“If you miss the golden days of Willie Nelson, you should add Gus Miller to your rotation. His song has that honky tonk spirit with meaningful lyricism. Heck, even his unconventional vocal style is a bit like Willie’s own signature. The combination all comes together for something really fun and exciting. The vibe got my attention and the electric guitar kept me interested.”
– Ear To The Ground Music on “Perfect Fool”
At 26 years young, Austin based Gus Miller is making his own dent in the alternative country scene with his debut, self-titled 2020 EP. His past work, writing and performing as the front man for Austin based Americana group, Light Horse Harry, has established himself as an artist emblematic of Texas sound.
“If you miss the golden days of Willie Nelson… that honky tonk spirit with meaningful lyricism… you should add Gus Miller to your rotation.” – Ear To The Ground Music. With elements of Americana, folk, and roots music, his sound takes on contemporary interpretations of country, rock and pop. His lyrics are embedded with themes of regret, loss, loneliness, and nostalgia, balanced out with a carefree, rambling, tongue-and-cheek attitude that radiates authenticity. Straying away from effects and reverb, his music emphasizes musicianship over showmanship and originality over perfection, with the idea that great music is imperfect.
He first picked up a guitar at the age of 12, his older brother’s dusty Fender Stratocaster, which soon enough became his own after he wouldn’t put it down. His appreciation for classic genres began with The Beatles’ and Rolling Stones’ catalog and exploring the American artists that they drew influence from, such as Buddy Holly, Gram Parsons, Robert Johnson, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Everly Brothers, and Chuck Berry to name a few. In exploring these classic genres, Gus took up an appreciation towards acoustic instrumentation, valuing its raw power. This is evident in his debut EP, which features him on mandolin, dobro, and acoustic guitar.
While still in high school, and with limited knowledge of sound production, Gus recorded and produced his first album with Light Horse Harry. At 18, he moved down to Austin, Texas, to attend The University of Texas and pursue a career in the music industry. Upon arrival, he quickly realized that due to his age, he could not perform at most bars & clubs in town. A few weeks and a fake ID later, he had his foot in the door. Playing up to four nights a week, he continued to hone his live chops, performing with Light Horse Harry and acquiring residencies at the unfortunate bars lining Austin’s 6th Street.
Over the years, he’s had the opportunity to share bills with artists such as Ray Wylie Hubbard, The Wood Brothers, Jackie Venson, Them Damn Quails, Andrew W.K, Zac Wilkerson, Night Cap, and many others. He began attracting more local attention in the songwriting community when in 2017 he was a winning finalist in The Kerrville Folk Festival’s University Songwriting Competition. And in 2018, Austin Music Foundation awarded him “Artist of the Month” for his work with Light Horse Harry. Gus released his debut single “Perfect Fool” from his upcoming, self titled EP in Feb. of 2020, with plans to release another single come March 16th, and the full EP this April.