Bringing It All Back Home

Miami-made singer-songwriter Jacob Miller takes a new-school approach to old-school sounds

But as a true DIY hustler, Miller is on the move a lot; he arranges meetings in New York and goes on mini-tours and random one-off gigs throughout the country. And he takes every random, offbeat opportunity that his grassroots approach gets him — like writing a song for the opening celebration of a Beijing exhibition of one of his favorite visual artists, Robert Rauschenberg.

"It's been eating me alive for the last three weeks," Miller says by cell phone, slightly out of breath as he dodges kamikaze pedestrians on the streets of New York's Chinatown. "The song is called 'I'm Just a Witness.' Basically Rauschenberg always looked at himself as a sort of journalistic artist; he always says he's just reporting.... I'm trying to get it as true as possible and give people an insight into an incredible artist."

Recently, too, he scored an on-air gig on XM Radio's Loft Sessions on Channel 50 the Loft, its outlet for intelligent singer-songwriters.

Talkin' Jacob Miller's blues
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Talkin' Jacob Miller's blues

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Jacob Miller and Matt White perform Thursday, October 4, at Studio A, 60 NE 11th St, Miami. The show begins at 8:00 p.m., and tickets cost $10. All ages are welcome. Call 305-358-7625, or visit www.studioamiami.com.

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But while he continues to play behind Who We Are, with a number of performances scheduled before and during the upcoming CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival in New York, the ever-prolific Miller is on a writing binge.

"I wouldn't say I'm thinking about a new album yet, but that's the next step later down the road. Although 99.9 percent of the world probably hasn't heard of me yet, I've been playing these songs for the last year," he says, "so I'm ready to put more stuff together."

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