center’s museums and galleries on Sundays.

The eight artists who performed throughout the spring are being rewarded with the opportunity to play on one of the Upstate’s most prestigious stages.

“Most of these artists typically (perform at) restaurants and very small gigs,” Wong said. “For them, to get to play on the stage of the David Reid, it’s a pretty big deal. Over the years, I’ve dealt with quite a few artists and musicians, and I can tell you, they all loved being on that stage.

“The acoustics in there are absolutely wonderful, and (the room) is intimate, gorgeous and elegant.”

Inman-based musician Mark Miller, who helped coordinate the Sunday afternoon series, can vouch for Wong’s assertion that the David W. Reid Theater is a special place.

“I was there a few years ago when Terry Bozzio (of Missing Persons and Frank Zappa fame) did that exhibition with the biggest drum set in the world,” Miller said. “I was helping set up the drums, and he walked in and looked around and he says, ‘You know, I’ve played in Rome and in Paris, and I’ve played all over the world, and I think this is about as nice a theater as I’ve ever played in.’ ”

Miller is using the Music Mosaic concert as the official CD release party for his new album, “Disassembly Required,” which he recorded at his own Wheresville Sound Studio. He describes his music as “progressive rock,” citing such influences as Pink Floyd, Todd Rundgren, early Genesis and Yes.

Another album cut at Wheresville, Walker’s “Beyond Horizons,” will also be released at the concert.

“We hadn’t planned it that way, but it just seemed to make sense,” Miller said. “It was like it was meant to be.”

Befitting its name, the Music Mosaic concert will encompass a variety of musical styles and instrumentation.

For example, Spartanburg-based musician Jo Kokri-Bhatt, who performs as The Lovely Jodie, is a classically trained pianist who offers unique interpretations of standards.

“I’ve grown up in Spartanburg and have done music my whole life, and the Chapman Center is one of the best things to have come to our area,” Kokri-Bhatt said. “So, I’m very excited and honored to get to play on that stage.”

Miller said the show will conclude with a jam session involving at least the four evening performers.


http://www.goupstate.com/article/20130620/ENT/306201002/-1/ent?p=1&tc=pg

Fox 21 News - Mark plays Chapman Sunday's Unplugged

Hubcity Empty Bowls Website

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Mark Miller: Why I’m Involved Posted: December 17th, 2011 | Author: JoeyGeier | Filed under: uncategorized | No Comments »

Mark Miller has been kind enough to organize local musicians for Hub City Empty Bowls. Here is a post from him on how he became involved: In 1992 I organized a benefit concert in Beaufort SC for the Salvation Army. I was in a band at the time, knew the club owner and solicited many musicians and bands I had worked with live and in the studio. The admission to the concert was non-perishable food items. That caught on and it became an annual event. Since then I have always tried to find a way to give back to the community in any capacity possible. I was approached by my friend Jim Cullen in 2009 and asked if I would be interested in organizing the music for that years Empty Bowls. I jumped at the opportunity and am excited to be involved with the entertainment for the third year. We have a great pool of talented artists, some like myself performing for the third year as well. We look forward to many more and ask the community to make a point to come out, buy a bowl, eat some soup and enjoy the music.. Mark Miller wheresvillerecords.com Penland blogs about Empty Bowls Posted: December 15th, 2011 | Author: CherylAMirer | Filed under: uncategorized | No Comments » CNN recently posted this feature about Empty Bowls, a project begun by our friends Lisa Blackburn and John Hartom. It’s a terrific concept – community meals, eaten from handmade ceramics donated by local artists, raise money to help feed the hungry. (You can see a couple of local ceramic artists, including our neighbor Cynthia Bringle, working in the video.) You can read the companion article, which includes profiles of several other innovative and inspiring approaches to ending world hunger, here: http://www.cnn.com/2011/10/12/world/iyw-how-to-help-hunger/index.html “Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger and was created by The Imagine Render Group. The basic premise is simple: Potters and other craftspeople, educators and others work with the community to create handcrafted bowls. Guests are invited to a simple meal of soup and bread. In exchange for a cash donation, guests are asked to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. The money raised is donated to an organization working to end hunger and food insecurity.”

http://hubcityemptybowls.com/2011/12/17/mark-miller-why-im-involved/

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MadeLoud.com

Mark, We'd like to inform you that your music will be featured on the homepage next week. If you would like to specify which song of yours you'd like us to feature, please email me back by April 11, 2009. If we do not receive the name of your song, we will gladly pick one for you from your music tab. Tune in starting on April 13, 2009 to April 20, 2009 and see your music on the homepage player! Tell your family, friends, and anyone else with a functioning computer to head on over to MadeLoud.com to see you on our homepage. Matt
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Wheresville guestbook

Mark, I've been quite busy...sorry I couldn't get back to you earlier, You must have a lot of friends & fans because all of a sudden we're getting emails from people requesting your music. I'm playing some of the tracks from your CD and your fans are requesting them as well. Cheers Anton Roolaart - Founder & DJ / Prog Rock Radio
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Myspace comment

Hi Mark! Your site is beautiful and your music is magnificent! I'm enjoying it all! Big blessings always, Diane - Neo Pacifica Records www.dianearkenstone.com

Mark's Myspace site

"Last Train to Oblivion really captures the feel of being onboard a train speeding through a futuristic industrial place." Best wishes with your music, Catherine "LA Music Awards Instrumental Artist of the Year" www.catherineduc.com

Spartanburg County News /Inman Times / Middle Tyger Times / Boiling Springs Sentry (Hometown News Network)

~front page~ Welcome to Wheresville ~ Local Recording Studio Up and Running guitar tracks photo - Jay King By Jay King Staff Writer jking@hometown-news.com ~ story as ran in the Spartanburg County News - Inman Times - Boiling Springs Sentry - Middle Tyger Times After months of preparation and not a little bit of elbow grease, a noted recording studio formerly located in Charlotte has opened up at its new location in Inman. Wheresville Records is the brainchild and passion of Mark Miller, a musician and producer who has worked with groups like Velvet Revolver and Alice in Chains, and producers like Steve Morse (Kansas, Deep Purple), Gary Phil (Boston, Sammy Hagar Group), and Mark Williams (Joe Walsh, Hootie and the Blowfish, Joe Cocker, Hobex and Dillon Fence). He has produced and engineered 35 releases over the past 20 years for recording artists from as far away as London and Tokyo. Miller is a genial and confident musician and recording engineer and interacted enthusiastically with several musicians who were recording for an album this past Saturday. The project is a CD called “Dawn of Day” by Eli Jones, who was joined at the session by bassist Chris Ray, noted rock ‘n’ roll producer Doyle Shelton and guitarist Joseph Howard. Miller explained that in contemporary recording circles, he is considered old-tech since he is not recording digitally directly to computer but instead records to digital tapes that look essentially identical to VHS video tapes. He added that he will be taking an intensive seminar at the end of the month in Nashville on digital recording with a computer from renowned producer Michael Wagener who has worked with musicians like Ozzy Osborne, Alice Cooper and Janet Jackson. Miller said that although he enjoys engineering and producing projects, his first love remains making music. “Since I’m a musician too I like to spend more time on the music,” Miller said. Watching the creative process of putting an album together is a fascinating process. Miller explained that the initial tracks had a “clicker” sound – in fact, much like a metronome – that helps musicians keep on tempo but that would eventually disappear from the final recording. For the recording Miller and the musicians were working on this past weekend, drummer Mike Leyshon recorded drum sequences for the album at Wheresville Record’s first recording session in Inman December 2nd. The studio is still a work in progress, Miller explained while pointing out several pieces of equipment in various stages of installation, including a huge mixing board. The studio takes up virtually the entire space of a garage-type building behind his home off New Cut Road. “Things are not unfolding as fast as we’d like, but it’s coming along slowly,” Miller said. Miller also said he is planning to begin a “school of rock” in the studio to teach young people how to play bass, guitar and possibly even drums. He said the tentative name for the project will be “Allgood Rock Academy” after the development where he lives. Miller said he is excited to be in the Upstate after years in the Charlotte area and is looking forward to becoming involved in community life and projects. He said Saturday that he has discussed the possibility of playing some benefit concerts sometime this year for the benefit of the Middle Tyger Community Center. Anyone interested in contacting Miller and Wheresville Records and to keep up-to-date on Miller’s various projects, see the studio’s website, www.wheresvillerecords.com.
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CD BABY

5 Stars ***** major flexing of synthesizer muscle CHAOS IN THE LANDING ZONES Reviewer: zappy The more I listen to this CD the more convinced I am that this is a case study for classic synth sounds and technique in general. From the hovering raindrops in Chaos 1 to the mind melting layers of A Treatise on White Magic this is a synthesizer tour de force. I am not sure exactly what synths are used to get the sounds on this disc, sometimes it seems like the classic analog machines from the 70's but then it also seems like more modern gear is used for the arpeggiation modes. The style of playing is dead on too. Either way, any fan of progressive rock from the 70's must have this CD. Any Jon Anderson or Todd fan will be blown away by the tributes here. The most incredible thing is someone is still doing music like this in 2007. All he has to do now is a Zappa tribute and he will have a grand slam.
http://cdbaby.com/cd/millerm2

Tower Records

ECHOES OF OBLIVION ~ 4 Stars **** Excellent Freshman Effort, Wednesday, December 06, 2006 Since this is the only CD I can find for this artist released to the general public on a massive (retail) scale (some other albums are available directly from the Wheresville Records website), I have to give this a thumbs up! I heard a cut last week on prog rock radio.com, went to the wheresville website, listened to a few samples and ended up downloading the whole album. This guy covers a wide range of styles and does it good. I am looking forward to the next CD to see what direction he is headed because there are so many paths he can potentially take. If you like the bands listed at his CD baby site you will like this. I am always thrilled to hear an American prog artist with merit as Europeans seem to have such a stranglehold on the genre. This guy has apparently been through the Rundgren school of studio techno-self expression. Worth checking out.
http://www.towerrecords.com/Reviews/Reviewer.aspx?name=Roberto

CD Baby - online reviews

Haunting. Evocative. Layered. Sad. That's how 'Jerusalem' affected me, the first cut on this amazing CD. Mark Miller proves to be dizzyingly multi-talented throughout, wearing almost every hat in almost every song: singer/songwriter/lyricist/playing all instruments/weaving it all together. . .his very Soul shines through, spinning a web you unwittingly choose to be entangled in! His depth of talent is also apparent as you are taken from song to song - each one so different from the rest you'd swear it was a composite of artists, not just Miller. The diversity of technique in stringed instruments alone is awe-inspiring, beginning with the tendrils of sweet notes he evokes in 'Jerusalem,' all the way through a bevy of guitar moods--including a teasing background piece in 'Spectral Yes,' that I kept wanting to yank to the foreground and turn into a screaming lead guitar solo. While a couple of the songs may strike the listener as odd at first, by the 2nd or 3rd listen, you'll find yourself spun yet tighter and --moved-- and wanting to know why. . .CD Baby Reviewer: Danielle Creeksong Why I go to CD Baby for REAL PROG!!! Reviewer: Devon Lewis / Baltimore MD There is really no describing this work? Dan Fogelberg meets Yes meets Ravi Shankar? When you think you've heard it all, there's nothing like a nice Bop in the 3rd eye. Amazing this guy isn't signed to a major but such is the state the corporate puke/music machine - Hearing something like this gives me hope and inspiration for the future of music, like hearing the 1st King Crimson album for the first time. A rollercoaster ride is a great description. Jerusalem is like an eastern fog rolling in with the sitar, tablas and a haunting wood flute, fantastic lyrics throughout ala Peart -the writer is obviously well read in philosophy, religions, cosmology, physics etc. A thinking man's album with great melodies, arrangements & production. Seasons of Ice starts as an epic ELP type synth sprawl resolving into a Beatles acoustic chord fest complete with John & Paul harmonies. Mythria is awesome and Kings X ray is an obvious nod to the Texas trio (one of my faves) but with a Dream Theater synth on top!! I'm turning on my friends and waiting for the next CD. KEEP IT UP! CD Baby Thought provoking with an edge of psychedelic funk. Reviewer: Donna Jennings WOW if some of these songs don't make you stop and think. Your writing is mind bending and blowing. The music just makes you flow even further with the words until you feel encompassed with the CD. By the middle of the CD you are wondering how the singer knew that was what you were thinking of and then yet at the end you realize that the journey was all his, he just let you on his trip. Listening to this CD was an experience worth repeating and well worth the money. CD Baby Reviewer: Chris Ray AWESOME!!!!!!!!!! I especially enjoyed Echoes of Oblivion. Your vocals are very strong and the production is masterful. I would not hesitate to refer anyone to record at Wheresville Sound! CD Baby Really cool, I hear the influences in the description Reviewer: Paul Sesteras After reading the info I listened to the MP3s, was drawn in by Jerusalem and Seasons of Ice reminds me of old Kansas with a darker edge. Theres alot of different styles on here, not many dull moments. I recommend it.
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/millerm

Lokal Loudness Magazine - Augusta Georgia -Juice debut Album recorded at Wheresville Sound

Fresh Flesh - Lokal Loudness Magazine - Augusta, GA SQUEEZING THE JUICE!!-Stoney 06/19/02 In the world of rock & roll, bands featuring siblings are definitely nothing new. From the Van Halen Brothers to the Gallagher lads in Oasis to our neighbors the Robinson's from Atlanta's Black Crowes, rock & roll siblings have been the foundation of some of histories most volatile music and moments. While most of these have been male siblings or at least same sex, like Hearts' Wilson sisters, very few acts can boast of sister brother combinations. Well other than the Carpenters and Donnie and Marie that is. Not only does the band JUICE include (pictured left to right)David Hodges (guitar/vocals) and his sister Liz (keyboards/vocals) but also a closeness that has drummer Gene Green and bassist Jason Ullery fitting in like part of the family. This foursome could have easily been called the Hodge Podge...of something similar. O.k., I'll shut up and let you read the interview. LL-JUICE definitely has one of the more distiquishable sounds of the CSRA area bands. How would you best describe le musica deJuice? EH- Funny you should start with that question because it is the question we are most often asked and the one we have the hardest time answering. We actually take it as a compliment that people have a hard time pidgeon-holing our music into any one genre. Our best answer to those asking is to listen for themselves and tell us what they think it is. We have never gotten the same answer twice, however, every answer has benn, "You guys are a mix of blank and blank", and that is fine with us. If our music ever sounds consistently like any one other band then we have gotten lazy. LL-So what would you say is the Juiciest part of...Juice? DH- The live shows are definately the essence of what we are after. When anything is put under enough pressure, what comes out is the juice, the essence of its being. On stage we try to push ourselves to that point and beyond. We try to reach that realm of pure music as expression and emotion. We don't pasturize anything, and we always save the seeds. LL-Now your influences are obviously a little different than most bands in the area. What influences led you to a direction not typical of the areas norm? DH- As far as our influences being differnet from most area bands, I'm not sure I concur. While band bios pin you down into chosing three or four of your major influences, I think you'd be pleasantly surprised if you got a chance to dig to the bottom of our music collections. I think the major difference is in the way we choose to use the things that have influenced us, often without our permission. Instead of seeing those influences as a goal to obtain, we strive to use them as a means to a greater end. We see those influences as tools with which to carve something new and beautiful and true to ourselves and ourselves alone. LL-While JUICE is a band, a large part of the driving force is obviously Liz and Dave. How does their sibling relationship affect the music? EH- Have you ever gotten so close to another person that you can finish all of each other's sentences and know what each other are thinking just by the look on your faces? That's what it has always been like for David and I playing music together. Writing songs together has always come easily to us. The beauty of playing with Gene and Jason is that we finally found two other musicians that we relate to in the same way, and that is a rarity. The four of us are truly a family on and off stage. There is not anything any one of us would not do for one another (believe me it's been tested). With that kind of relationship and our combined talents and chemistry (and of course hard work), the possibilities of what we can achieve are endless. We still surprise each other and ourselves every time we play together. LL-Ever have to tell them to leave their sibling issues at home? GG- I have found there is no sibling rivalry. Jason and I get in as much trouble with Liz as David does. LL-So who is the main song "person" in the band? EH- In the beginning it was definately David because he had been doing it the longest and he had the most songs. His songs gave us a great foundation to get used to playing together and writing as a group. But now we write everything together and are very happy because that was one of our biggest goals. If you will notice on our first album "Wheresville Sessions", there is nothing to distinguish who wrote which songs because all songs were written by JUICE as one. And now we have an unusual curse for an original band - we write so many songs there is no way we could ever possibly finish all of them. David is the worst. He will have one day off work and tell us, "Hey guys, I got five new ideas for songs today". It is sort of a band joke. Gene has a whole collection of tapes of new songs Jason, David, and I have made him. That's not to say that they are all good. We rarely have to choose because the bad ones tend to weed themselves out and the good ideas just refuse to go away. We really never know who is going to bring in the next song now, and I think that is good. Because in a positive way I think we are always trying to outdo each other. That keeps us all on our toes and we are always challenging each other to get better, and I think it is working. LL-And once a song is brought in, what is a typical JUICE method for transforming the song from idea to full fledged bad original? EH- Songs are never brought in as a whole. They almost always start as a piece of a song and the pieces come in various forms. Sometimes someone will bring in some lyrics they have jotted down, or a guitar riff, or bass line, or a chorus that needs a verse, or sometimes a song is started from an abstract concept-no instruments involved (Devil's Cherry Wine started as a structural concept for a song Gene explained to David who then translated it to guitar). We have no set formula for crafting our original music. Sometimes the whole song is finished in one sitting and other times it will take us weeks or even months until we are all satisfied with the end product. Perhaps the best way to describe the way we write our music is that no matter who the song starts with, the same chain reaction always ensues. For example, we are working on a song right now that started as a simple groovy bass line Jason has been fooling around with that I could not get out of my head. So the next time he started playing it I sat down and wrote a keyboard part. Then David wandered in and started improvising some lrics and we left it at that. The next day, I wrote new lyrics on the way home from work and stopped at the house and we tried it again. The new lyrics gave David an idea for a great acoustic guitar part that took the song in a completely unexpected direction. Then at the next pactice Gene threw a totally different rythm in that gave the song its own distinct personality. Now we will arrange and rearrange it as usual, fine tune it in practice, test it out on friends, and then bring it out live where it will take on a life of its own and change again I'm sure. LL-Speaking of songs, I understand that JUICE has a new cd coming out, is that correct? DH- That is correct, sir! Our first studio release, JUICE - WHERESVILLE SESSIONS, has actually been complete for about a month, but we've been taking our sweet time to plan a sweet release party. We have been doing some pre-release party sales for our friends and family who could wait no longer, but this party (at CROSSROADS in Augusta on June 29th) will be its big public debut. We've also put together a four song live EP from our show at Crossroads on April 20th. While a few souls have heard the tracks during production, this live disc will not be released until June 29th at the show. So even if you already have WHERESVILLE SESSIONS, we will have something new for you at the release party. LL-C'mon tell us about this special cd release party. DH- Expect the expected: T-shirts, bumper stickers, posters, and CDs. Expect the unexpected: guest stars even we are unsure of, strange new versions of old songs, and new songs that are old already. We rehearse and practice like slaves because we have no idea what to expect. Come and be prepared to be alive. LL-I understand you recorded in North Carolina? Correct me if I'm wrong. Why there? GG- We recorded in China Grove, NC, at Wheresville Studios and had the owner Mark Miller engineering. Mark is an old friend of mine from Beaufort, SC. I thought we needed to escape our surroundings and find a neutral open area where we could break our constraints and find comfort in each other. The experience was exactly what we needed. I feel the results speak for themselves. LL-Did the change of scenery from Aiken have any affect on the final results of the songs? JU- Well, I guess a change in scenery actually inspired the entire album being recorded where it was. We had the opportunity to play an opening gig for a band in Charlotte, NC, at the same time we were shopping around for a studio to record a small demo. One of the studios on our list was about an hour out of Charlotte - Wheresville Studios in China Grove. So to go back to something Liz said earlier, the "rarity" of our musical connection as a band all came wonderfully together that day in Wheresville and transformed our small demo into a full studio album. LL-So, what can one expect from JUICE, live and on cd? JU- One can expect many things from JUICE in the next weeks and months. We are planning and are in the process of booking a small regional tour for the fall. Also, one can expect the first in a long series of live recordings to be released on the 29th. It is a maxi CD recorded live at the crossroads on 4/20 this year where attendees saw JUICE perform with 420 Outback and The Dan K Theory (from Athens). And last but not least, look for some new material and interesting musical twists to the magical project that is...of course JUICE.

Denton Record - NC Newspaper

Musical Mark - Former Denton Resident Has Produced Solo Album - March 1995 Remember Mark Miller that played with the local Joe Pye band in the 70's? He's still in music, and still has fond memories of Denton. The former Denton resident has cut an album called "Seasons of Ice" which is available for order in the classified section. Mark lived here between 1970 and 1975 and played with the local "Joe Pye" rock band. Leaving Denton did not end his musical career - he has continued to be involved for the past 20 years as a performer and producer. He's now in Beaufort SC where he owns a recording studio. Mark also performs in SC, Georgia and sometimes in NC as well. He has engineered and produced a number of albums for bands, but "Seasons of Ice" is his first solo album. It runs a wide gamut of musical styles and includes refreshing use of acoustic guitar (a treat compared to the "chainsaw guitar" of most of today's music. Mark and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Miller, have kept up with local news the past 20 years via the Denton Record. Copies of Mark's album are available by mail order. Check the classified section for address and price.
http://www.dentonorator.com/

Beaufort Gazette - SC Newspaper

AROUND TOWN - Benefit Concert Slated 12/10/1993 A benefit concert for the Salvation Army is planned for Dec. 17 at Third Phaze, Ribaut Road. Admission to a concert featuring Mark Miller and Chris Davis of Avant Garde will be canned foods. Miller, a guitarists and singer with regional rockers Avant Garde has released a solo album "Seasons of Ice" that he recorded in his own studio with a wide range of musical styles."It has a good bit of acoustic originals I have been performing live and some band music (Avant Garde) with a bit of jazz," Miller says. Miller plays at various places on both sides of the Broad River, along with Chris Davis who sings. The concert is Dec. 17 and begins at 9:00 PM.
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Avant Garde Plays it all for Beaufort audiences 7/9/1992 "Avant Garde. n. the people who apply and invent new ideas and styles in a certain field" webster's dictionary The casual Sunday night jam sessions at Faces Nightclub of Beaufort came together five months ago in a startling rush of phone calls prompted by a borrowed bass guitar. Since the band members' first gig under the name Avant Garde, on St. Patrick's Day 1992, the luck of the Irish seems to have stayed with Danny Frame, Christopher Davis and Mark Miller. The trio has been performing regularly in the Beaufort area from Faces to Fast Eddie's, from J.P. Boogies to Jeannie's Place. They also count the grand opening at the Parris Island Marriott among the nearly 30 gig's they've played together since last March. The band helped bring in record-breaking numbers of people during the Faces Water Festival four-band jamboree with a rock 'n' roll lineup that included Zellus, North Star and the Atlanta bound Nightbreed. "We play everything from Zeppelin to Prince - the Beatles, Kings X, Neil Young, Metallica," said guitarist Mark Miller. After working for six years in a North Carolina recording studio, Miller moved to Beaufort three years ago. Frame was born and raised in Beaufort. He played slide guitar witha Baltimore blues band but traded it for bass in the Garde. Davis, the group's percussionist, describes himself as "happy to be doing what I want to do" - balancing a day job with rehearsing and playing steadily with the band. The musician's first hurdle was defining the group to club-goers. "We got a lot of negative feedback about our name at first," Miller recalled. "People didn't know what it means," Davis said. The three musicians now joke about how they considered hanging a sign over the bandstand with a printed definition. But club-goers have caught on to the name, which Miller said stands for the kind of thing the band was going to do, eclectic...on the cutting edge...avant garde." The band members said they hope to continue the steady work at Faces, on Ribaut Road, while writing and producing original music at a Beaufort based recording studio owned by Miller. Frame, Miller and Davis said they consider themselves fortunate to have so much steady work so soon after forming the band. In the case of Avant Garde, good fortune seems to be fueled by the luck of the Irish, a measure of teamwork, a helping of ambition and a love of fun. Arts & Entertainment Monthly Sept. 1992
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