Count Hannah Miller among the large contingent of musicians with South Carolina connections who have settled in Nashville and particularly enjoy returning to the Palmetto State to play for their friends and fans.
Miller shares the bill Saturday at Music Farm Columbia with Patrick Davis, another of those expatriates. Longtime fans will hear new songs from Miller’s self-titled album soon to be released. One haunting song off the new album got early online play as the background music for a drone video over the damage in the Russian city of Chernobyl.
Miller found time between caring for her 1-year-old son Aslan to answer a few questions from The State via email.
What projects are you working on, or is having a toddler around putting projects on hold?
Well, I just finished up recording my new full-length record, planning to release it this spring. I also stay busy working with a company here in town that does custom/curated music for film/TV, which is really fun. But having a kid has slowed down my traveling quite a bit, so I focus on recording/writing and stuff like that that I can do in town instead of touring.
Can you share a little more about the new album?
The new album is my first full-length record in over seven years. I’m so excited about it! It was produced by Mitch Dane, who produced my 2008 full length, “Into the Black,” and the sound is a little of a departure from what I’ve done. I feel like it’s more “me” than anything I’ve done yet. I feel like there was a little bit of a breakthrough in just going for a sound that I had been wanting to pursue for a long time, but a little nervous to pursue. It’s a more electric-driven, and hook-and-melody-driven kinda thing, rather than the lyric-driven, folksy kinda approach that I’ve done in the past.
You’re playing here on a bill with Patrick Davis from Camden. Do you do much collaboration with the other Columbia area musicians in Nashville?
Not all that frequently. I did just share a bill with a lot of South Carolinians, mostly from the Charleston area, who have either just moved here or are planning to move soon. It’s crazy how many of us there are!
You seem to come back to Columbia to perform fairly often. Do you usually turn those trips into long visits with family or friends? Or do you usually have to hustle back to Nashville?
A little known fact about me is that I’m not actually from Columbia! I lived there for seven years after college, and got my start musically there, so most folks think I’m from there. But I grew up in Dothan, Ala., and don’t have any family in the Columbia area. We do have friends there though, and we try to fit in visits when we can. But of course coming to the show to see me is a great idea.
Have you been to the new Music Farm Columbia, which opened late last year?
I haven’t been there yet. I’m excited to experience it! And I hope it gets established there and gets support and becomes a premier destination for live music in the area. That would be great.
If you go: Patrick Davis, with Hannah Miller, Saturday, March 8, at Music Farm Columbia, 1022 Senate St.; doors open at 8 p.m.; show starts at 9 p.m. $15 in advance; $20 at the door. www.musicfarm.com.