Thanksgiving dinner is complete, the Lions won their game (hopefully) and talk with the relatives has reached that lull. Happily, there is a place to work off the turkey slumber, courtesy of the Slippery Noodle Inn and blues bassist Biscuit Miller.
Miller and some of his friends will jam away Thursday night, opening the stage door for other musicians.
“Hey, if musicians show, it’ll be a jam. It’s all about the jamming. We got to keep it in the ‘Mix,’” Miller laughs, punning his band name Biscuit & The Mix (who will also play New Year’s Eve at the Noodle).
Miller is best known for having spent 10 years with Chicago blues great Lonnie Brooks. He recently finished a five-year stint with guitarist Anthony Gomes. Miller wants to use the two holiday shows as a sign that he’s ready to jump into the Indianapolis music scene.
“I was on the road for 250 days a year,” he says. “I want to play more locally and spend more time with my family. I’m at a point in my life where I want to have a balance.”
Aside from long weekend tours and an upcoming tour of Poland next May, Miller is ready to show off his musical prowess. Biscuit & The Mix are known to mix blues, soul and R&B. Expect some changes in the Mix.
“I recently bought an upright bass, which will be a challenge as a player and as a performer, since I’m used to moving all the time on stage,” Miller says. “I’ve been digging out my old Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon and Leadbelly records. I want to get back to my roots.”
Touring with Brooks, a traditional blues player, and Gomes, a blues player who has expanded his sound into rock territory, has helped keep Miller sharp when it comes to performing.
“My soul is adventurous. Blues music is that kind of adventure,” Miller says. “Blues can go into any direction it wants. Look at Tab Benoit — he’s been mixing blues with the other styles of music from Louisiana. That’s what I want to do. A mixture of music brings in a mixture of people. We’re going to entertain and make folks feel good at the same time.”
Miller released his solo debut, Come Together, in 2002. He’s currently writing and recording new music for an album to be released hopefully at the beginning of next year.