Over the last couple years, after his 2010 solo debut Break Mirrors, conversational drains everywhere have been clogged with the eponymous name, artistic allure, and prodigious musicianship of Blake Mills. And now that his sophomore album Heigh Ho has been released (September 16th) there is even more candid brouhaha surrounding the twenty eight-year old (oddly enough, his birthday was yesterday.) Cali-bred and gold-finger blessed, Blake Mills is gradually, yet affirmatively erupting as a 21st century musical and producing phoenix.
His collaborative résumé is rife with heavy-hitters such as: Conor Oberst, Lucinda Williams, Fiona Apple, Band of Horses, Cass McCombs, Jenny Lewis, and a whole slew of credible musicians. For what it’s worth to you readers, Mills was lauded by Eric Clapton in a recent Rolling Stone interview, stating “Blake Mills…is the last guitarist I heard that I thought was phenomenal.” Clapton substantiated his praise by asking Mills to participate in his 2013 Crossroads Guitar Festival, which joins all the blues and rock bigwigs, and even used Mills’ festival soundcheck as the soundtrack to the 2013 Crossroads Guitar Festival trailer.
Persuading people to go to a $30 show can be an arduous task. I do know that whoever buys a ticket and attends the show will be given a digital code to download the full album. Not enough? How about a live preview of the songster’s stuff. It’s a tough call deciding between his cathartic session-version of “Don’t Tell All Our Friends About Me” or this session of “Curable Disease,” which more appropriately articulates his dexterity as a guitar player.