"As we all know, there are many bands out there playing music. Among them, there are a few that "make it happen", bring incredible talent and energy to the gig and every single song they play. Kenny James Miller Band is one of those. Powerful, evocative, and a unique rock/blues band. That's why I had them on my TV show, "11th & Grant with Eric Funk", the six time Emmy Award winning Montana PBS series that features professional Montana musicians.
Bruce Iglauer, Alligator Records wrote…”..play very well together...music is unpretentious & well done...definitely a superior blues rock band...lots to be proud of..."
Peterson of Jerry the Inland Blues Society wrote "...they took no prisoners while rocking the house... played some seriously hard-driving.. rock..."
Randy Oxford of Oxford Entertainment wrote… “Kenny James Miller Band delivered as advertised.
Baggs Groove from the Washington Blues Society Blues Letter writes… “it’s NOT easy for a trio to put on a 90 minute show that keeps an audience on their feet and leaves them wanting more. Very few trio’s can pull this off the way these guys did….their set was full of great originals and each performer showcased his considerable blues chops”….
Lead Guitar, Vocals, Lyricist
Ken grew up in Rutherford N.J. At age 11 later moved to Eureka, MT. Growing up in the late 60's and 70's, Ken was influence by a variety of music, but always had a love and feel for the Blues.
Ken respects traditional Blues, but his style leans more towards his biggest influences, SRV, Robin Trower, Hendrix, Billy Gibbons, Gary Moore and Warren Haynes.
Jimi said it best, "the Blues is easy to play, but hard to feel."
Ken plays with a lot of feel and loves to be playing in a Solid Power Trio, performing original music.
Ken is most thankful for his Love for the Lord.
Most of what Ken writes is spiritually influenced. He says,"It's awesome to perform a tune that's accepted at Church and also in the mainstream. Someone once said Ken plays God Rock and God said... Right on!
Drums, Percussion, Backup Vocals
In his 40-year musical career, Tobin Cooley has been known as a solid, dynamic, groove and feel drummer with a strong work ethic. He has worked with many famous musicians spanning rock, blues, grunge, jazz and folk. In the San Francisco Bay Area, he played with Bill Bell (Supremes, Carmen McRae, Joe Henderson), Anton Schwartz (NW acoustic jazz ensemble of the year 2016), played studio gigs, and performed with NBT, a top regional party band. As drummer for the Stanford Jazz Band he played concerts with the likes of jazz legends Bobby Hutcherson and Stan Getz. After moving to Seattle, he joined grunge band Lucy’s Fishing Trip, who played in top Seattle venues opening for the pioneers in the grunge genre. In Portland, Tobin was in JB Eckl’s band (guitar player for War and Santana producer/songwriter). Tobin also played with the Motown band The Legendary Beyons, Megan James and the Benders blues band, and the John Ross acoustic trio.
Bass, Backup Vocals
Mark was raised in the South Bay of Los Angeles. At age 4, he was watching the Ed Sullivan show with his older sister and from then on music became his passion. His early influences include Paul McCartney, Geezer Butler, Roger Glover, Greg Lake and Chris Squire. Mark played in a couple of extremely popular L.A. bands and a stint with Iron Butterfly before relocating to Bigfork, Montana.
Mark got exposed to the blues in Montana and played with Steve Kelley in the band Big Daddy and the Blue Notes for over 17 years. They shared the stage with such artists as James Cotton, Junior Wells, Jimmie Rogers, Charlie Musselwhite, Little Charlie and the Nightcats, Robert Cray and many others throughout the northwest.
Mark left the music scene and worked for 10 years in the oil field of North Dakota.
One day Mark got a call from Ken with news of their bass player leaving the band and he jumped on it. " The KJMB is the only band I wanted to play with ". " It's pretty hard to find an all original band with gigs, especially in Montana!". "I've known Ken and Greg for a long time and consider myself blessed to be working with them".