Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Podcast: Scott Miller
Performer with Virginia roots plays Sun Music Hall on Friday
Scott Miller tries hard to play gigs in western Virginia towns. He really does.
He grew up on a farm in Augusta County, so he wants to do right by us mountain folk.
He even played a gig in Roanoke four years ago at an ill-fated movie theater that occasionally doubled as a nightclub. It was a memorable night. Any time a guy says from the stage, "This is the weirdest place I’ve ever played," you know you’re watching history.
He uttered that line right after a waitress asked him to read off the license plate number of a car with its headlights on. The place is defunct.
"Literally, that day they built a stage that day," Miller said by telephone from Knoxville, Tenn., where he has lived for 17 years. "We set up our own lights ... one of the girls who worked there ran off from her boyfriend and somebody called my manager two weeks later because he thought she ran off with us."
Ah, the drama of Roanoke’s nightlife!
He had a better time at FloydFest in 2005, even though he has no idea how many people saw him there. That’s because he couldn’t see them, either.
"We called it 'FogFest,'" he said, remembering the foggy shawl that draped itself over FloydFest IV. "You couldn't see in front of the stage."
He saw enough of Floyd County to know its beauty. He's looking forward to seeing it more clearly this time when he returns to Floyd on Friday for a show at the Sun Music Hall. See show details.
Host: Ralph Berrier