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Daniel Dye and the Miller Road Band Live on Excursions

Daniel Dye and the Miller Road Band

  This week Daniel Dye and the Miller Road Band, a group from Mutual, Ohio, stopped by for a live performance and a chat with Niki Dakota. They’re the founders of the annual Madden Road Music Festival, which takes place Saturday, August 13, at the old Madden Farm in Mutual.

The Miller Road Band is a family affair. Lead singer Daniel Dye, who plays guitar and banjo, is joined by his nieces and nephews: Emily on violin and viola, Carrie on violin, and Thomas on cello. Today they were joined by Dye’s sister, Sarah, who plays a major role in organizing the festival.

The Madden Road Festival takes place August 13 from 2-10pm. Festivities include performances from local rock, bluegrass, and folk bands; workshops on fiddling, folk dancing, and banjo playing; and a mural painted by everyone who attends.

The band’s WYSO performance includes a musical ode to Ohio, and a discussion of the fascinating difference between straw and hay.