"Spirit Rain" by Bill Miller

NASHVILLE, Tenn. ? Singer/songwriter Bill Miller's latest album "Spirit Rain" was released nationally on July 9 by Paras Recordings of Burbank, Calif.

The 14-track CD took Miller, Mohican, back to his roots on the Stockbridge-Munsee Reservation in northern Wisconsin, where water made a deep impression on his life.

"I've always been connected to water ... There's a mystical energy in water. Every Native creation story has water in it," said Miller.

Miller successfully blends Native American and western folk/blues in his latest work. It is easy to hear the inspiration of such diverse talents as B.B. King, Neil Young and Bob Dylan in his music.

His long recording career includes such landmark albums as "Loon Mountain and Moon," 1991, "Red Road," 1994, "Reservation Road" and "Raven in the Snow," 1995, "Ghost Dance," 1999 and "The Art of Survival," 2000.

The album "Ghost Dance" brought Miller long-deserved recognition at the 2000 Native American Music Awards. He took home five Nammys including artist of the year, songwriter of the year and song of the year.

This is Miller's first recording with Paras. His other works were recorded by Vanguard Records and Warner Brothers.

Along with excelling in his songwriting and vocals, Miller also plays electric and acoustic guitars, flutes and percussion.

The CD is accompanied by a 16 page, full-color booklet. It features original artwork painted by Miller and photographs by Shayna Miller, Miller's child.

To purchase Miller's CDs, learn more about his paintings and get current tour information visit www.billmiller.net or phone (818) 848-6300.