The Rick Miller Band is a Rock band with a country twang. We perform original material as well as many favorite Rock, Country and classic rock songs that will make you want to get up and dance as you reminisce about times past. We can keep dancing all night or put on a large stage performance such as the Ventura County Fair we recently performed at. Either way you will be glad you had The Rick Miller Band at your event.
Rick Miller was raised in San Antonio Tx. He has been playing music since he was 10 years old. Rick is a singer songwriter and plays several instruments Guitar, Piano, Mandolin, Bass & Banjo. With a love for Outlaw Country Music in the early 80's he desperately wanted to learn to play the fiddle, specifically the Devil Went Down to Georgia by the Charlie Daniels Band. After achieving that goal he set his eyes on Rock -N -Roll. He credits the likes Def Leopard, White Snake for this change in genera. Rick is now fronting his own band " Rick Miller Band" debuting his album "Burned" The record attains local recognition and played on dozens of Americana radio stations around Texas. “Beat the devil” a jazzy /rock influenced Americana song was a surprise hit as Radio stations around Texas started playing that song first. With the second release of “I won't let here see me cry” a more traditional country song The Rick Miller Band saw the Texas music circuit open up. Performing at many famous venues such as Atones, The Broken Spoke, Fritz Willies ect. The Rick Miller Band also performed at many Festivals playing for crowds of 1000's of concertgoers. Rick married the talented T.V. reporter Cecilia Bogran of channel 34 Univision Los Angeles and moved the Rick Miller Band to LA!
Ernie G was born and raised in Santa Tecla El Salvador and move the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles at the age of 7. As soon as he came to the States the radio waves injected his ears with the sounds of California's Rock, Soul, Funk and of course SoCal Blues. Taking Piano lessons in High School as well as working with several garage bands as a guitar player Ernie began his musical journey greatly influenced by Blues Music in the 90's which was making a comeback with artist like Robert Cray, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jeff Healey. Then graduating to Classical Guitar and Music Theory in College he began to work on his musicianship and overall understanding of how to create music. Starting with some classic rock bands then moving on to blues he dug into the nuances of guitar playing and his quest to be a part of a great supporting cast. Finally recognizing master like James Burton, Steve Cropper, Tommy Tedesco and many other unsung guitarists who were the epitome of a “Team Player” he took a long hiatus to relearn how to listen and play music. Coming back to Ventura California in 2009 and he began to play with local cover bands like Bamboo Blonde and was a founding member of short lived Honor Among Thieves Blues band. After working the Ventura scene for about 3 years he decided to move back to the San Fernando Valley and soon found work as a house guitar player and live sound engineer for several blues, rock and R&B/jazz based jams. In early 2013 he was hired as the second guitarist for Toni Dodd and Southbound Blues which was voted the best self-produced album by the Santa Clarita Blues Society in 2012 represented the Santa Clarita Blues Society in Memphis for the International Blues Challenge in 2011 as well as 2004. Toni Dodd and Southbound Blues have opened for artists like John Mayall, Robben Ford, Coco Montoya, The Little River Band, Tommy Castro and Eric Burdon. He was then approached in 2014 by LA Blues artist Solomon King to join his rhythm section known as “The Chosen” and enjoyed several tour dates throughout California and Arizona in 2015 while continuing to play with a great local rock bands in the San Fernando Valley like the Fandangos which cover the rock genre from the late 50s to the early 2000's, The Ice Mob with their raw R&b Classics as well as POP originals and last but not least on occasion still covering some guitar for the Grand Stand Jam Hit Squad led by the Stephen “Stixxx” Marshall.
Mike Dietzman born and raised in Southern California is the foundation of the Rick Miller Band setting the grove and keeping the tempo. Mike "AKA the Drummer" has been playing drums since the age of five. He studied music in school through college and have played many types and styles of music including concert band, orchestra, marching band, jazz big band, jazz trio work, percussion ensemble and did a few musicals. Mikes' influences are John Bonaham, Louie Belson, Buddy Rich, Dave Weckel, Billy Cobham, Danny Saraphine, Roy Burns, Terry Bozio, Lenny White, Ansley Dunbar and the list goes on.
Alex Naylor on bass and vocals rounds out the band. Our newest member but a big part of the backbone of the band. He has been performing for many years and his playing with all the great musicians he has shows through.