Fairhope, Ala. native John Milham began playing drums in high school. The experience was integral as he was introduced to jazz and symphonic music after previous love affairs with the standard fare of R & B, country and rock. This learning curve included a summer spent at the Loyola jazz camp where he studied with New Orleans drumming legend Johnny Vidocovich.
Following high school, Milham spent seven years on the road with regional favorites Haere Marue, a staple of the southeastern jam band circuit during the 1990s. After the combo parted ways, he enrolled at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and studied under greats such as Bob Moses, Kenwood Dennard, John Ramsey and Jamey Haddad.
“Milham's drumming is expressive, tight and fun.”
Trey Andrews - It Came From The Porch
After his matriculation, Milham returned to Mobile, Ala. and began playing and touring with funk/fusion band Kung Fu Mama. That led to a one year and a few West Coast tours trumpeterCarlos Washington and the Amazing Giant People Ensemble. He followed that up by forming
the jazz trio Vibration Configuration and joined funk/fusion project Zombo Combo led by Keyboardist ChrisSpies. Milham crossed paths with Americana roots singer/songwriter Grayson Capps in 2000 and joined Capps’ backing band The Stumpknockers in 2003. He has recorded on four albums with Capps and played to packed houses in various international venues.
“John Milham’s drums swing or rock as required and Capps’ vocals just so warm and easy, cracking in all the right places.”
Jim Driscoll - Band Weblogs
The drummer passes on his love for music to future generations by teaching a kids percussion camp each summer. His appeal is evident as Milham was voted Mobile's Best Drummer by readers of the Mobile independent newspaper Lagniappe for 2008, 2009 and 2011 and was runner up in 2010. John also earned his RYT 200 after taking an 8 month Yoga Teacher Training Course and spends his time off the road teaching Yoga at Yoga Central in Downtown Laurel Mississippi.
“He has a wonderful flare that accents each song.”
Kyle M. Palarino - Blueswax
Milham has also earned a couple of screen credits, appearing in Sony Pictures 2011 film “Strawdogs” and will appear in the upcoming release “Limo Ride” which has been submitted for inclusion in the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
He is the producer and creative force for an annual Mobile Christmas tradition, a live performance of Vince Guaraldi’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” The jazzy classic is accompanied by opening acts from around the nation.
He continues to tour/record and you can find him playing with GraysonCapps', The Chris Spies Trio, Molly Thomas and The Rare Birds,Eric Erdman,Rebecca Roubion,Lisa Mills and heads a project called "Soul Shakedown. Also on tap for 2015, Milham plans on producing and releasing an album of original material.