"When the music calls, I'll be there...." -NY
A fixture on the local music scene, Hudson born Marilyn Miller grew up in nearby Germantown and is the grand daughter of a fiddler and entertainer. She played clarinet in the school band and in Columbia County musical institution the Ghent Band. When the Woodstock wave hit the Hudson Valley, Marilyn was ready for something new and the rest of her musical life blossomed.
Neil Young, Pete Seeger, Patti Smith and Joni Mitchell, among others, influenced her world view and her interest in music and the guitar. Though marriage and motherhood intervened, her desire to keep learning and performing led her to guitar teacher David Hodge in the neighboring Berkshires. Step by step, Marilyn continued to grow into song writing, performing and recording her own songs.
Marilyn is a big believer in continuing to learn and grow by attending workshops and seminars by notable songwriters and performers such as Steve Earle, Richard Thompson and Sloan Wainwright. An enthusiastic ‘Rustie’, she has traveled the world with this group of Neil Young fans, singing and playing in dozens of international cities and attending over 100 of Neil’s shows!
These days, her influences tend towards James McMurtry, Todd Snider, Brandi Carlisle, Lukas Nelson, John Prine and her friend and fellow musician Betsi Krisniski… her sometime musical partner and ‘busking’ sister. Marilyn is well known as the leader of a loosely organized group of street players known as ‘Hudson Busk’.
Her current projects include ‘Rick & Marilyn’ along with guitar slinger Rick Warren. She appears at many local events such as the Blueberry Festival, Hudson Music Festival, Greene County Arts Picnics, Lighthouse Open House on the river, farmers markets and open mics. Marilyn is an organizer of jams and song circles among local friends and musicians and is always among the first to answer the musical call for social justice and political events and often leads such efforts.
Marilyn Miller truly embodies the spirit of bringing ‘music to the people’ in a grassroots way and by doing so brings the ‘people to the music‘.
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1: What artist would you most love to work with?
Neil Young is my biggest musical hero, but I think that I would be too nervous playing with him! I love how Todd Snider and John Prine take real life people and make interesting, heart-tugging songs. The melodies of songwriters such as Joni Mitchell are so very lovely. And the stage performance of Neil and Patti Smith are ones to learn from....
2: What instrument brings you the most joy?
Guitar, of course :)
3: What was the worst advice?
Don't listen to your critics or your fans....
4: What was your first concert?
In my home town, Arlo Guthrie and Pete Seeger. For major concerts, The Who, although I was more interested in 'the scene' than the music at the time (silly me!).
5: What/where is the best road food?
I love the road, and I love eating locally grown, locally produced and locally flavored foods.....
6: What’s the best music advice you ever got?
Give every song the best you got, every time...
7: Who is your most surprising inspiration?
My local friends. They just keep putting it out because of love. That is the best reason to make music, because of the love you have for it....