Miller & Milnes

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Photograph of Miller & Milnes performing together in a private setting.

Jesse Milnes and Emily Miller perform country and old-time music, singing close harmony with Jesse's unique finger-picked guitar style and a healthy dose of old-time fiddling. Emily was raised playing and singing Louvin Brothers and Stanley Brothers songs with her parents while they traveled the world as news editors. She is now a lead singer and twin fiddler in the country band, the Sweetback Sisters, as well as musical director of the Davis & Elkins College Appalachian Ensemble. Jesse grew up in the world of West Virginia old-time music, learning from masters like Melvin Wine and Ernie Carpenter as well as his father, folklorist and fiddler Gerry Milnes. He regularly plays for square dances around West Virginia when he isn't on the road playing as a duo with Emily. Jesse and Emily live in central West Virginia.

"An immensely listenable set full of skill, craftsmanship and genuine love" — Huffington Post

"An honest and powerfully nuanced expression of Appalachian roots music, captured with minimal production and reminiscent of the best early field recordings" — Prescription Bluegrass


Part of the Appalachia in the Bluegrass concert series. The series is supported by the John Jacob Niles Center for American Music, the Appalachian Studies Program, and the Appalachian Center of the University of Kentucky.

Sep 28 2018, 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Niles Gallery
Free and open to the public
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