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"Truck, one of the most talented performers in the region who comes to you straight from the inner-most depths of his own soul. Acoustic blues guitar player extraordinaire."
Inside Blues Magazine

Truck Mills "The Day After Yesterday," 2009 Truck Mills may be the best boom-chucka-meister on acoustic slide that you've never heard. His alternating thumb drives a rhythm that must mimic the mood and metronomic pace of a southern Belle simmering in a rocking chair on an Antebellum porch. Mills' guitarwork is solid and confident... What really works for Mills are tunes like "The Tail of Lucy Lu" and "Can't Take it With You" -- authentic country blues.
-Alan Fark
Reviewer / minor7th.com

"Truck Mills, one the local guitar masters we have. Just amazing guitar work."
-Carl Speer
-President, Inland Empire Blues Society

Truck Mills is a very well honed fingerstyle guitarist, and his array of original compositions cover a lot of ground. However, the guy also plays baglama, cura saz, pedal steel, lap steel, charango, and he even imports a wah wah pedal ("Dorothy with the 800 Legs") for a perky grin or two. Though The Day after Yesterday is a showcase for his fretboard styling, he imports marimba and percussion on about half the tracks, courtesy Brian Hibbard and Marc Clarke respectively.

You'll find a number of echoes in here: John Fahey, Billy Joe Walker Jr., Sonny Landreth, etc., and I hear a decent dose of Kaleidoscope (Chris Darrow's old home) from time to time, but nothing that ever dominates over Mills' own steel-stringed voice. The recording is so crisp and clear that you can feel the slide's tremolo on strings reverberating in your own hands while listening (The Day after Yesterday). Da funk is also brung, in the aforementioned Dorothy, but so is poetic sonic narrative in ballads like The Tail of Lucy Lu with its high-register whispery fragility gently swaying to an afternoon breeze. Call of the Water brings in an oahu lap steel, and you ain't never heered the axe played this a-way, Jeeter, practically a theremin. That's switched for a 6-string pedal steel atop entrancing drum lines by Clarke in Camallero, alongside a charango cavorting in a threepenny vamp.

There's a lot of atmosphere in Yesterday, mostly balmy and airy, shimmering with lazy good-naturedness, but cuts like Camallero get a great deal more twisty and complicated than at first seems, boasting a long intelligent lead line artfully lacing itself time and again with plenty of room (7:21) to develop and deepen. In that song, traces of Egberto Gismonti, not to mention Sergio Leone (especially in the refrains), can be found. In all, however, the distinct tang and sunbake of Americana is quite evident, over and above the multitudinous influences our native sound evolved through, including the Spanish musk of Mustaloosa by way of Ralph McTell's London.

Mark S. Tucker
The Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange, Acousticmusic.com

“Soul - Stirring."
-Blues Notes
Cascade Blues Association

I aired "Can't Take it with You" and "The Day after Yesterday" from the Day After Yesterday on Soundspace this evening (Sunday, July 2010). They both worked well with my show. That is an excellent CD.

-Norvel Trosst
Pr oducer / Host: Soundspace, KPBX Spokane Public Radio

This is a warm, slide guitar album from depths of Idaho. Truck Mills is joined by Marc Clarke on drums and Brian Hibbard on marimba. The title track is my favorite for the simplicity and guitar quality. In ‘Carmelita Del Barco’ the marimba joins the relaxed Latin beat. ‘Dorothy with the 800 Legs’ is quite wanky with guitar effects and shows off Truck’s ability to deliver a full sound with just drums for accompaniment. Truck adds his expertise on the balama saz, an instrument shared by cultures of the Eastern Mediterranean. ‘The Tail of Lucy Lu’ brings us back to alternating bass of Americana and slide. ‘Rusticus Maximus’ very subtle with sparse Latin beat and guitar lead in the higher register with the wood block rhythm is delightful. With ever more versatility Truck delivers ‘Can’t Take it With You’ in ragtime solo guitar. ‘Call of the Water’ is a brief but interesting sound (one long continuous phrase) like a saw player with the blues-he’s using the Oahu lap steel. ‘Stanley’s Stomp’ uses the six string pedal steel guitar and a march like beat, almost a deeper, jazzy inversion of the folk song ‘500 miles.’ All in all this instrument collection is worth having and will probably grow on you with several playings.
-J.W. McClure
Victory Review Magazine, victorymusic.org

“TRUCK makes every note count."
-Leon Atkinson, host of the "Guitar Hour" KPBX public radio

The Spokesman Review

"I listened to all of the music on a new CD by Truck Mills called Truck Mills: The Day after yesterday. This music CD features original instrumental music on guitar or exotic plucked instruments, with percussion and melodic percussion accompaniment. The music is unique and features elements of American folk, light rock, middle-Eastern rhythms and melodies. There's also a Spanish influence detectable on some of the music. It was very relaxing, listenable and enjoyable and I recommend it to any original music lover."
-Gary A. Edwards
Music Reviewer for New Music Connosieur Magazine and composer

"You can always count on a great show."
-Sandpoint Reader

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