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 trumpeter
Carlos 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 Chris
Spies. 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.
Milham has also toured and played with Bo Diddley, Lisa Mills,Papa Mali, Nick Branch,Lee Yankee, Albert
Simpson and guitarist Ken Hatfield in addition to other regional and local talents.
“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 and play with Capps’ current backing band The Lost Cause
Minstrels and The Chris Spies Trio led by Keyboardist Chris Spies. Milham also leads a side project named
SoulShakedown, plays with Molly Thomas and The Rare Birds and Willie SugarCapps. Also on tap for
2014, Milham plans on producing and releasing an album of original material.