Just call us “Detroit Country City” for one night only! Featuring a live performance by Detroit’s own Dan John Miller and his band, Blanche, and many other musicians. There will also be interviews and discussions about Detroit’s history and the city’s country music roots, as well as clips from the Ken Burns documentary.
Enjoy performances by:
- Dan John Miller
- Frontier Ruckus
- The Volebeats
- Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic
- Craig 'Bones' Maki
- Candy Miller
- Aaron Jonah Lewis
- Libby Decamp
- Ethan Daniel Davidson
- Behind the Times
- The Tri-County Squares
- The CommonWealth Cloggers
Dan John Miller of Blanche
Dan John Miller is an American musician and actor, best know for his role in the Oscar-winning film Walk The Line, in which he starred as Johnny Cash’s guitarist and best friend, Luther Perkins. He also appeared in George Clooney’s Leatherheads and Richard Loncraine’s My One and Only (featuring Renee Zellweger), among other films.
As the singer and songwriter for gothic country-garage band Blanche, the band’s debut album If We Can’t Trust The Doctors... was chosen by esteemed British music magazine Uncut as #33 in their Top 100 Albums Of The Year and was nominated for the Shortlist Prize by filmmaker Jim Jarmusch. The band was chosen to perform for the BBC’s Electric Proms in London in support of their acclaimed second album Little Amber Bottles, and toured worldwide, playing festivals in England (Reading/Leeds), Ireland (Vital), France (Rock de Seinne), Belgium (Pukkelpop) and Holland (Lowlands), while touring the uk with The Handsome Family, The White Stripes, Franz Ferdinand and Calexico. These days, Blanche has been on a hiatus while the Millers focus on parenting duties.
Dan began his music career fronting seminal indie-country/cowpunk heroes Goober & The Peas, whom the Austin Chronicle called “the most exciting live band in America” following their performance at the SXSW festival. The band released two acclaimed albums while touring extensively with bands such as Morphine and Uncle Tupelo, headlining the Transmusicales Festival in France and opening for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Bob Dylan.
Next was Two Star Tabernacle, a collaboration with Jack White, drummer Damian Lang (Detroit Cobras) and Dan’s wife Tracee Mae Miller, another explosive band that again mixed elements of raw country and garage rock. The band’s only official recording was a 45 for Bloodshot Records for which they teamed up with R&B legend Andre Williams.
Dan served as music composer for the acclaimed A&E biography documentary film “Johnny Cash’s America,” (by Oscar-winning director Morgan Neville)which was released by Sony/Legacy and nominated for a Grammy.
As a solo artist, he has performed with the legendary Ralph Stanley, Josh Ritter, Jon Langford (Mekons), Stephen Malkmus (Pavement), Alejandro Escovedo, and John Wesley Harding. He was also chosen to perform at Pulitzer prize-winning author Dave Eggars’ Revenge of the Bookeaters‘ benefit concert, along with the Cowboy Junkies.
Dan performed on the Grammy-winning album Van Lear Rose by Loretta Lynn, playing guitar and singing backing vocals, as well as the self-titled album by country music legend Charlie Louvin (The Louvin Brothers), which was nominated for a Grammy. He has appeared in music videos by The Melvins, Loretta Lynn, The White Stripes and The Soledad Brothers, as well as co-directing the music video ‘Hotel Yorba’ by The White Stripes.
An award-winning voice actor and audiobook narrator (Audie Award, Sovas Award (Society of Voice Arts & Sciences)), he has garnered 10 Earphones awards, 3 Publishers Weekly Listen Up! awards, 5 Audie nominations and has been named a “best voice” by Audiofile Magazine many times. He has narrated over 300 audiobooks by authors that include Pulitzer Prize winner Philip
Roth, Pat Conroy, John Green and Philip K Dick.
Dan has lived his entire life in the Detroit, Michigan area and is married to artist Tracee Mae Miller, who also plays bass and sings in Blanche. They live on an acre in a 1930’s farmhouse with their daughter Frances (10) and son Hollis (7).