It all started in late 2013 when Miles met his longtime hero Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin.
“I love living in California and meeting Robert made me realize how much the Led Zeppelin song “Going to California” shaped my youthful vision of California as the promised land,” says Miles.
The title track of Miles’ May 2014 released debut EP, California Heart, tells his own story of moving west to California in search of love and flowers.
From the country rock of “California Heart” to the swampy downtempo blues funk of “Sugar Freak” and ending with the honky-tonk rave up of “The Albert Hall”, the EP shows Miles honoring influences digested over 20 years of playing and writing music.
“I learned to play guitar from a guy who played in Muddy Waters’ band back in Chicago,” says Miles. “He taught me to love and respect the lineage of the American songbook with its roots in the blues.”
Miles performs solo and with his backing band: “All of my songs have to work with just an acoustic guitar and voice, but I love the extra space I can create with other musicians.”
He’s currently writing songs for a follow up EP to be recorded in October/November.