Sacramento, CA, USA
Boogie woogie cheating songs, love-lamenting ballads, rockabilly country bops, and chicken pickin’ guitar solos—the tones of Geoffrey Miller’s style of country music tell a life’s story.
Miller’s debut album All Night Honky Tonk Man (2020) is the incarnation of personal truth rooted in the living lore of Americana country music. Years of playing guitar and singing in honky tonk bars, the discovery of lost musical heritage, and a true-life world of heartaches, wine and neon funnel into the album’s 12 original honky tonk and rockabilly numbers. Country Music People Magazine gave the album 5 out of 5 stars and Miller the title “Honky Tonker of the Month” in December 2020, as well as ranking the album #6 on the top ten albums of 2020! The album ranked among the top spots of the Alt Country Specialty Chart for radio play between February and June 2021, hitting #1 the week of March 10, 2021.
Miller’s latest release, Leavin’ 101 (2022), is rooted even more deeply in the Bakersfield Sound he grew up on. “Fans of hardcore Bakersfield sounds will delight in Miller’s latest”, wrote Country Music People Magazine, giving the album 4.5 out of 5 stars! Lonesome Highway commented in review of the album, "There is little doubt that anyone with an affection for [what] the Bakersfield sound has come to mean...will recognize Miller as a frontrunner in delivering it..” Leavin 101’ has been welcomed by Americana radio as well as critics, charting in the top 10 of the Alt Country Chart from February to April 2022, and reaching #2 the week of February 23, 2022.
The albums features performances from industry heavies, including Scott Joss (Dwight Yoakam, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson) on fiddle, Travis Toy (Rascal Flats) on steel guitar, Max Hart (Melissa Etheridge, Katy Perry) on steel guitar, and Zack Sapunor (Hot Club of Cowtown, Wayne Hancock) on bass. The album is mixed and mastered by vintage country and rockabilly recording artist Deke Dickerson at Ecco-Fonic Studio.
Miller began making a name for himself as a country guitar player around Sacramento in the early 2000s. In 2008, he toured with the vintage honky tonk band, Rowdy Kate, in Europe and began playing with numerous roots country bands back home as his reputation grew. Miller also began earning songwriter credits, contributing two original songs to Rowdy Kate’s 2007 EP.
In 2010, Miller formed the rockabilly trio Twilight Drifters as the guitarist and lead singer. The Twilight Drifters would earn bill credits that include the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Festival, The Rockabilly Extravaganza, and the Redwood Coast Music Festival, and share marquis with such names as The Cherry Popping Daddies, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys, and Deke Dickerson. The Twilight Drifters recorded three albums including numerous original songs by Miller, and were nominated for an Ameripolitan Award in 2018.
In 2015, Miller’s love for western swing music led to him co-found the trio Sactown Playboys with Olen Dillingham (student of Tiny Moore himself) and Zack Sapunor (Hot Club of Cowtown) paying homage to legends such as Bob Wills, Billy Jack Wills, Les Paul, and Jimmie Rivers. In 2018, Miller was inducted in the Sacramento Western Swing Society Hall of Fame, for his work with the trio, including a self-titled album that made number 2 on western swing aficionado Mike Gross’s top ten albums of 2019.
Through the years, Miller has shared stages with country, western swing, blues, and rockabilly legends Biff Adam, Jimmy Latrell, Bud Duncan, Bobby Black, “Little” Charlie Baty, “Big Sandy” Robert Williams, Al Hendrix, Sleepy LaBeef, and Deke Dickerson. He is also a two-time featured artist at Deke Dickerson’s Guitar Geek Festival at the 2016 and 2018 Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Festival.