Identical Soil is David Michael Miller's second solo album and the comply with as much as final yr Poisons Sipped. The sound is likely to be finest described as “trendy conventional.” With it's mixture of blues, gospel, and soul influences, Identical Soil is a celebration of conventional roots kinds. The album opens with the acoustic guitar pushed riff of “All of the Blues to You,” which lays the muse for your entire album of soulful songs with relatable themes. There may be all the time sufficient familiarity to make you are feeling at house and sufficient twists to maintain you however that is Identical Soil's second main energy. The primary is David Michael Miller's voice. This man has a command of the human voice that few can match. Dynamically he’s all the time proper on the mark with out ever sounding like he's displaying off. Each line appears to roll off his tongue with whole and full ease. From the best, most intense passages to people who are barely spoken; every melodic determine and lyric ooze soul.
David explores songs impressed by Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed, and Bo Diddley amongst others. The principle riff of the down and soiled “Doing Me In, Doing Me Mistaken” references' “Manish Boy” however takes a extra trendy flip that might make Muddy proud. “Obtained Them Blues” is an up tempo gospel blues jam that with greater than a nod to Robert Randolph. “Pal of Mine” is a soulful blues ballad with sax and guitar work which can be paying homage to early Tom Waits. When David's voice is available in with the soul and savvy of Robert Cray and a touch of Al Inexperienced, the goosebumps actually begin. He attracts on many influences and kinds, but nonetheless sounds very pure and all the time earthy. This will sound like hyperbole however each monitor on Identical Soil is a complete winner. That is a kind of uncommon albums the place you aren't skipping round in search of the nice songs. “Simply Journey” is nice blues rocker. “Footwear To Shine” is dynamite funk / soul quantity with shocking chord modifications and an important solo part with the sax and guitar buying and selling fours.
No evaluation of Identical Soil can be full with out mentioning the band hand picked by David to deliver the songs to life together with keyboardist Jim Ehinger (Bonnie, Raitt, Albert Collins, Billy Vera and The Beaters), saxophonist Jason Moynihan (Buddy Man) and drummer Carlton Campbell (of The Campbell Brothers). Everyone seems to be giving a hundred percent however nobody is “over blowing”, All of them play to completely serve the songs, David's voice and the rootsy manufacturing.
David Michael Miller has the potential to go wherever and be something on this enterprise that he desires. He might simply be the following nice blues tremendous star ala Robert Cray or Bonnie Raitt. In the interim we will all groove to Identical Soil whereas we see what the long run holds.