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    Tor Miller
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    You know how it's always the really awkward-looking, shy kid in the movies who shuffles up to the mike and shocks the low expectations of spectators with his amazing voice? Well, Tor Miller is not that kid. He pretty much looks like the cool James Dean of balladeers who's going to sit down at the keyboard and knock your socks off, and quite possibly make off with your girlfriend after the set. Fortunately, Miller's looks do not belie his musical skills.

    The EP Headlights has already gotten plenty of buzz, including the single, "Midnight," which has been in regular rotation on WFPK. Live, Miller easily grabs an audience with his soulful delivery of songs that have a certain smoky, melancholic undertone and the irresistible hooks that pull you into his world of gritty New York streets and romantic yearning. The anthemic "Midnight" stands out because the lyrics are sung like a true son of New York, a keen observer who loves the city, warts and all. Miller's impressive vocal range allows him to inhabit the emotional landscape of his songs from full-throated fervor to a quavering falsetto. He will be an interesting artist to watch -- already showing singular poise and passion as a performer -- even before putting out his first full-length album.

    It was a good night if you like commanding male voices. Louisville's Justin Paul Lewis, on electric guitar, opened for Miller with a mix of older tunes and a handful of promising new ones, which will fill out a forthcoming album later this summer. 

    Justin Paul Lewis
    Justin Paul Lewis

    [Photo Credit: Lee Burchfield]

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    I'm a writer and editor living in Louisville since 1996. I'm originally from the Blue Ridge of Virginia.

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