Tor Miller Returns to Mercury Lounge to Play the Late Show Tonight

March 4th, 2016

Thanks to his parents, native New Yorker Tor Miller grew up with a keen appreciation for classic rock, like David Bowie, Elton John and Fleetwood Mac. And after taking up the piano as a kid, Miller (above, performing his new single, “Carter and Cash” for Mahogany Sessions) began singing and writing original material. Eventually he headed to NYU to study music. But Miller spent so much time working on songs in his dorm’s basement and performing at local clubs that he eventually ended up leaving school. The upside was that thanks to the buzz he’d generated, the smooth-voiced singer-songwriter signed with Glassnote Records. His debut EP, the terrific four-track Headlights (stream it below), came out a little more than a year ago. And in heaping him with praise, the Guardian said, “There’s a real take-me-to-church quality to his tone.” Of course, you can find out for yourself because, after time overseas, Miller comes home to kick off a new tour on tonight at Mercury Lounge. Brooklyn singer-songwriter Sean McVerry opens the show.