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The Dirty Looks

by Derek Miller

Alternative Blues Rock
Genre: Blues: Blues Vocals
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1. Devil Came Down Sunday
3:52 album only
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2. Stormy Eyes
3:49 album only
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3. Girls
3:22 album only
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4. Throw the Hammer Down
4:19 album only
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5. Ooh La La
2:55 album only
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6. Never Gonna Get Enough
2:59 album only
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7. Ocean (All Night Long)
4:17 album only
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8. 10,000 RPM
3:27 album only
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9. Malibu
3:01 album only
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10. Shot O Cocaine
3:49 album only
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11. Wishing Well
3:05 album only
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12. Mystery Train (the Lonely Hearts Club)
4:19 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Derek Miller is Link Wray and Hank Williams on peyote.
Derek Miller is a howling voodoo wolf with a guitar on his back.
Derek Miller is a completely original rock’n’roll legend
Derek Miller (Bear Clan) Born Oct 29th 1974, on the Six Nations of the Grand River, Mohawk Territory.

Derek’s musical journey began when his mother gave him a warped neck Fender guitar fished out of his deceased grandfathers closet at the age of 13.

“Looking back at it now, it was as though his spirit was saying, take this, talk to me through this instrument and everything will be fine.”

He connected with the guitar and feverishly devoured all he could, playing with his cousins and friends, copping licks from his mother’s extensive record collection.

“She used to dance me to sleep, so I often wondered if that’s why I had time and rhythm…but I do tend to push the beat hard.”

A few years of playing and a few low-tech demos later, Derek gave his first offerings to the public of what he could really do…and people took notice. Like former music writer Howard Druckman who first brought Derek to the attention of a public outside Six Nations, and famous peace advocate Buffy St. Marie who would eventually take Derek on the road with her, exposing him to Canada at large.

Writing, recording, and the road followed with Derek putting out the Sketches EP, as well as heading south to Phoenix and garnering producer credits in 2000 for Keith Secola and The Wild Band of Indians hit Fingermonkey.

In 2002 he released Music Is The Medicine and began to focus more on his own career. He was recognized with a Juno Award for this album, a spiritual journey for Derek, using music as the catalyst for the curing of a troubled soul. The success of that recording gave way to international touring for the better part of 2 years to far away lands like Norway, Greenland and France, and hanging out in NYC with friends such as Jim Jarmusch who coined the Link Wray/Hank Williams comparison.

“By 2005, I felt like I had given my soul completely to the devil…touring, drinking and pumping my body full of drugs…it had me reeling pretty bad…thank the Maker for friends saying ‘get help’…that’s what I was battling as I went to record The Dirty Looks. It was the hardest thing I’d done at that point, then I went through rehab and wrung out the laundry. Through native culture, ceremony and trauma recovery I felt I’d won my soul back…and you can hear that torture on that record, and man, I’m just grateful I lived through it.”

Dirty Looks is full of changes and experience that can be heard on songs like ‘Devil Come Down Sunday’ a song written as a testament to life after you get through the hard livin. Derek wrote this song in 10 minutes directly following a near death car experience in the Ontario bush that almost took his life in the same way it took his father’s. ‘Ocean (All Night Long)’ is a prayer to his grandfather on the other side; ‘10 000 RPM’ is the American dream being a fast car and a hot woman, both showing no remorse or consequence and ‘Stormy Eyes’ is a cry to war with your greatest enemy…yourself.

“You just get sick of the smoke and mirrors of show business…but this music has no apology nor does it come from a formula…and I’m so thankful I’m able to tour because I’m told it’s WAY better live!”

Dirty Looks is Derek’s story, a story of experience, troubles, good times and bad, of a man fighting for his life and winning.

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Sheryl Henry

It was a honor to meet Derek Miller, a friend in Healing
First time I heard Derek, was at his CD release party. His voice and songs were awesome. I can really relate to every song, because I know it comes from his heart and soul. His music really gets me going in the mornings.. He is a very intelligent and talented man, way to go Derek! You will be an inspiration on the younger generation to come.. I'm very proud of you!!!
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Les Barber Senior VP www.310holdings.com

The Best I have heard in a long time/up there with H. Wolf/my Fav
Derek all the best, great job on your music and career I love it and my son (Joey 18) is an Alternative/Ska/Metal Guitar/Bass Player and he digs your Music too.
I seen you on Rez Blues and you were dynamite!
I have a Beverly Hills Public Company www.310holdings.com and I have some ideas that can make you a lot of money, please call me or email me 905-985-4051 email lesbarber@sympatico.ca
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Jade

Derek Miller is the best thing I've listened to in ages.
I couldn't wait for another CD by Derek Miller and this one doesn't disappoint. His awesome voice belts out tunes from the hard driving sound of 10,000 RPM to the funky diddy Girls and the smooth ballad of Ocean. I'm in love.
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kristy

on fire!!!
I've been waiting a long time for a cd like this. i'm 21 years old but i know real music when i hear it! derek miller is a throwback to hardcore rock... the genuine kind this is! Miller's music reminds me of led zep and jimi hendrix. it's really good man, it's amazing!
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Susan

So glad I finally found it!
Saw Derek Miller on Toronto Jams last summer and looked for this CD ever since. So glad I finally found it! Enjoy the music immensely, but it needs a better picture of Derek on the cover.
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Bram

Excellent!
Bought this CD with several 5.00 CDs from CDbaby knowing I was spending almost as much on this as 3 other CDs. I was a little worried, but listening to the song parts on this site, I was convinced it had to be good. Seemed like great, fast, hard, bluesy songs with melodies and lyrics you can really get into.

I was overwhelmed at how good this CD was. There aren't many CDs you can buy today that don't have a single bad song on it. This is one of them. Every song has a distinct taste, tempo, and feeling to it and every song has the power and strength to pull you into it. There just is not a bad song on this disc and I am woefully sad that I cannot find more of his work! Guess I'll have to wait.

Buy it now. It's worth every penny.
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trav

i think its pretty good better than the first
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Cornelia Swart

Derek totally ROCKS!
I thought he was just a kid when I saw his clip on SOAR, www.soundofamerica.com and I checked him out on myspace.com and he totally rocked. I am going to buy all his cd's now. I downloaded a few from Walmart.com, and Rhapsody, but I want the whole cd's now.

I hear what he's saying on DIRTY LOOKS..been down that road,and it's a blessing to come out of it alive and able to give back for your thanks.

Derek! You rock, bro.. kewl bean, jelly bean...
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salmonberry9k2

I love it
No doubt about it, Derek Miller rocks. I've been listening to this cd for a couple weeks now and I love it. My favorite has to be Ocean but all the songs are great.
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Bill Rainey

Dirty Looks
Outstanding stuff man. You are true warrior. Hopefully I'll get to see a concert soon where I could maybe get an autograph on my mint Link Wray record. Keep Bringin' it on Brother.
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