There aren’t a lot of country musicians coming out of his corner of the world, but defying borders as much as he does aesthetical boundaries, Miner gives us the kind of Americana-inspired performance in this record that a lot of stateside musicians have failed to produce in recent years.
He has my respect, and once you take a peek at this LP, I think he’s going to have yours as well.
Sebastian Cole, Gashouse Radio
A country twang, a raspy voice and a slew of solid music beds, this country outlaw is one of the best Austrian experts since the beloved Falco rocked us with “Rock Me Amadeus”.
Anne Hollister, Indie Source
In his debut album, titled Smile When You’re Wasted, Vienna-based country singer Marc Miner has one goal above all else – rebelling against the mainstream model in his genre as it’s been shaped by the Nashville establishment – and from where I sit, he couldn’t have done a much better job of hitting the mark here.
Jodi Marxbury, Daily Pop News
As a listener it’s easy to take some of the lyrics in gest, but at the end of the day, the depth in his words and his genuine artistry make Miner one of the most exciting artists in the indie scene today.
Overall, Smile While You’re Wasted should truly be on everyone’s top 2020 list. It’s an amazing collection of songs that challenge the country music status quo. Fans of Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard – the greats – will want to add these songs to their Spotify playlists. Better yet, get the album.
Levi Colston, Celebrity Zones
I believe Miner is going to find a home in the mainstream element before a lot of his indie contemporaries do.
I’ll be following his progress, and anyone who wants to get into the next wave of country should absolutely do the same.
Troy Johnston, Official FAME Magazine
It’s a five-star conclusion for this release and positions Marc Miner to pursue many different directions going forward from here.
I expect him, whatever trajectory he follows, to burn bright for years to come and I’ll be listening the entire time.
You should hear this album today.
Mindy McCall, IndiePulse Music
“Warm Welcome” has Miner coming out of his corner swinging. This is a headhunter track, a song looking to connect with a knockout punch, and the lead guitar playing takes no prisoners.
It is clear after an initial listen that no other song listed on this album could have worked as well in the opening slot; the music and vocals alike set a high bar for everything following it thanks to their passion and skill.
Garth Thomas, Hollywood Digest
The first full-length studio album from Vienna’s Marc Miner, Smile When You’re Wasted is an outlaw country fan’s autumn dream, and while it’s coming from an artist based well outside of the normal hunting grounds for this genre, it’s surprisingly one of the strongest debuts I’ve heard from an indie player in quite some time.
John McCall, Too Much Love Magazine
Smile When You’re Wasted might not be what many traditional country fans would be expecting to hear this season, but if you ask me, it’s exactly what the indie side of the genre needed to stay vital in this particularly strange year for music.
Emily Knudsen, Daily Dose Report
Transfixed by his growly voice and penchant for catchy, country tunes, Miner’s magnificent turn in Smile While You’re Wasted is epic on many levels.
For one thing, he’s not Nashville based, and another thing is that the guy is a clever wordsmith. A third thing – these songs are really, really good. I can’t stress that enough. Miner’s role is just revealing itself. These ‘outlaw country’ songs are bingeworthy.
Samuel Pratt, Entertainment Eyes
Smile When You’re Wasted has the framework of an outlaw country record but the cosmetic polish of an indie pop/rock affair, and when married together, these two factors produce something that is uniquely Miner’s and Miner’s alone. His sound is in its infancy, but with his skillset, he has nowhere to go but up.
Bethany Page, Vents Magazine
From the moment we press play and get introduced to the sizzle of “Warm Welcome” firsthand, through the introspective stampede that takes us into “Whiskey & Weed” and finally wrapping things up in “Last Words,” Marc Miner gives us some of the best country songcraft I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing in the year 2020 from any artist in or outside of the United States.
Gwen Waggoner, Skope Mag
Marc Miner’s album “Smile When You’re Wasted” is a collection of songs about pick-up trucks, neon lights, empty bottles, troubled minds, tough guys and sexy girls. You definitely will love this record if you’re a fan of some the newer americana and country-rock stars like Hellbound Glory, Sturgill Simpson, Blackberry Smoke, Cody Jinks or Alex Williams.
The album release of “Smile When You’re Wasted” by Marc Miner is sure to be a hit. It comes at a time when there are other sounds out there like Hellbound Glory, Sturgill Simpson, Blackberry Smoke, Chris Stapleton, Cody Jinks, and Tyler Childers.
I’m really as cheap as I look like so don’t hesitate and contact me or my friends
from my booking agencies to talk about the details.
I also love to play house concerts.
If you are a professional booking agent or an ambitious freshman outside of the GSA countries and you want to make sure that I play some ass-kickin’ shows in your country, feel free to contact Between Music too. They do a lot for me but they aren’t almighty and some help at booking shows all around the world is well appreciated.
When you think of alternative-outlaw-country-rock and Americana music you probably think of USA, maybe Canada. So, Marc Miner is the European outpost. While Nashville is considered the “city of music” in the USA, Marc settled down in the European version of it: Vienna, Austria! As if that weren’t enough Marc is also an international breed: His father from USA met Marc’s mother from Germany in Poland. That’s also where Marc was born, before the family had to leave the country. They moved to Vienna, where Marc grew up and where he started his first bands ranging from rock n roll, rock to even punk and grunge – which at that time was the “teenage sound of revolution”.
By the age of 16 the rebelling Marc Miner decided to leave home. He traveled through Europe, got a job on board of a container ship and arrived in the USA in 2000. Impressed by the life-style of the South, the prairie, the Appalachian and Rocky Mountains and the melodies he heard there he decided to stay.
Unfortunately, life ain’t a free-ride so beside his music jobs he also started to gamble, which finally got him to jail. Marc was accused of illegal gambling, forging and other “trivial offenses” as he calls it. With some help from his father’s influential friends the US authorities finally amnesty Marc, but he had to leave this wonderful country.
Back in Europe he finally settled down in Vienna. Here he does what he can do best: playing music in the good old tradition of americana music, country-rock and outlaw country but with an modern attitude like Hellbound Glory, Sturgill Simpson, Cody Jinks, Blackberry Smoke or Alex Williams. So, from time to time Marc Miner steps in front of bigger and smaller crowds or is producing records with songs for the outcasts, misfits, losers and broken-hearted.
Marc Miner – Border Town Bar
Here’s my southern-rock stomper. It’s all about my life on the road with the best band buddies on this world! Give a big hand to:
Martin L.A. Dickinson on drums!
Marcus McMill on bass!
Mike Eggard on guitar!
One day we’ll write a song about touring big stadiums. For now we enjoy every single show in every dive bar cause that’s where you meet the best folks! Please share it and of course once again a big THANK YOU to the best video producer on this planet: Stefan Wasner! Also to his lovely assistant Julia Hulle! And last but not least to the cast: Mario, Carina, Eileen and Mark! You guys rock!
Marc Miner – Warm Welcome
Here’s my red-dirt-country-rock smasher. To make a long story short – it kind of sums up my life on the road. You know – me and my band buddies go into a new town, meet people, have fun, go out and lose them. Years later you walk in again and you feel like home and while you party and laugh with all those lovely people you already know you’ll be gone the next day. That’s how being a no-name musician looks like, but we love it that way! I hope you enjoy it. Feel free to share it with your friends! BTW the video was shot by the best video producer on this planet, Stefan Wasner, again! You rock, man!
Marc Miner – Easy Street
Here’s my funny little quarantine song, I recorded with my band during the Corona pandemic. I started to write the song during the financial crisis in 2008. I liked the line ‘Now, that the whole world is shut down’, but never finished it. Now, with the health crisis of 2020 that line seemed even more appropriate. We not only recorded the song all alone in our basements and bedrooms but also shot the video separately at home. It’s the best we could do on our own and I hope our awkward performance puts a smile on your face. Watch, enjoy, feel free to share, live on easy street and stay healthy!
Marc Miner – Whiskey & Weed
This is my first release with my new band buddies and we think it’s one hell of a good outlaw country honky tonk smasher about love, drugs, parties and the evil spirits that come with it when you over-do that kind of stuff. I had a few highs and one hell of lows in my life. “Whiskey & Weed” had always some kind of impact on the up- and downsides in my life, so I guess it was time to put it in a song. Many thanks to my band: Martin L. A. Dickinson, Marcus McMill and Mike Eggard! And also cheers to the on and only Stefan Wasner for the video. You guys rock!
Marc Miner & Agnès Milewski – Sleepy Sunshine
This is a little lullaby folk waltz I wrote for my baby girl just a few days after she was born. I’m extremely thankful that Agnès Milewski joined me on this performance. I hope you enjoy it! Thanks to inflame Vienna for this great video!
David Graf feat. Marc Miner – Hold My Drink
Here’s a lyrics-video of a song I did with newcomer producer David Graf. It’s a great mix of dance-pop with some country acoustic edge, written and produced by David himself. On sax you can hear the great Oleh Ohnivchuk. Also visti mblue.at who did a great job on the lyrics-video!
BamO feat. Marc Miner – You Make Me Wanna Lie
This is my first feature-single from 2014. I recorded it with the comedy act BamO. Yeah, it IS quite trashy but that fits to the idea of the project and the new music genre we created: Nu-Folk-Trash-EDM! And hey… it was on the Austrian charts, so I guess we did something right! Enjoy!
Marc Miner – Willin‘
Here’s my version of a great country-rock song originally performed by Little Feat and written by their frontman Lowell George. It has this wonderful outlaw feeling, I really dig! And it’s so much fun to sing-a-long when you’re on a road trip, even when you’re not a bad-ass trucker! 😉
Marc Miner – Six Days On The Road
My version of a classic country/blues song. I heard the song the first time by Taj Mahal when I was a kid and discovered many other versions since then. The one I like best is the Sawyer Brown version from 1997, so I decided to take their arrangement of the song but used some lyric variations from other versions to get that nasty outlaw feeling back again. The song was originally written by Earl Green and Carl Montgomery and was released by Dave Dudley in 1963. Enjoy!
Marc Miner – Let It Be Me
This is my version of one of my favorite Everly Brothers love songs from 1960, which actually is a cover itself. Originally the song’s called “Je t’appartiens” performed by French singer Gilbert Bécaud and was written by the performer (music) and Pierre Delanoë (lyrics) back in 1955. The English lyrics were written by Mann Curtis and first performed by Jill Corey in 1957. Hope you enjoy it!
Marc Miner – Broke Down
This is my home studio version of a Slaid Cleaves’ song I really love. It’s the first time I made such a video all by myself: sound, cam, cutting and editing. It was a lot of work and a lot of fun. I sure have to work on my video and production skills, but hey – it turned out pretty good for a first time, right?! And the song is so beautiful, it masks the poor production. Check out more of Slaid Cleaves on the internet! His a real talent! Just do it!
So, you love music? Great! I love it too! Let’s join our creative forces and write together! I don’t care if you are a professional songwriter or a newcomer, an amateur who’s wirting just for fun or if you just want to impress your partner of mum with a lovely song. Hell, yeah, even if you want to write a song for your boss, telling him his a dick is fine for me. Let’s do it! Let’s write together – worldwide! We can have face-to-face sessions, WhatsApp sessions, even e-mailing some ideas is fine for me. Whatever is cool for you! I’ve already written hundreds of songs in many genres ranging from punk, pop, rock, country to folk and EDM. I’m open-minded and excited to try new genres. So don’t hesitate!
Alright, you’re interested in my recordings, huh? Great, here you can find all my official releases. To read through the lyrics and liner notes just click on the artwork. To get your own copy simply check your favorite download-shop.
All the albums I’ve ever released! Enjoy!
All the singles I’ve ever released! Enjoy!
Marc Miner – “Border Town Bar” (single)
Marc Miner – “Warm Welcome” (single)
Marc Miner – “Easy Street” (single)
Marc Miner – “Whiskey & Weed” (single)
Marc Miner – “I Don’t Dance” (single)
Marc Miner & Agnes Milewski – “Sleepy Sunshine” (single)
Here you can find all the releases that I joined as a featuring artist or guest singer or musician – lot of different styles and genres. Enjoy!
David Graf feat. Marc Miner – “Hold My Drink” (single)
BamO feat. Marc Miner – “You Make Me Wanna Lie” (single)
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