We arrived a little late to the party for Nashville singer/songwriter Hannah Miller -- but let's just say we're not leaving anytime soon. Though she's been releasing her own particular brand of bluesy and seductive folk/pop for more than five years it wasn't until her EP O Black River last year that she hit our DC Radar. On "Just Like Him", the excellent opener to Doubters and Dreamers -- the third in a trilogy of EP's -- Miller sings of her father "he chooses his words carefully, hardly ever shows his hand", a description that could also be applied to her own airy, almost dispassionate vocal style. Miller and producer and instrumentalist Neilson Hubbard quicken the pace on half of the EP's six tracks -- particularly on the inspired reading of Elton John's "Sorry Seems to Be The Hardest Word." But damn if it's not the elegantly melancholic ballads that really do a number on us. Like Miller herself, the gospel tinged "Little Bit" (and free DC download), co-written with Hubbard, gracefully swings with it's own gentle and understated soulfulness. More DC on O Black River here. Stream the full EP here.
Hannah Miller - "Little Bit" (from the Doubters and Dreamers EP) Free Download
Hannah Miller - "Just Like Him" (from the Doubters and Dreamers EP)