Miner Brewing Music Series Presents: Few Miles South
September 14 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm$10 - $12
Opposite south sides converge in this unlikely crew created by South Georgia raised Blake English and Los Angeles native Tori Lund. The two met in 2014 singing and playing in an L.A. church and bonded over a shared a love of country music. They began writing with intentions to shop songs to other artists, but after a couple years putting together a catalog, they decided to wrangle up some local musicians and form a band.
That band, Few Miles South, makes its way to Hill City on Saturday, Sept. 14, for an after-hours show beginning at 8:30 p.m. in the Miner Brewing Company Taproom.
Advance tickets for this intimate, all-ages performance in the Taproom are just $10 and can be purchased online, by calling 877.226.9453, or by visiting the Taproom. Any remaining tickets on the day of the show will be $12 and available only by phone or in the Taproom.
Tori is a classically trained singer and misplaced old-fashioned country girl. She grew up playing her family’s piano and quickly picked up the guitar. Her love of singing led her to complete a Masters of Music degree, but after graduating, she realized her heart wasn’t in opera. Resigned to teaching piano and voice, she sidelined her dream of performing until she met Blake, who encouraged her to write. As an avid reader, songwriting came instinctively, and she now pens the majority of Few Miles South’s lyrics while budding catchy melodies with Blake.
Blake comes from a family of guitar players and songwriters and was raised on rock, country, and R&B. A multi-instrumentalist with a keen ear, he moved to L.A. in 2000 and signed his first publishing deal. He has since worked in his studio as a writer, producer, and engineer all over the genre board. Some of his credits include Toni Braxton, George Benson, and a Grammy nominated album by Brandy. Burnt out by the publishing rat race and looking for a change, he was eager to return home to his country roots and play live music.
Few Miles South does it all in house, writing, recording, and producing songs, which offer both old-school nostalgia and a refreshing detour from today’s predictable pop country. Their first single and music video “On Down the Road,” stayed on the Independent UK HOTDISC charts for over 10 weeks and was awarded the “Best International Music Video in 2017.”
Ready to give it a real shot, Blake and Tori quit their day jobs, packed up their dog, Jojo (RIP), and moved south to be nearer the country music scene. In February 2018, they released a five-track debut EP, Might Could, featuring their friend and renowned pedal steel guitarist Bob “Boo” Bernstein. A year later, they released their first full-length album, Californ I Ain’t. Blues and southern rock influences can be heard throughout their songs as well as nods to icons like Hank Williams and The Band.
Tori and Blake have been warmly received by fans and critics and have toured the U.S. extensively, often van camping with their dogs.