Nice shout out from Rootstime.be

May 14th, 2013

Thanks to the great folks at Rootstime for the shout out on the latest Hemifran release, “The Golden Demon.”

Jack Sundrud and I were honored to be asked to contribute to this project, and to get special recognition from Rootstime is icing on the cake.

You can find the review here (in Dutch).

The translate.google.com version:

Our music Swedish friend and colleague Peter Holmstedt with ‘Hemifran’ very active as a distributor and promoter of an impressive array of artists all over the world put their trust in his hands and put in his work. Additionally, he brings collected with the regularity of a clock work of the artists who work with him, getting around a specific theme.

A double album with songs about chaos and change that entitled “New Songs About The Golden Demon Chaos And Transition” now appears. The two CDs are 25 songs in one way or another deal with this theme.  Greg Copeland kicks offs with the album title track “Golden Demon”, an acoustic ballad which Carla Kihlstedt on violin accompanies and sings harmony vocals.

Other well-known names on both albums are Sid Griffin, “Hat Check Girl ‘, the country and Americana Formation’ The Good Intentions” from England, singer-songwriter Michael Weston King and the Swedish artist Mikael Persson. The artists who contributed  come from so very different worlds of pop, rock, blues, country, jazz and folk music. Thus brings folk singer Jenai Huff a very nice song with the piano ballad “Just Like Me” (see video) and we also get warm feelings when listening to the folk-rock song “Laurel Canyon” by Stephen David Austin and catchy uptempo song “Underneath The Satellite Sky “Jeff Larson.

Another notable track is the collaboration between singer-songwriter Doug Ingoldsby and Eugene Ruffolo and Kenny Loggins for harmony vocals to make the song “Brothers” and Michael Weston King’s protest song “I Did not Raise My Boy To Be A Soldier” also know to provide a moment of reflection on the madness of war.

The number that we believe best represents the theme of this compilation is able to display it beautifully sung song “Until It All Makes Sense Again” by Keith Miles. The unique collaboration between the Polish superstar Mietek Szczesniak and Wendy Waldman for symphonic rock song “Signs” deserves some extra attention in this review, as was the delicious wegkabbelende “Out Of My Element” Kenny White.

But in conclusion we can perhaps best to point out that this double thanks Hemifran you can win yourself (see below) and you still can move them if you should not apply. At the lucky winners after the purchase The 25 songs on this CD, we can guarantee all hours of listening pleasure in each case.

Newest release from Sweden

May 6th, 2013

I can’t tell you how excited I am to have been included in the latest offering by Hemifran, called “The Golden Demon.” Teaming up once again with Jack Sundrud, we offered up our take on the theme with a song called, “Until It All Makes Sense Again.”

“The Golden Demon” should be available on Spotify to all listeners.

From Peter’s website:

”How often haven’t you heard somebody say, ’It’s a small world’? One may refer to a case of coincidence where two friends run into each other in an unlikely place. One may also refer to the way we communicate these days. Words, pictures and music run back and forth between continents in no time at all. Distance is not an obstacle anymore. It may even function as a creative juice of sorts. The album you are about to hear is a good example of just that. It is a compilation, but surprisingly often, the contributions sound like extracts from a discussion between people gathered around one big dining table.

The subject of the evening is the current sense of chaos and transition, experienced in places where stability was supposed to last until the very end.

’Isn’t that too heavy a topic for such an occasion?’ you might say. Don’t worry. It’s actually the other way around. Even the title, ’The Golden Demon’, could easily be a suitable name of a story that one of the guests might tell after a good meal and a couple of drinks, just after twilight. It’s entertainment with a twist.

So now, dear listeners, I invite you to enter a universal living room, big enough to stretch over at least two continents, small enough for the atmosphere and intimacy to stay fully intact. Be our guest. Sit yourself down and make yourself ’at home’. The show has just begun…..” ~ Citizen K

CD 1 :

01. GREG COPELAND – GOLDEN DEMON
02. JULIE CHRISTENSEN – TEN PEOPLE
03. STEVE NOONAN – ANOTHER GOOD MAN DOWN
04. LUISA JORDAN-KILLORAN – THE ROOM OF THE DEMON
05. SID GRIFFIN – RIGHT ‘ROUND THE BEND
06. JENAI HUFF – JUST LIKE ME
07. DOUG INGOLDSBY W/EUGENE RUFFALO – US & THEM
08. HAT CHECK GIRL – JESSE & FRANK
09. KENNY WHITE – LETTER FROM X-RAY
10. STEPHEN DAVID AUSTIN – LAUREL CANYON
11. JEFF LARSON – SATELLITE SKY
12. INGRID SERBAN W/FOREST SUN – SOMEDAY
13. THE GOOD INTENTIONS – WOODY GUTHRIE’S RULIN’S

CD 2 :

01. LUISA JORDAN-KILLORAN – DEMON REVISITED
02. DOUG INGOLDSBY W/KENNY LOGGINS – BROTHERS
03. ALLAN THOMAS – HOW LONG CAN THIS GO ON?
04. MICHAEL WESTON KING – I DIDN’T RAISE MY BOY TO BE A SOLDIER
05. KEITH MILES W/JACK SUNDRUD – UNTIL IT ALL MAKE SENSE AGAIN
06. BOB CHEEVERS – OCCUPYING WALL STREET
07. MICHAEL WARD W/JOE SATRIANI – DONKEY ISLAND
08. MIETEK W/WENDY WALDMAN – SIGNS
09. KENNY WHITE – OUT OF MY ELEMENT
10. JANNI LITTLEPAGE – WINDS OF CHANGE
11. MIKAEL PERSSON – WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD
12. SKY COUNTRY – ROGERSON NOBLE

New song headed off to Sweden

May 8th, 2011

Jack and I jut finished a new song, “Something Bigger Than This,” for inclusion on the new compilation album from Hemifran. I was honored to be asked again by my good friend, Peter Holmstedt, to contribute to the new album, set for release this summer. See all the cool things Peter is up to at his web site here:

Also new is the latest release from my friends, Little Green. I contributed some vocals to one of the songs on the album, “Innocent Again.” Learn more about Little Green and watch for the release of the album on iTunes. Little Green web site here:

Music from home

August 2nd, 2010

I am honored and delighted to have been asked to participate in “Music from home,” a project by Peter Holmstedt and Hemifran. A promotional endeavor limited to Sweden, the album celebrates the idea of home. For my contribution, I wrote a song, “The places the devil calls home,” and recorded with Jack Sundrud at the helm and doing percussion, Russ Pahl on slide guitar and engineering, the great Billy Sanford on guitar, and me strumming this wonderful Michael Bashkin fan fret guitar I picked up last year. Jack and Billy contributed the background vocals. The legendary Bill Halverson stepped in to assist with the mix. Thanks again, guys and thanks Peter!

More about the project and the wonderful artists here .

Shout out to Gerrit Vermeij and Muziekvenster

March 2nd, 2010

One of the gratifying things about sending out a new CD to the world is finding new folks who are so supportive of what you are trying to do. Gerrit Vermeij at Muziekvenster has been awfully kind to both my efforts. I’ve been getting his playlists and it’s been amazing to see some of my cuts alongside the likes of Patty Griffin, Po Girl  and others. Additionally, I have used his playlists to learn about new artists myself.

So, a big thank you to Gerrit and his team. Thank you!

http://www.muziekvenster.nl/

Review translations

February 21st, 2010

Thanks to Peter Holmstedt for the translations of these reviews and thanks as well to the reviewers. I really appreciate your kind words.

Keith Miles    Beyond The Headlights

As Keith Miles begins to sing in the very first track “Road I’m On” from his new album ‘Beyond The Headlights’, the first thing that comes to my mind is: what a great voice for country. The more the album is played, the more I can tell that Keith’s voice is also very suitable for blues. The album is varied and is moving smoothly between these two genres, but the country songs tend to be a little bit more powerful. ‘Beyond The Headlights’ contains some real top tracks, raising the album grade to the higher side of the three.

First out of these is “The South” where Miles is singing, nicely backed by a female background singer, about his love for the American south and that it will always hold a place in his heart. “Iola” is a country song about a common subject in country, the everyday problems. In this case it’s problems like a lack of money, the need to leave town for something better and withering crop. In the song “Maybe I Shoulda” Keith speaks of what he really should have done in order to keep his woman. He sings: “I could have walked a few steps in your shoes, lovin’ me must have been mighty hard”. To like Keith Miles, isn’t very hard at all…

Lars Svantesson / Nya Skivor

eith Miles    Beyond The Headlights

Three years ago, in 2006, Keith Miles debuted with the album ‘What It Was That They Became’ and now he’s here with the follow-up, ‘Beyond The Headlights’, an appealing and varied album with powerful songs. In Miles’ americana, pure country is joined with western swing, some folk music, jazz and a hint of soul. There’s a serious risk for it to be uneven, but as a matter of fact, this journey through Miles’ life – told as both real life and imagined – works very, very well.

The album presents a relaxed atmosphere with fine instrumental efforts, not least in violin and pedal steel, but also with the banjo and mandolin. The songs contain personality as well as nice, narrative lyrics, and all you have to do is close your eyes and let Keith Miles voice carry you away to the American south through the eleven songs of the album. Here we can find sweet southern romance and poetry in “Memories of You”, melodic honky tonk with floating, longing pedal steel in the highway song “Road I’m On”, a catchy celebration to his home in “The South” with a beautiful organ and choir, and happy jump jazz with an energetic tune and brass instruments in “7 Cent Cigar Blues”. In “Samson and Delilah” Miles has borrowed Bo Diddley’s often used jungle rhythms and the female choir from “The South” is back once again.

That’s how it goes on all through the album, like a prism where every song hold its own color and radiance. Entertainment of the highest quality!

Robert Ryttman  /  Countrywood
Bäst 2009 enligt Bengt O Tedeborg / Rootsy

Amy Allison
Sheffield Streets
Amy Allison is digging deep in all directions into the American treasure chest of songs, and returns with wonderful and diverse songs about futile, lost and perfected love. Everything performed with an incredibly characteristic voice and utterly sensitive musicians.

Keith Miles
Beyond The Headlights
Miles writes narrative lyrics in the tradition of great names like John Prine, Guy Clark and Jerry Jeff Walker. Musically he’s wide as the highway, as long as we’re on the subject americana. A couple of Western swing pieces, his love declaration to the South in “The South” and an intense version of “Samson And Delilah” are part of the highlights here.

Naomi Sommers
Gentle As The Sun
An album filled with catchy and vivid music from where the hillbilly and bluegrass tradition meets with blues, folk and a fragment of jazz. Mandolins, dobro and other acoustic string instruments dominate the open and welcoming sound picture.

Mednick, Steve & Eddie Seville
La Collaborazione Dei Due
Lyrics about nights in Louisiana, memories of the great days of the old, choices of life and the necessity of love in a world where castles are made out of sand and where the band only occasionally plays the song you want to hear, with music leaning on Zevon, REM and Springsteen. Mednick and Seville are hardly singing sweetly, and that fact surely helps to make their dynamic and sometimes a little funky roots rock interesting all the way through.

R2 review

February 13th, 2010

Thanks R2 magazine for the very kind review!

New reviews

January 19th, 2010

Thank you, ctrl.alt.country for listing my CD, “Beyond the headlights,” on your Best of 2009 list! We came in number 12 on the top 30, which is really great news. Thanks to everyone in Europe who made it all possible.

In other news, Peter Kranendonk plays five of my songs on his radio show, Blue Heaven, last week. www.omroephw.nl

Finally, thanks, Robert Ryttman (www.countrywood.se) for the wonderful review of “Beyond the headlights.”

Three years ago – 2006 – Keith Miles made his debut with the album What It
Was That They became, and now he is here with the sequel Beyond The
Headlights, an attractive and very varied album with strong songs. In Miles americana intermingled pure country with western swing, a little folk, a little jazz and even a little soul. The
risk of unevenness is obvious one might think, but the fact is that
this trip through Miles’ life – which is described as both real life
and imagined – works very well.

The disc offers a relaxed atmosphere with fine instrumental work,
especially on the fiddle and steel, but also on banjo and mandolin. The
songs are both pleasant personality, narrative texts, so just close
your eyes and let the voice of Keith Miles bring you to the American
South through the album’s eleven tracks. There
are subtle sydstatsromantik and poetry in “Memories of You”, melodic
honky tonk with suspense, longing steel in highway song “Road I’m On”,
a delicious and compelling celebration of home areas in “the South”
with beautiful, soul organ and choir , and the happy jumping jazz with a lively little tune comforters and blow in the “7 cents cigar blues”. In
“Samson and Delilah” Miles has lent Bo Diddley as well traveled jungle
rhythms and women’s chorus from “the South” is back again.

So there it goes straight through the plate, like a prism in which each song has its own color and charisma. High-quality entertainment.

new review

November 24th, 2009

from Blues Matters in the UK. Many thanks for the kind words!
km2

MazzMusikas

October 8th, 2009

Many thanks to MazzMusikas for this review:
Of ik genoten heb van Beyond The Headlights, de nieuwe en tweede cd van Nashville songwriter Keith Miles? Wat een vraag. Momenteel kun je hem hier op zowat elk ogenblik van de dag te horen krijgen. Het is ongetwijfeld de mix aan diverse muziekstijlen die het hem doet. Keith Miles is er namelijk in geslaagd van een schijfje af te leveren met daarop de meest diverse roots- en americanamuziek. En laat dat nou net de plaatjes zijn waar wij heel veel van houden. Wie Nashville zegt, denkt uiteraard aan country maar wat we hier te horen krijgen heeft hoegenaamd geen uitstaans met de traditionele Nashville country. Je hoort Texaanse country (I Like To Drive), pure songwriting in de beste John Prine, Guy Clark traditie (Memories Of You, Maybe I Shoulda en Them Dance Hall Girls), onvervalste western swing à la Bob Wills en Asleep At the Wheel (Who’s That Girl?), jazzy swing (Sweet Waters), jazzy N.O. getinte bigband stuff (7 Cent Cigar Blues, een kruising tussen The Preservation Hall Jazz Band en Country Joe and The Fish), heerlijke blue eyed soul (The South), Southern r&b en gospel met een stevige drumbeat, slide en harmonica (Samson And Delilah) en het betere countrywerk (Road I’m On en Lola). Deze zeer getalenteerde songschrijver laat zich begeleiden door een pak vrienden en muzikanten waaronder Jack Sundrud, ook verantwoordelijk voor de uitstekende productie, Brent Truitt, Joe Hardy, Russ Pahl, Tim Crouch, Billy Sanford, Jim Hoke, Dennis Crouch en Tony Harrell. Hij weet het nog niet maar ik heb een zwak voor deze Keith Miles waarvan ik me vandaag ook de eerste cd ga aanschaffen. (BV)