Buddy & Julie Miller have released a series of “Public Service Songs” from self-quarantine during the Covid-19 pandemic. Produced by Buddy at his legendary home studio in Nashville, TN, The Boot has called the series of songs “a fun time capsule for the world’s current predicament.” Generally lighthearted, “Public Service Song #1: Stay Home” included the refrain, “Stay home, stay home, stay home, stay home, just call me on the phone, stay home” while “Public Service Song #2: Concerning Bleach” included the cautionary advice, “Don’t, don’t drink bleach, it will kill you, and you will be dead. Don’t, don’t, don’t drink bleach, no matter what the President said.”
Today, American Songwriter has premiered the video for the markedly more purposeful and no-nonsense, “Public Service Song Number 5: Get Offa My Money.” Calling it a “thundering musical mallet,” American Songwriter says, “Barebones in body but deafening in delivery, the husband and wife duo take turns exploiting the ‘do as I say, not as I do’ lifestyles of some of our nation’s most revered men.” Speaking to the publication, Julie Miller said “I was so shocked to find out from a documentary that many of the architects of democracy were slaveholders. Even the writer of the glorious words ‘… we hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal…” then packed up and went home to many slaves. I was disgusted. Then I realized my black friends were having to touch the slave owners pictures every time they used money. It is insane and cannot continue.”
100% of proceeds from the sale of the song will benefit Black Lives Matter.
The Miller’s series of “Public Service Songs” follows their 2019 album Breakdown on 20th Ave South. Met with overwhelming critical acclaim, the album was named a “Best of the Year” by many outlets with Rolling Stone Country saying it “… ranks among the year’s finest,” while American Songwriter called it “… a mesmerizing listen.” NPR Music stated “At the heart of the album are the riveting idiosyncrasies of Buddy & Julie’s partnership, and it’s a wondrous thing to be allowed back in.” Breakdown on 20th Ave. South was their first album in a decade after Julie was waylaid by a series of health issues and Buddy became an extremely in-demand collaborator and producer for Robert Plant, Solomon Burke, Richard Thompson, Shawn Colvin & Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, The War & Treaty and more. In that time, Buddy also joined T Bone Burnett on the musical team working on the hit ABC-TV series Nashville, and following Burnett’s departure, became the show’s Music Executive Producer.
Buddy & Julie Miller have also been nominated for “Best Duo/Group” for the Americana Music Association’s 19th Annual 2020 Honors & Awards currently scheduled for September 16th, 2020 at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. Buddy Miller said, “We’re just so humbled and honored to be included with all these other fantastically talented artists and grateful to everyone who has supported us and our music throughout the years.”
Buddy & Julie Miller’s Breakdown on 20th Ave. South is available via New West Records.