Steve Miller Band 

When: Wed., Feb. 13, 8 p.m. 2013

What: A lack of radio reception during a family roadtrip into the Blue Ridge Mountains had us rocking our only tape, Steve Miller Band’s Greatest Hits 1974-78, on repeat. Those songs are forever embedded in my grey matter as a result. Interestingly enough, that particular comp is the highest-selling (13x platinum) album of SMB’s career, exceeding sales of all LPs that preceded it and ranked 37th overall on the RIAA’s list of best selling albums. Many of these tracks have gotten frequent enough play on classic radio stations (“The Joker,” “Jet Airliner,” “Take the Money and Run”) and in USPS commercials (“Fly Like an Eagle”) that I never ever, want to hear them again while others (like the psychedelic hippie sway of “Wild Mountain Honey” and harmonica-laced drama of “Winter Time”) still hold a soft spot in my heart and likely influenced my taste today. Miller still keeps relevant with new material (the most recent SMB album was 2011’s Let Your Hair Down), but this concert will likely stick to the hits.

— Leilani Polk

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