Rock legend Steve Miller on learning from the best and keeping the barn door open

As a youngster, Steve Miller had the best music teachers you could ever ask for. I mean, Les Paul and T-Bone Walker? Are you kidding? That’s like the ultimate fairy tale for a guitar-crazed kid in the 20th century.

“I grew up in a family where music was on all the time,” stresses the 78-year-old rocker from his home in the Hudson Valley, about 90 minutes north of New York City. “My mother was a singer, her brothers were jazz violinists, and Les Paul was my godfather—so I was surrounded by music and thrilled and fascinated by it and that’s all I ever wanted to do. Once I saw Les Paul play I was hooked.”

Photo credit: Jerome Brunet

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