Vicksburg’s deep roots in blues music history continue through present day through talented local artists like Ralph Miller, who was selected to be featured in a new mural in Grenada’s downtown square designed to honor Delta musicians.
The Vicksburg native joins the ranks of talented Delta musicians like Mo Hubbard, Kayla Braswell, Leo Bud Welch, Tony Browning, Little Willie Farmer and Mississippi Marshall. A dedication party is scheduled for June 25th at 4:30 p.m., followed by a performance by Little Willie Farmer at Molly’s Place.
Ever since Miller picked up his first guitar at Michel’s Music 37 years ago, the self-taught musician has performed on stages all around the region, paying homage to those who came before him and finding a beautifully soulful outlet where he expresses himself, his heritage and tells the story of the South.
“I had no idea the impact that music would have on my life,” Miller said. “It started out as a hobby.”
It didn’t take long for his new hobby to become a burning passion that would fuel a life-long career and spawn eight original albums.
He especially likes the music of Bob Dylan, James Taylor, England Dan, John Ford Coley and George Harrison of The Beatles. In the Blues category, he likes Brook Benton, Albert King and Dolby Gray.
He describes his music as easy listening or soft rock, and when he performs, he picks songs at random but tries to get the feel of what the audience wants to hear.
He performs all over the state and has recently appeared four times at the Mississippi State Fair, played at the Natchez Balloon Festival and at Classics in the Courtyard at the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation.See a typo? Report it here.