John Cloyd Miller

Artist of the Month | September 2014


John uses the Pure Mini and Mandolin Twin Internal:

“K&K Sound pickups are an integral part of my on-stage gear. I have the Pure Mini in my acoustic guitar and a Mandolin Twin Internal in my mandolins. Both deliver excellent sound and allow me to transmit a true acoustic tone to the audience. Also, both pickups are very discreet and non-invasive to the instruments, which is important to me. Thanks, K&K!”

John Cloyd Miller is a twelfth generation North Carolina native and his musical roots run very deep. His great-great uncle was an old-time fiddler from Wilkes County, NC who, in turn, influenced his great uncle, great aunt and grandfather to play the old music. John’s grandfather, the legendary Jim Shumate, became a pioneer in bluegrass music, forging a much emulated fiddle style in Bill Monroe’s band and later as Flatt & Scruggs’ first fiddler. It’s this fine family tradition that John carries on.

John’s foundation in traditional bluegrass and old-time Appalachian music coupled with his modern sensibility combine to make him a natural musician and inspired songwriter. He can sing tenor to just about anyone and is well known for his haunting mountain voice as well as his prowess on mandolin, guitar and old-time banjo. He is an award-winning songwriter, placing 1st in the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest and, in addition, was a recipient of an Artist Fellowship for songwriting by the North Carolina Arts Council.

After graduating from Appalachian State University, John moved to Utah and joined the now-legendary western bluegrass band, Lo-Fi Breakdown. He eventually came back home to NC and co-founded the highly acclaimed acoustic Americana group, Red June. Having performed at countless festivals and events all across the country, John also loves to instruct others in traditional music. He resides in Asheville, NC with his wife and music partner, Natalya Weinstein.

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