Smokey Miles - Composer  

 

Smokey Miles aka Robert Miles is a NYC musician now living in Los Angeles. As a young artist he performed and headlined at such legendary Greenwich Village haunts as Gerde's Folk City, the Lone Star Cafe, the Bitter End, Richie Havens' Cafe Wha, and The Speakeasy, and also uptown at The Upstairs at the Downstairs and composed music for several plays, children’s theater and industrial films.

 

Miles traveled around North America and Europe writing and performing his roots-based folk/blues/country/rock material, as soloist and bandleader, fronted the bands Olduvai Gorge, Bob Miles and the Otters and The Bob Miles Band and was featured with Vassar Clements' Band. He has performed with Louisiana Red, Odetta, Screaming Jay Hawkins, Ramblin' Jack Elliott and emerging singers such as Susanne Vega and Shawn Colvin.

 

In 1986, Miles won the lead role in "Dylan: Words and Music", which brought back to San Francisco before he migrated to Los Angeles in August 1987 where "Smokey" was born. In 1990 Miles teamed up with legendary songwriter Otis Blackwell (writer of the biggest hits for Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Peggy Lee and James Taylor). Otis produced Miles' album "Waiting for the Hurricane."

 

Miles is a regular guest on Academy Awards Nominee/Golden Globe Award winner “Sally Kirkland and Friends” cable tv show in Los Angeles, and wrote her a show theme song. He is also currently working on some original material for Karen Black’s musical stage show.

 

Smokey Miles composed the score and two original songs for Todd Felderstein’s multi-award winning documentary “Magic(s)” and won Best Soundtrack Award 2006 from the Los Angeles Independent Film Awards. He also composed main songs for and appeared in “The Black Cat Cabaret” which ran for a year and a half at The Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica which won The Los Angeles Music Awards Best Stage Musical of the Year (2005). As an actor, Miles has played the role of Moses in “Rock and Roll Heaven” at Theater 68 in Hollywood which won Los Angeles Music Awards Best Stage Musical of the Year (2006).

 

Smokey Miles continues to write fresh material and audiences of all ages still enjoy hearing his poetically infused story songs and authentic blues stemming from his wide range of experiences.