The Miltons are an American swing ensemble based in Nashville, Tennessee. Their repertoire draws heavily from the height of the Jazz era, when Louis Armstrong and Django Rheinhardt were changing the musical landscape and from the Western Swing developed by Texans Bob Wills and Milton Brown, the underappreciated “Father of Western Swing,” from whom the band takes its name. The Miltons feature tunes from a myriad of American sub-genres – hot jazz, minstrel songs, country breakdowns, blues, and pure pop standards, all approached from a string band’s perspective – a grand Southern tradition in itself.
The Miltons are:
Davis Raines – Vocals, guitar
Norm Stannard – Bass, vocals
Ward Stout – Fiddle and violin
Ben Blankenship – electric guitar, vocals
Mark MacKenzie – steel guitar, vocals