Wisconsin’s Own Space Cowboy

July 11, 2013 Erik Ernst Leave a Comment

Watch Austin City Limits: Steve Miller Band and Preservation Hall Jazz Band at midnight Friday, July 12, 2013 on Wisconsin Public Television.

Whether you are one of the people who call him a Space Cowboy or you’re in the camp that calls him a Gangster of Love, there is one thing folks in Wisconsin can agree about on Steve Miller – he’s one of our state’s finest rock ‘n’ roll icons. Born in Milwaukee, raised under the early tutelage of Les Paul and an alumnus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Miller has become an international superstar on the back of his big hits like “The Joker,” “Abracadabra” and “Space Cowboy.” A student of jazz instrumentation and melodies from his earliest days, Miller and his band have long been celebrated for their experimental style both on record and in concerts across the globe. But the one stage they had never performed was Austin City Limits – until now. Tune in Friday night to catch 30 minutes of Steve Miller Band magic paired with a set from New Orleans’ legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

Here’s a performance of “Jet Airliner” from the show to pique your interest. Then, dive way back to watch this very cool find – an archival 1970s performance of “Fly Like An Eagle” from Burt Sugarman’s The Midnight Special TV show.

Watch Steve Miller Band “Jet Airliner” on PBS. See more from Austin City Limits.

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