14 January 2011

WATCH: Butch Miles

In October 2010, the 2011 inductees for the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame were announced - Kathy Mattea, Connie Smith, Billy Cox and Butch Miles, along with deceased inductees Diamond Teeth Mary, Jack Rollins and Tommy Thompson. Though I think all the inductees are deserving of the honor, the fact that four years into the existence of the Hall of Fame and Hasil Adkins has yet to be acknowledged for whatever reason is an utter shame.

Anyway, with that said I want to show my respect to drummer Butch Miles. Miles graduated from West Virginia State University before going on to play with the likes of Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dave Brubeck, Ella Fitzgerald and many more. He has recorded over 100 albums, and has played on four Grammy-winning recordings. He is a native of Ironton, Ohio, which is just down the Ohio River from Huntington, and now lives in my current home of Austin, Texas, and is a professor of music at nearby Texas State University. An impressive and accomplished talent and a deserved inductee into the Hall of Fame. Here are some videos of Miles over the years.

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