We are producing an hour long tribute to the life and music of the late great Jim Miller, an amazing songwriter from Bemidji, MN.
This last summer, we were all shocked by the sudden death of Jim Miller—a leading force in creating a unique musical sound in the north woods of Minnesota. Jim was a mentor, mover and shaker, and all round interesting guy. He also happened to be one of the best song writers to come out of the north country.
To honor the way his life influenced so many of us, we’re creating an hour-long radio documentary, Walking Through the Tall Pines--The Jim Miller Project, for Northern Community Radio—KAXE and KBXE. Besides the documentary we’ll be building an interactive website so we can share Jim’s music and clips of the show with you—and also as a way for you to send us your stories and memories about Jim.
Did Jim influence your life or music somehow? Did you dance in a dusky bar to his tunes? By making a contribution to our fundraiser, you’ll be helping to create the documentary so that many, many more people across the north country can tap their toes to Jim’s beat.
In exchange, we’ll be offering many top notch and sometimes rare performance downloads and CD’s of Jim’s music as a perk for helping with the campaign. When we all met at Brigid’s Cross to honor Jim, the room was stuffed to the rafters. That man had a way of touching people, and we want his legacy to continue to inspire and incite us all to be bigger and louder and more alive than ever.
Get involved. Make a donation. If it is $10 or $1000, we can use all the help you can offer. Also, send us a picture or video clip. Tell us your stories—even if they are X-rated. Did you take lessons from him? Dance to Known Only Locally, or Blew Munday?
The documentary will be produced by the senior production team, Milt and Jamie Lee. Milt is a musician as well as a producer and first met Jim during the recording of the radio documentary, Call of the Wild--The Creative Economy of the North Woods for Northern Community Radio. As Milt says, “it was like finding a brother.” The Lees have produced over 70 long-form documentaries for public radio, and they can’t wait to get their hands (and ears) on Jim’s story.
Interviews are already being done with Jim’s fellow musicians, friends, music students, and family. You’ll hear from Gary Burger, Gary Broste, Lou Ferreri and also Mary DuShane who taught him to fiddle in the late 60’s. Jim's wife, Kristi, has been so generous helping us get this project started, and we are really grateful to have her help creating this show. We’ll be digging deep into the local archives. Eric Carlson has already been re-mastering Jim’s albums from Know Only Locally to the four solo albums and, of course, Blew Munday. The documentary will be littered with Jim’s original music.
We can’t wait to get started . . . help us launch this project with your dollars, or by sharing this link with other fans and friends of Jim, and also by adding your photos and memories to the website. There's a lot involved whenever your do a project this big—Interviews, transcripts, music restoration, editing and mixing. I know that this is going to be a wonderful show - how could it not with Jim's voice and music as the foundation? Thanks so much for contributing to Walking Through the Tall Pines—The Jim Miller Project.
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The biggest obstacle is finding all the people that I want to interview. Some of them are in Washington State, and New York. But I feel pretty good about getting them. I've been doing this work for a long time, and I have had much more difficult people to find than Jim's friends and mentors - Kristi has already given me a bunch of numbers and email addresses, so that's good. Another thing is the vast amount of music to go through and picking just the right stuff for the show. It's not an easy task since Jim wrote so much. Again, I've got some great help with Gary Burger, Kristi Miller and Eric Carlson. Finally getting all the interviews transcribed is never easy - or cheap but the good thing is - once it's transcribed - they can be added to website.
If you would like to send some money to support the Jim Miller Documentary - you can do it the old school way - we're not particular, and we would love to have your support.
Here's how - Make the check out to Many Kites
and send it to:
PO Box 711
Cass Lake MN 56633
We will deposit it in the kickstarter campaign for you to help us meet our goal.
Thanks again! Milt Lee
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