The Kennedy Center

Blake Mills


Since quietly making his debut album, Break Mirrors, which critics hailed as one of the best albums of 2010, BLAKE MILLS has been consistently busy. In 2015, he produced the highly acclaimed sophomore album Sound & Color for ALABAMA SHAKES, which reached #1 on Billboard charts and was nominated for six Grammy’s, winning Best Alternative Album, Best Engineered Album, Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song. Most recently he produced the albums No Shape for PERFUME GENIUS, Darkness and Light for JOHN LEGEND, We’re All Going To Die for DAWES and Semper Femina for LAURA MARLING. Additionally, he has produced music for an eclectic group of artists, including ZZ Top’s BILLY GIBBONS, SARA WATKINS, CONOR OBERST, MOSES SUMNEY, JESCA HOOP, SKY FERREIRA, and FIONA APPLE, with whom he toured extensively in 2013 and 2014.

Mills composed original music for DAVID O’RUSSELL’S Academy Award nominated film Joy. As a session player and sideman he has worked with BECK, CASS MCCOMBS, JACKSON BROWN, LUCINDA WILLIAMS, BAND OF HORSES, FRANK OCEAN and NEIL DIAMOND, among others. RICK RUBIN and T BONE BURNETT frequently call upon his services as a guitarist, and equally enamored is ERIC CLAPTON who told Rolling Stone magazine “Blake Mills is the last guitarist I heard that I thought was phenomenal.”