Concert review- 07.27.16
"His quiet demeanor and soft sense of humor immediately put the crowd at ease, but it was his music that had us all leaning forward, yearning for more. There are singers and songwriters, but Miller is a storyteller."
Vocals on Top- 05.22.16
Engine Album review
"Miller uses his lyrical wizardry and smooth voice to carry songs, he gives them a natural flow that not all songwriters can pull off."
Tampa Bay Times- 05.19.16
"...his third full-length, Engine, in which road journals and growing-up thoughts come together on his best record yet."
Shows I Go To- 07.01.15
Interview/Euro tour recap
Sarasota Herald Tribune- 05.16.16
"Austin Miller recently released "Engine," the kind of album that blends warm vocals and engaging storytelling with an overall soundscape that has the back-porch feel of the best kind of Americana music."
Hoosier Herald- 10.10.14
Concert preview- South Bend, IN
"Austin Miller is a craftsman...his music contains an honesty that is often imitated, but impossible to fake. He sings and plays like a man deeply invested in his craft."
Orlando Weekly- 06.01.14
Concert review- May 31st @ The Social
"If you’re a little deeper into folk and Americana, Austin Miller is someone worth knowing. Rendered by a full band, his folk-rock shined with some authenticity and great stride. But perhaps Miller’s great triumph is that his effortlessly flowing songs don’t get bogged down in much of anything, especially try-too-hard purism or obliqueness. The result is a well-pitched sound that comes on with little to slow its roll and appeal. It’s hard not to like that. And that’s why it’s time for him to claim a rightful spot as one of the area’s best young folk acts."
Orlando Weekly- 05.09.14
"Bands to see" at Tampa's Tropical Heatwave
"...Last year’s More Than One Way showed a level of lyrical maturity and full-band instrumentation that has been gaining him exposure across the country."
Independent Clauses- 02.14.14
More Than One Way album review
"If Miller had invented the genre, it’d be quite a nice genre indeed. Those into earnest, calm, beautiful singer/songwriter tunes should go for More Than One Way."
Scene Gainesville- 01.16.14
"... He has some restrained spiritual passion that is reminiscent of local favorites and old classics."
Ink 19- 01.15.14
"...Miller's music exuded charismatic honesty and evoked his own unique sound. Understated rather than overblown, Miller possessed that precise magical mix of a seasoned artisan. As a bonus, Miller's deadpan humor only added to his overall stage presence..."
Vocals on Top: Top 10 Albums of 2013- 12.16.13
"It seems that almost every year a great album comes out of nowhere and emerges for you. For me it is Austin Miller’s More Than One Way."
Southern Manners- 11.05.13
More Than One Way album review / Interview
Vocals on Top- 10.09.13
More Than One Way album review
Leon Gallery- Denver, CO
"...Austin Miller, a folk dynamite from Orlando, Florida whose expertise in lyrics and guitar melodies far outweigh his youthful stature as an emerging musician."
The Forwardian Arts Society- 10.11.13
"The performance brought my mind to the many sing along sets...but this was more of a think along performance as several concepts derived from a life experienced were explored through Mr. Miller’s lyrics...I can only sustain their veracity on a deeper level that needs no memory of words in order to utilize them in my life. Yet, I do remember looking around the room during his performance to see the eyes of many indicating they were affected the same way."
The Appalachian- 09.23.13
Q&A / Interview
Suburban Apologist- 07.17.13
More Than One Way album feature
Suburban Apologist- 08.09.11
Foreign Lands album review
Mind Equals Blown- 06.21.11
Foreign Lands album review
Axis Magazine- 05.01.11
Austin Miller, yet another Orlandonite breezing his way to the high ranks, will open the evening up with his folk stylings reminiscent of a young Bob Dylan while paying tribute to modern folk superstars like the Avett Brothers. Joining Miller will be the most attractive banjo player this side of the Mississippi, Cayla Clifton who’s well placed acoustic accompaniments perfectly round out out the sound.
Orlando Sentinel- 06.18.10
...Also on the bill is Orlando neo-folkie Austin Miller, whose unvarnished ballads scratch that Dylan itch, especially if you have a weakness for the 'Blood on the Tracks' phase.
Bristol Herald Courier- 07.08.10
From the ‘you never know until you try’ file comes Austin Miller, folk singer.
From Orlando, FL to Java J’s Downtown in Bristol, Va. on July 10 comes Miller. Armed with songs from his pen including a charmingly off kilter “Fade Away,” he rides into town with a style that strikes like Bob Dylan meets Fleet Foxes by way of a mellow Ryan Adams.
Got that? Then get into Miller’s raw and evocative ballads from “Within Reach” to “Talk, Talk, Talk.” A music making newbie, Miller said via his Facebook page that he started writing songs “a year and a half ago” out of “boredom and insomnia.” Given the quality of his songs, perhaps we should all be so sleepy and bored.
REAX Music- 11.01.10
Clad in loafers and heels, Orlando’s very own Austin Miller and Cayla Clifton delivered a fantastic six-song set to start the evening off on a wonderful note. While folkin’ ain’t easy, Miller proved that, if done well, it is possible to play subdued, acoustic guitar-based music, and still keep an audience’s full attention.
A majority of the gathered crowd never took their eyes and ears off of the pair, and Miller’s vocals often evoked the powerful, convicting, delivery of Kristian Matsson. When he wanted to tone it down, Clifton’s subtle banjo accompaniment played the perfect backdrop for his more quiet, Paleo-like, croon. The duo – who also happen to be an item – recently finished a tour of the Southeast, and with a combined age of 41, let’s hope these two have plenty more in the tank.
REAX Music- 11.09.10
Austin Miller, The Morning Birds EP
Folk. It’s been done since there were instruments, yet, when done well, it never get’s old. There are great folk albums, really bad ones, and everything in between. They’ve given us peeks into our favorite artists’ psyches during certain times in their lives, and they’re often an audible record of an artist’s growth. Enter Austin Miller.
The Orlando native barely has two decades under his belt, but he’s already managed to make a name for himself within the metropolis’ thriving music scene. He’s done it on the strength of countless gigs (including a Southeastern U.S. tour), but now the 21-year-old who started writing songs out of boredom and insomnia has some hardware to give away at all of his shows.
Not counting random, lo-fi bedroom recordings, The Morning Birds officially serves as Miller’s official handshake to his listeners’ collective ears – and the six-song set is most definitely memorable. The 24-minute volume of songs finds him mostly sticking to the usual singer-songwriter fare, but the thing that separates Miller from his peers is his willingness to seemingly accept who he is on record. He rarely gets into philosopher mode, and the deepest he really gets is saying “every king and queen will someday lose their thrones/and every shining stare will fade to the unknown.” (“No One Really Knows”).
Instead, Miller sticks to vividly describing the world he observes through his own two eyes. “Nothing More” finds him strumming quiet chords and recollecting on a “house on the dirt road that’s been there for as long as I know” where a “warm damp air/floats through my hair.” A quiet piano chimes in here are there, and the track finds Miller using multi-tracking to his advantage as he lays down harmonies that aren’t perfect by any means, but pleasingly earnest all the same. In fact, the song is kind of a microcosm of the record. There are a couple flawed patches (“Within Reach” seems to have been mixed at a lower volume than the rest of the tracks), but The Morning Birds’ imperfections are charming, and Miller will surely hone his gift into a great LP someday.
Album opener “If You Don’t” begins with him singing, “I’ve seen the smoke for quite sometime, but I’ve yet to see the fire,” and that pretty much sums everything up: While all you may know of Miller might be the measly smoke signal you see from afar, rest assured that the fire is burning bright somewhere in the distance.
Art Exurb of 407- 03.09.11
Austin Miller- “The Morning Birds” EP
Miller opens “Waiting for the Sunrise” with the line “Lately my mind’s been runnin’ wild,” which is appropriate, because the imagery on “The Morning Birds” EP had the same affect on the listener, and made me long for a road trip up the state to colder weather, pine trees, and “Love’s” truck stops. I can’t remember if the saying is “you can never go home again” or “you can always go home again” (I’ll have to google that later), but either way “The Morning Birds” allows me to go home with every listen. Miller employs a raspy-whisper, reminiscent of the 90’s alt scene, that carries the mind to the dusty roads and church lined streets of a small country town. While listening, I can feel myself going to a place I’m not sure if i can ever truly return to, but it’s fun to try. The logos of the EP is finding yourself in a world that’s getting harder and harder to find clarity in. The banjo, soft brush drumming, and twangy while catchy guitar parts remind me of Ryan Adams “Jacksonville City Nights” but in an accidental way. The opening track “If You Don’t” has Adams’ ability to juggle catchy hooks without selling out entirely to a radio pop sound. I’m giving this a 3/5 because it never goes out on a limb at any point, I’m hoping Miller is willing to take some chances on his upcoming release.