Jeff Miller is manager of the Brandon Miller Band. He talks about the band’s Thursday performance at the Trouser Mouse in Blue Springs.

Jeff Miller is manager of the Brandon Miller Band. He talks about the band’s Thursday performance at the Trouser Mouse in Blue Springs.

1 Can you tell us about your band? The Brandon Miller Band is a blues-rock power trio. We’ve been playing together since early January. Some of our influences consist of Joe Bonamassa, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Cream, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix and ZZ Top.

2 You’re performing at the Trouser Mouse in Blue Springs this week. When is the show and what can people expect? The show is Thursday from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. People can expect more of a blues-rock atmosphere. We’ve taken some classic blues songs and made them our own. People could definitely tell an influence from other trios. The music is heavy, guitar-riff oriented with outstanding musicianship. There will also be a set dedicated to the music of Stevie Ray Vaughan, with the anniversary of his death on August 27th.

3 Is it difficult keeping a band together in this day and age? What unique challenges do you face as a band? I believe it is difficult to keep a band together because people have to express their own ideas and musical interests and sometimes can’t find the right people to do that.  

4 One of the band members started playing guitar young. Can you tell us more about him and all the members? Brandon Miller began playing guitar at the young age of 7, then began playing live around KC when he was 12. He has played around town with bands consisting of Static 210, The ReHabanero’s, Almost KISS and Stairway to Zeppelin. Brandon Dremann plays bass and is currently attending KU for jazz studies. Jeff Daniels began playing drums throughout school. He was in the school band, which brought him to KU where he played in several Symphonic Groups.

5 How would you describe the music scene in Blue Springs – and the KC area in general? The music scene is KC is very challenging because so many people are trying to do it. With music on almost every corner, people can see any band whenever they want and it is tough to get a following when people don’t want to travel far to see live music.