DARNELL MILLER A New Traditionalist Before the Soggy Bottom Boys had discovered 'I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow,' Darnell Miller was creating the kind of music that American listeners by the millions are just now turning into and turning onto in a national craze - traditional country music. As a teenager, Darnell began his career on WHIS Radio in Bluefield, West Virginia. He next took his celebrity comfortably into television - as a popular regular on WHIS-TVs weekly 'Country Jamboree.' Receiving a phone call from Lee Sutton, Managing Director in those days of 'WWVA Jamboree USA' in Wheeling, Lee had heard Darnell's record, liked his sound and invited Darnell to do a guest spot on the Jamboree. That guest spot turned into a long standing gig for Darnell, as audience reaction to his pure country sound and heartfelt deliveries kept him coming back to the stage in Wheeling as a regular performer for over two decades. He still makes numerous appearances on 'Jamboree USA' every year. Darnell recorded his first sessions for Starday Records in Nashville. His first release, 'Cardboard Sweethearts,' turned Music Row's head. But it wasn't until a move to Challenge Records that destiny gave a loud knock on Darnell Miller's door - and landed a pick hit not from Billboard. This put Darnell's voice on radio stations all over America, and it proved to be a turning point in his career. As country headed for the city in the 70s, 80s and 90s, Darnell pulled his cowboy hat low over his eyes, leaned in a little closer over his guitar, and continued to pour out his heart in a steady stream of traditional country music. He toured throughout the United States and Canada, building an enthusiastic fan base on every appearance. Thanks to a continuing presence through a series of label affiliations, Darnell's music reached the ears of Europe, Scotland, Denmark and Australia. The release in '99 of Darnell's 'Voice Activated' CD cast a wide swath of positive reactions, both from reviewers and fans - new and old - of Darnell's 'always loyal to traditional country vocals. Now in 2002, with his new 12-song album release on Aaron Records, 'Timeless,' Darnell Miller's roots are again showing as a 'new traditional' on a country music wave he helped create.
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