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Biscuit Miller and The Mix
WHERE: Charleston Brewing Company, 702 Quarrier St.
WHEN: 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Dave "Biscuit" Miller turned down the stereo right after he answered the phone. He made it a point to say he was listening to music and not watching television.
In fact, Miller, who performs Saturday at Charleston Brewing Company, said he often wonders why he even bothers to keep a TV in the house.
"I guess for the news," he said.
Otherwise, he mostly just listens to music. It's something he's done since he was a kid, hanging around his grandmother's kitchen in Chicago.
"That's all she did was play music," he said. "There was always music on when I was little, and it lingered."
Miller owes his grandmother a lot. He learned a lot, although not a lot about cooking.
"I was doing more on the eating side," he laughed.
And it was the eating that got him his blues name. One day, just before supper, Miller polished off an entire pan of his grandmother's biscuits. His family teased him about it, calling him "Biscuit," and the name stuck.
Miller learned to love music listening to the radio in his grandmother's house, but he said he didn't grow up in a musical home.
"I had an uncle who played guitar," Miller said, "but he didn't do anything with it, you know, didn't pursue it as a career or anything."
Miller got into the blues through the public schools and blues great Willie Dixon.
"I went to school with Willie's kids," he said, "and Willie did one of the first blues programs in Chicago. Once, he brought in this little kid named Lucky Peterson."
Peterson was about 5 years old at the time and had been performing a cover of James Brown's "Please Please Please" called "1-2-3-4." Around the time he performed at Miller's school, Peterson also appeared on "The Tonight Show," "The Ed Sullivan Show" and "What's My Line?"
Miller said hearing the band play excited him and made him want to play music.