Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Indian Singer-Songwriter Approaches Dark Subjects With a Hopeful Tone.

Byline: Kay Roybal For the Journal

When the Native American Music Awards were held in Albuquerque last year, one of the night's big winners was singer-songwriter Bill Miller, who won five awards for his album "Ghost Dance."

Miller was named Artist of the Year, Best Male Artist, Best Folk/Country Artist and Songwriter of the Year. The title track from the album was named Song of the Year.

The record was inspired by the 1890 massacre of 200 ghost dancers at Wounded Knee, South Dakota, and reaches into the past to connect with many of the social ills that still pervade reservation life. Previous Bill Miller albums also deal with contemporary issues, but all are characterized by Miller's unique sound, combining Indian chanting and flutes and lyrical songs with a rock 'n' roll heart. Altered-Native, he calls it.

Miller will perform Saturday night at the newly christened Hot Club of Los Alamos at Gordons' CDs and Allied Fine Foods in Los Alamos.

A storyteller and flamboyant performer, Miller uses buckskins and carved flutes as tools to help showcase his true gift: songwriting. …

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