About Miles Penhall

Born in Bonham, Texas, and educated in Sherman and Plano, Miles picked up the guitar at age 8 at his family’s music store. Preferring the electric over the acoustic, he took lessons from some of the guitar teachers there. His first public performance was for a talent show at Memorial Elementary School in Plano; he played Jimi Hendrix’s version of The Star Spangled Banner. Taking time off from touring elementary schools in the wake of that performance, he took more lessons and perfected his craft, then went on to play in Collin County College's jazz ensembles and the lab band. While his main instrument is his guitar, he also plays pedal steel, piano, bass, and sings pretty darn well, too. Miles first professional gig was October 20, 2001 at Love and War in Texas in Plano.

He has since performed as a sideman with recording artists including Sara Hamilton, Jerry Audley, Brent Frailicks, Boomer Castleman, High Standard, Class Act, Toney Walsh, Jerrod Medulla, Robbie White, Tom McElvain, Randy Allen, Rayla Ray, Barefoot Moses, and Fritz Schultz.

You may have seen Miles playing at the finer live music venues such as House of Blues (Dallas), Luckenbach Texas, The Granada Theater, Sons of Hermann Hall, City Tavern, Love and War in Texas (Grapevine and Plano locations), Coach Joe Avezzano's Hat Tricks Saloon (Lewisville), The Kessler Theater, Loose Wheels Texas (technically it’s kind of its own city, but it’s within the boundaries of Denison, Texas), Last Chance Saloon (Plano), The Allgood Café, Main Street Liquid Company, Opening Bell Coffee, Lambert’s BBQ (Austin), Adair’s Saloon, LaGrange, The White Elephant Saloon (Ft. Worth), Taylor Grocery (Oxford, Mississippi), Bill Bates’ Cowboy Ranch (Celina), Thunderbird Inn (Colorado), Cold Beer New Mexico, Choctaw Casino (Durant, Oklahoma), Tanglewood Resort (at Lake Texoma, Texas), Lola’s 6th and Lola’s Saloon (Ft. Worth), The Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe (Galveston), Sambuca 360 (Frisco), Shooter’s (Gainesville, Texas), Comanche Casino (Lawton, Oklahoma), and has toured most of the southern and southwestern U.S., playing at any honky-tonk that’ll let ‘em in.

He logged studio time on Kevin Deal’s newest album, “Seven,” recorded at The Zone in Dripping Springs, Texas, with producer Lloyd Maines and engineer/drummer Pat Manske. His face-melting guitar was recorded on Shiner Records release of Grant Jones & The Pistol Grip Lassos self-titled album. He also recorded, co-produced, and had engineering credits on the album “Far Away There’s A Mountain” by Grant Jones and the Pistol Grip Lassos at Audio Imagery Studios in Dallas with Aaron Hatch (engineer), courtesy of Josh Florence (Round One Records). He played guitar on Fred Lee Spears’ first solo album “Every One’s a Peach!” at Gourmet Audio in Plano with Bob Penhall and himself recording, engineering and producing. His most recent studio venture is with Greg Schroder on his upcoming album, engineered by Christopher Carmichael, also courtesy of Josh Florence (Round One Records). He is also currently working on a solo album "Shelter," at Gourmet Audio.

Miles Penhall has performed on stage at several noteworthy festivals such as Texas Music Revolution at Southfork Ranch, Kevin Deal’s North Texas Music Fest & Tent Revival, Tommy Alverson’s Family Gathering, Larry Joe Taylor’s Texas Music Festival, Homegrown Music & Art Fest (Dallas), Deep Ellum Arts Fest, Luckenbach Hat Festival, Michael Hearne’s Big Barn Dance Music Festival (in Taos, New Mexico), and other less noteworthy unmentionable events, private parties and backyard hootenannies.

Miles and his bandmates have opened for Billy Joe Shaver, Max Stalling, Walt Wilkins, Neal McCoy, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Rusty Wier, Gary Nicholson, Leon Russell, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Gary P. Nunn, Wayne “The Train” Hancock, Lloyd Maines & Terri Hendrix, Jesse Dayton, Jason Boland & The Stragglers, Reckless Kelly, The Randy Rogers Band, Django Walker, Cooder Graw, Tommy Alverson, Hayes Carll, Deryl Dodd, Eleven Hundred Springs, Bart Crow, Michael Hearne, Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis, Phil Pritchett, Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights, Larry Joe Taylor, Chris Knight, Leroy Parnell, Rhett Miller (The Old 97’s), Stoney LaRue, Zane Williams, Band of Heathens, The King Bucks, The Boys Named Sue, The O’s, Somebody’s Darling, Brandon Jenkins, Sam Sliva and The Good, Gary Kyle, Ryan Thomas Becker (RTB2), Greg Schroeder, The Naptime Shake, The Beaten Sea, Tim Miller, and Robert Gomez.

Miles’ sources of inspiration and influences include Eric Clapton, Leon Russell, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Gary Nicholson, Gram Parsons, The Byrds, Lloyd Maines, The Drive-By Truckers, Walt Wilkins, Fountains of Wayne, Lucero, The Band, Levon Helm, Robbie Robertson, Bob Dylan, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Delbert McClinton, Ray Charles, Quincy Jones, Brent Mason, Redd Volkaert, Willie Nelson, BB King, Fred Lee Spears, Ricky Skaggs, New Grass Revival, Bela Fleck, Johnny Lang, The Black Crowes, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Flaming Lips, Grandaddy, Joe Walsh, The Eagles, Don Henley, Brian Wilson, and Jimi Hendrix.