Steve Miller is No Stranger to Blues

Last Updated on September 12, 2022

Steve Miller Band
PNE Amphitheatre, August 30, 2022, Vancouver, BC

Steve Miller looks great for a 78-year old. The night started with the excellent 1962 Elmore James song, Stranger Blues. There would be another cover at the midway point of the show, Blues With a Feeling, the 1947 blues song written by Rabon Tarrant that later became a hit for Little Walter, with whom the song is usually identified with. Walter transformed the tune to a Chicago blues harmonica classic.

Miller began playing guitar at four under auspices of legendary Les Paul who was Steve’s Godfather and T-Bone Walker, both friends of Miller’s father.

It was in Dallas where Steve formed his first band before his teens, a blues outfit, which included Boz Scaggs, known as the Marksmen Combo.

The Steve Miller Blues Band was formed in San Francisco, and in 1967, the band shortened its name to the Steve Miller Band. In February 1968, the band recorded their incredible debut album, Children of the Future. Those in attendance did not care about Miller’s blues. This sad bunch were only interested in the hits from the only album they own,  Greatest Hits 1974-78.

 

Setlist

Stranger Blues (Elmore James cover)
Fly Like an Eagle
I Want to Make the World Turn Around
Jet Airliner
Abracadabra
Dance, Dance, Dance
Wild Mountain Honey
Swingtown
Blues With a Feeling (Rabon Tarrant cover)
Living in the U.S.A.
Space Cowboy
Jungle Love
Take the Money and Run
Rock’n Me

Encore

Who Do You Love
The Joker

 

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