By Shelley Koppel
The group is called The Clayton Miller Band, but Clayton Miller is just as happy to talk about his younger brothers, Cole and L.D., who were finalists on the television program, "America's Got Talent."
"We've gotten great exposure from that," he says. "It's opened up a lot of doors. It helped the band out a lot to have 20 million people hear about you."
In case you missed the television show, the Miller brothers and their dad, Larry, will bring their rock and blues sound to the Lyric Theatre on Aug. 4.
In a telephone interview from their home in Lafayette, Indiana, Clayton Miller spoke about the band, working with family and the upcoming birth of his second child.
The band, which has Clayton, 25, on guitar and vocals; Cole, 22, on drums and lead vocals; L.D., 13, on harmonica; and dad, Larry, who's "older," on bass, used to be called The Clayton Miller Blues Band, but although they have dropped "blues" from their name, it's never far from their music.
"We're rooted in the blues," Mr. Miller says.
"We also play a little more aggressive rock. My dad raised us around the blues and we got into Stevie Ray Vaughan. We listen to all types of music, but we're a bit more rocking."
The band started when the kids began jamming together. L.D. picked up the harmonica in a few weeks and his brother says he's "freaking awesome."
When they started playing around Lafayette they needed a name and because Clayton was known as a guitar player in the area, they called it "The Clayton Miller Blues Band.
"I'm not the main one," he says. "We're all family doing our thing. It's just a name."
Mom Tammy, while not in the band, is the publicist, manager and authority figure.
"She makes sure things happen," Mr. Miller says.
The Lyric show will be an acoustic and electric show in even parts.
"We normally play an electric show loud and break down and do an acoustic set," Mr. Miller says.
"We put a lot of feeling into everything we do. We rock it out, but it's always blues-rooted."
In the past year, the band has done 243 shows in 43 states and released a new CD, "One Lane Ahead," but Mr. Miller is glad to be at home right now because his second child is due any day. He already has a three-year-old son.
"I'm working on my own Clayton Miller Band," he says.
The Clayton Miller Band appears at the Lyric Theatre, 59 S.W. Flagler Ave., Stuart, for a 7 p.m. show on August 4. Tickets are $32 and $28. Call the box office at (772) 286-7827 or order online at www.lyrictheatre.com.