When I got the opportunity to present Blues musician Kerry Duane Johnson, known in the music world as Donnie Miller, a few questions. I could not let this chance pass by!
Dit keer in een gesprek met… een interview met de Amerikaanse allround bluesmuzikant Kerry Duane Johnson of te wel Donald D Miller. Ik sprak met de bluesmuzikant ter gelegenheid van de lancering van zijn nieuwste album genaamd kerry Duane Johnson. De muzikant is, om zijn eigen woorden te gebruiken voor de blues geboren. In ons koude kikkerlandje geniet zijn muziek nog geen algemene bekendheid maar wie weet draagt dit artikel er een steentje aan bij om daar verandering in te brengen.
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I would like to welcome Donnie Miller a phenomenal blues musician from the Nashville area of Tennessee.For my readers who have never heard your music, explain your sound in 5 words.
HOT LIVE BLUES THAT ROCKS
What does playing music means to you?
It’s like Oxygen or food or water….I MUST have it to exist. After severing a nerve and tendon on the palm of my left hand in 1992 and not being able to play for a year after a 4 hour surgery to put my hand back together….it means EVERYTHING to me. I don’t play music for the audience. I play music for myself….it’s the fountain of youth and time stands still in that moment.
How long did it take you to get to where you are now? And did you ever wanted to give up?
It’s taken 40 years. And YES…I have thought about giving up hundreds of times. Just not in the last 20 years.
With which famous people did you play?
Wolfman Jack: Toney Carey: Mark Farner: W.A.S.P.: Tom Petty: Nightranger: Survivor: Taj Mahal: David Alan Coe: In 1985 my band “Donnie & the Rock” opened for the KINKS on their entire U.S. Summer tour…Cindy Lauper and Tommy Shaw from STYX sang on my first album “One of the boys”…..there have been so many famous people that I had forgotten many of them. Here’s a clip of myself and Scott Holt from last year. (Scott was Buddy Guy’s guitarist for 10 years)
What’s your motto or the advice you live by?
NEVER GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAM!
What is you favorite song?
Too late to cry by Lonnie Johnson.
Do you write youre own songs? Where do you draw inspiration from when you write songs and what’s your favorite part about the proccess?
Yes…I have written hundreds of my own songs. My favorite part of the “process” is when they are DONE and posted on the web so YOU and millions of others around planet earth can DOWNLOAD them.
Have you ever been to Holland?
No but I believe that the people there would be very supportive of what I do!