Buddy Miller At Grand Ole Opry
Buddy Miller started his career behind the music, as a songwriter for popular country bands including the Dixie Chicks, Brooks & Dunn, and Lee Ann Womack, and as a multi-instrumentalist and harmony singer for artists including Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, and Lucinda Williams. But he is most well-known for the music he has made with his wife, Julie Miller. The musical couple met when in 1975 when Buddy auditioned for a band she was in. She didn’t want to hire him but six years later she married him.
Buddy and Julie spent years shaping their careers separately; Julie released four Christian albums during the 90s while Buddy was busy working on four of his own. In 2001, after 20 years of marriage, the couple released their debut album under both their names aptly named Buddy & Julie Miller.
During the 2000s, Buddy received seven awards from the Americana Music Awards. In 2009, Buddy set out on the Raising Sand tour as part of Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’s band. After coping with health and family issues, the couple returned to release another album in 2009, Written in Chalk. Robert Plant performed the song “Whatcha Gonna Do, Leroy” with the Millers on their new album, which peaked at No. 3 on the US Heat Album Chart.
In 2010, Buddy went behind the music again to produce Patty Griffin’s DowntownChurch, which won a Grammy for Best Traditional Gospel Album that year. Since Written in Chalk, Buddy has released two more albums, The Majestic Silver Strings and Buddy & Jim.