Barefoot Benny's Bio

2006 CD's "Looziana Flood" still available: "Old School" & "Howlin Moon Tonight"


So... here's the drill... you can scroll down and get the whole picture, or you can dive into our life together into the fountains of information in the various sections of this site. God bless, thanks for comin'!

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What Is Delta Blues


Barefoot Benny's Bio


Meet the members of the band


The Early Albums


CD #1, Good and Faithful Servant (1996)


CD #2, To Be Continued (1998) and (1999)


CD #3, Rhythm 2 This Life(2001)


CD #4, Old School(2003)





What Is Delta Blues


This is a good question. Delta blues is a style of music driven by bass guitar oriented "rhythm and blues" adapted by white people from whore house (the original source of the name of honkey tonk). After WW2, it moved north with black guitar players and became urbanized electric delta blues rhythms.

Another name for this style is "roadhouse" Blues. Most of the dance halls that We have played at were either biker bars or country bars.

The Old Catfish's Bio

I was born a poor white child. both parents were jazz players in Georgia. My mom and my aunt were great fans of going to the "other side of the tracks" to hear blues. Musicians were always in our house. It was a constant jam session.

My dad gave a tiny drum kit for my 4th birthday. By 9 years old, I was gigging with the family band and never stopped.

the summer of 67, I got a job with the Red Dogs out of Little Rock. In 70, I became a studio cat in Chicago. Eventually drifted to Toledo in the late 80's to teach college. My side players have changed over the 30 years of jumpin around, but, the music remains firmly grounded in the honkey tonk blues of my childhood.

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Meet the Boys


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"Barefoot Benny" Miller is the singer and lead guitar of this medicine show. Through most of his career, he has been known as a song writer. He was won numerous awards from Song writing associations (SWA's) overthe years.

He has been playing drums for 40 years and guitar and singing for more than 30 years. His favorites are Albert, Eddie, and BB King, Robert Johnson, Eric Clapton.

He has published a "how to play" guitar (in the fifth edition called "Easiest Guitar System Ever!.) It was originally published in 1976 by Black Hawk Press, Chicago).Cliuck the link to see the first four chapters on this web site.

He plays many styles of music, but, prefers to play a type of dancing music called road house blues (ZZTOPP, et al).


Matt "Muff Diver" Gring. Is the current bass player. He plays in a bunch of bands.


Cindy Oberhouse
and Ben have performed together in various venues since the early 90's.

Her main interests are in music and healing. She has a gifted connection to the River of Life flowing from the Throne of God and the Holy Spirit that is awesome to the people around her. Good looking and a great singet to boot.


The drummer is Jeremy "Animal" Harness. He has played drums in various bands with RR since the middle 90's. He has a tasty, funky style that fit immediately with all of the styles that we play together.


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The Early Albums


& Frenz (1971)

The LP called "& Frenz" was recorded while I was a studio cat at ABC Dunhill in Chicago. At night, we would get free recording time from the studio. I would play on other people's projects and they would play on mine. Dog Ear Records picked me up because I already had tapes in hand. These are the songs on the first album (recorded the winter of 71-2):

& Frenz

Come Be my Lady                      for Helen 
Wecome A Lonely Man                  for Betsy 
Girl With Tomorrow Eyes              for Jan in Pittsburg  
What If I Chose Wrong                for me 
What 're We Doin Right?              for Helen,Janet (original set)
Wings of Gossamer                    for Jan KC
Canyon Lady                          for Cookie
Trick to Growin' Old Easy            for Helen
Jambalaya (Hank Williams) 
Meri Lee                             you figger it out

 





And The Words (73)

same deal...

These are the songs on the next album:(actually recorded the same winter)

& The Words

Hat In My Hand                       for Janet 
And the Words                        can't remember but she was somethin' 
Wilamine & Freddy                    for Janet  
Old Boys Boogie                      on the mp3 site 
Big Thunder, Greased Lightning
Children Of the Word                 early spiritual piece
Take Me With You When You Go         for my children
I Might Love You Badly Some Times    for Beth Bayer
Dandelion Dance                      theme for a movie



Headed South (with "Southlands" - 1983) We made an 8 Track (AN 8 TRACK, MAN..!)of the bar band stuff we were doing. It was great fun...we got one single played on 61 Country in KC...we were hot stuff.

These are the songs an unreleased album:

Gypsy Rider

The Lady is a Tiger                  some chick at the bar
Emerald Eyes                         some dream girl
Gypsy Rider
Sweet Talker
Pokin
Lettin' Go
Sweet Lady May                       for Audrey
Honey Child                          for Helen Kahn



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Good and Faithful Servant


Our first gospel recording, Good and Faithful Servant, was released in April, 1997. These are the songs on the first album:

Good and Faithful Servant

Cleave To Me                         1982- Best Wedding Song-Chicago SWA
Hang Onto Jesus                      1993 
For the Least of These               1996  
Good and Faithful Servant            1994 
First Day In Heaven                  1971-Chicago SWA, KC SWA
Not My Will, Lord, but Thine         1990-Ohio Gospel Assoc 
Need You More and More               1995
Sweet Talker                         1983
Whatíre we Doiní Right               1971-KC SWA AWard, Milwaukee Folk Mag, 
                                            Boston Folk Festival, 
Long Glory Ride                      1980



For this album, all of the songs were written or co-written by Ben Miller. There are 7 different songwriting awards given to the songs in this collection.




2B Continued

This CD album project, 2B Continued..., was a live set of recordings with the Gospel band. It was recorded at YES-FM's Solid rock Cafe. We were practically the house band. We played there at least once a month over a period 97~99. It is the last recordings of One Heart at it's best, featuring all three of the songwriters. It was released in in 1998 and then , again, with newer tunes, in 2000.

  1. Promised Land(J. Brenning)
  2. Jump In the Water(B. Miller)
  3. Cats and Dogs (T. Anthony)
  4. Blind Faith (J. Brenning)
  5. Became A Man (Jam) (B. Miller)
  6. Ton of Money (T. Anthony)
  7. Rhythm To This Life (B.Miller)
  8. Mary's prayer(T. Anthony)
  9. Need to Pray (B. Miller)
  10. Time (to get saved) (T. Anthony)

    Most of these songs are available on mp3.com for your listening pleasure.



    Rhythm2 This life


    Our second gospel studio recording was completed in late 2002.

    It features a variey of players as the band kept shifting personnel after the Great Bear left us. We also brought in as many great players from other bands to make ourselves look good.

    Rhythm...

    This project is in "post-production." That means that all the tunes are recorded. We are now awaiting artwork and then sending it off to the factory to make boxes of CD's for us to sell.



    30 Years on the Road

    Since I have my own studio now, I have begun re-recording or remastering as many of the oldest songs that I wrote in case they begin to fade from my memory. There are songs from the 60's and 70's that I have performed but never recorded due to the slightly off-color nature of the material (Pokin...)

    There are some new tunes also from the unrecorded "I Like Girls" collection. (Lookin Fer Trouble 98, Bad Love 03, etc.) I have 8 or 9 done, so I am pre-releasing the stuff on mp3.com.



     

    Blues, in all its forms, lends itself well to the Spirit Feast concept that we share in our concerts.