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.