Ben Miller Band + Leisure Tank
The Ben Miller Band has spent nearly all year on the road touring their acclaimed sophomore album, Any Way, Shape Or Form, and their slate for 2015 shows no signs of slowing down, with major tours through May and a performance at the Stagecoach Music Festival in Southern California. The Joplin, Mo. trio, who spent the summer earning standing ovations opening for ZZ Top in Europe, will reconnect with the Texas rock legends this spring for their U.S. tour. The run, originally scheduled for this past fall, will kick off March 11 at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, N.J. That jaunt will be bookended by a two-leg support tour with Southern rockers Blackberry Smoke and be preceded by a headline tour in January, kicking off another non-stop year. The band will wrap up 2014 with several hometown shows and a performance at the 4th Annual Ho Ho Ho Down benefit concert at New York City’s Gramercy Theatre on Saturday, December 6. The show features Futurebirds and Daniel Romano and is in support of the NYC-based nonprofit Art Start (artstart.org).
From their musical stew of “Ozark Stomp,” a frenetic amalgamation of rock, blues, gospel, bluegrass, mountain music and country, to their riotous, jaw-dropping live shows that defy expectation and explanation, the Ben Miller Band creates a one-of-a-kind musical experience. This September, the band wowed audiences at the Americana Music Fest in Nashville and were highlighted by Rolling Stone as one of the “20 best things we saw” who exclaimed “it was their strapping musicality and pop sensibilities (charismatic vocal interplay, red-blooded arrangements etc.) applied to their eccentrically old-timey instrumentation (spoons through distortion pedal, amplified washboard, washtub bass, rotary phone receiver mic and such) that won over fans of hooky blues-rock,” Adding, “It works pretty much the same way when they get in front of any crowd in search of a great, sweaty show.”
Any Way, Shape Or Form, produced by Vance Powell (Jack White, Wanda Jackson, Kings of Leon), is an exhilarating listen that’s been garnering considerable praise and has raised the band’s profile from grassroots DIY group to internationally touring sensation. Blurt declared: “As its name suggests, Any Way, Shape Or Form is a tidy mishmash of blustery boogie, down home designs and a well-heeled backwoods stomps…with a fun and frivolous outlook to boot. Oh, and it also rocks like hell.” Twang Nation hailed the album as a “work of considerable scope executed into a whole of rambunctious cohesion,” while Saving Country Music eloquently gushed: “Procuring the foundation for their music from the pre-war and Delta blues, and jug and string bands of the deep South, their amorphous sound is like a séance for the creaky bones of past generations to animate back to life from the inalienable pull of an infectious groove.”
Note: Only 18s can stay in for the club after the show.