When Metro Pulse writers write about Scott Miller, they routinely praise his skill as a songwriter, and they don’t usually mean his knack for just the right chord progression or chorus hooks. He’s been described as “a natural storyteller,” “a great songwriter” known for “his peculiar, dark, funny lyrics,” even “Tony Perkins with a guitar, having discovered that wit was sometimes more effective than a shiv.”
So Miller will fit right in at Lincoln Memorial University’s Mountain Heritage Literary Festival later this month, at which he will be the keynote musician.
Miller will perform with festival founder and novelist Silas House (Clay’s Quilt, Eli the Good) in a live literary improv—the two will trade passages from their works, Miller’s songs and House’s novels, in front of an audience. It’s not Miller’s first appearance at a bookish event; he’s performed similar sessions at other literary festivals with Lee Smith, William Gay, Jill McCorkle, and Knoxville’s own Michael Knight, author of the historical drama The Typist.
LMU’s Mountain Heritage Literary Festival will be held on the school’s Harrogate campus on June 24-26. In addition to Miller and House, the festival will include Kathryn Stripling Byer, Grace Toney Edwards, and Jason Howard.