Buddy Miller, Universal United House of Prayer

Peter Blackstock

By Peter Blackstock

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Universal United House of Prayer

Buddy Miller
The MVP of early ’00s alternative-country turns in his career’s best

If an MVP award for alternative-country were to be awarded for the last decade or so, it would almost certainly have to go to Buddy Miller, whose credits range from playing guitar on major records by Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle and Lucinda Williams to producing albums for the likes of Solomon Burke and Jimmie Dale Gilmore to co-writing songs for mainstream megastars such as the Dixie Chicks and Brooks & Dunn. Notwithstanding all that, Miller's primary asset is his voice; he's one of the great country singers of his time, even when he's tackling decidedly non-country material — as evidenced by his landmark cover of Bob Dylan's "With God on Our Side" on this record, his career best.