Jesse Milnes and Emily Miller

Jesse Milnes and Emily Miller


Jesse Milnes and Emily Miller perform country and old-time music, singing close harmony with Jesse’s unique finger-picked guitar style and a healthy dose of old-time fiddling.  Emily was raised playing and singing Louvin Brothers and Stanley Brothers songs with her parents while they traveled the world as news editors. She is now a lead singer and twin fiddler in the country band, the Sweetback Sisters, as well as musical director of the Davis & Elkins College Appalachian Ensemble. Jesse grew up in the world of West Virginia old-time music, learning from masters like Melvin Wine and Ernie Carpenter as well as his father, Gerry Milnes. He regularly plays for square dances around West Virginia when he isn’t on the road playing as a duo with Emily. Jesse and Emily live in central West Virginia.

In addition to their duo performing, Emily tours extensively with The Sweetback Sisters (a 6-piece country band fronted by Emily and her pseudo-sister Zara Bode), they both play for square dances around West Virginia, and also frequently teach harmony singing with Emily’s mother Val Mindel.


Jesse wins FIRST PLACE in the West Virginia Open Fiddle & Banjo Contest! Augusta Heritage Center. And what a field: Andy Fitzgibbon took second prize, Graham DeZarn took third, and Gerry Milnes won the Senior Division! Some serious competition!

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