Paul MilesPaul Miles, an accomplished musician has the style of some of the great delta bluesmen of the early 1900s such as Robert Johnson. During his career he has worked with some of the most talented musicians to ever grace the art and released nine albums of his own. Despite his accomplishment in music, Miles can still be found playing the streets of Detroit even in the most extreme conditions. He says that this type of exposure keeps him connected to what is going on within the city; an aspect that he never wants to be excluded from or above.

Drawing from a wide range of musical influence including Richie Havens, the Stooges, and Black Sabbath, Miles incorporates many different genres and influences into his music. Always making it a point to be part of the local scene, Miles played as a solo act at coffee shops while studying at Bowling Green State University. Playing mainly acoustic sets, the musician had a strong anti-war stance after losing a cousin in Vietnam. He still has an anti-war stance to this day.

While working as an actor in 1995, the musician got a chance to work as an understudy for Grammy-winning blues musician Keb’ Mo’ (formally known as Kevin Moore. Miles learned about the delta blues style guitar from Mo’ and dedicated his music career to learning everything he could about the style. Miles brought his experience and his music to Detroit where was interviewed on the local WDET by Robert B. Jones.

Maintaining a social network via sites like Myspace and Facebook are some of the factors that Miles contributes to his success. Fans from all around the world came to see him when he played in Memphis, and many will likely turn up at his planned European shows in France and Switzerland.

Anybody with the credentials and fame of Miles and who will still play the frosty streets of Detroit is clearly a musician who has not lost touch with his roots. He claims to be pulling for the working man, something that is reflected not only in his style of music but his dedication to being connected to the scene. The next time you see someone with an acoustic guitar playing in downtown Detroit, it may be a nationally recognized blues artist longing to stay connected with a scene that he has grown to love.

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