travel-worn sound, giving it a roots rock,
- Aaron Carnes (Good Times Santa Cruz)
"The open road was the classroom where
he sourced a wealth of experience that transcended
into unforgettable stories that have lined
his pockets with songs."
- Adam Joseph (Monterey Weekly)
you feel the need to pack your things and
go, even if you’re not sure where it is exactly
that you’re going. Tough decisions like that
can often turn out to be the best ones made.
That’s how Dave Miller became known as Nomad.
When he decided to trust his cape and take
that leap, it turned into a love affair with
the open road that lasted for seven years.
Zig-zagging back and forth across America
and playing music along the way is when he
began performing under the name Nomad.
been born Amish in Central Illinois and growing
up as Mennonite in Northern Indiana, Nomad
has some very unique roots that have helped
nourish his growth into the person he is today.
As a songwriter, his songs are filled with
thought-provoking stories and troubadour wisdom that
he experienced and learned throughout his
travels on the road and in his journey through
has been performing solo-acoustically in various
states and locations for over 25 years. In
1996, he released his first solo album, which
was titled, "Full Circle”. Being recorded
in true DIY style on a small 4-track recorder
that he traveled with, it was only released
on cassette and featured guitar and vocals.
In 2001, he released another solo album, titled
“Trails To Hear And Now”. That album featured
a full band sound, on which Nomad played all
of the instruments.
2007, Nomad formed a full band called Drifting
Compass in Santa Cruz, CA. Based around
his original songs, the band has been performing
their Alternative-Rock and Grungy-Americana
music throughout the San Francisco and Monterey
Bay areas ever since then. Drifting Compass
released an album in 2015, titled “Grains
Of Sand”, and another album in 2016, titled
“Grit”. Both albums feature more of Nomad’s
great travel-worn songwriting.
“Nomad” Miller has called the Santa Cruz,
CA area his home for quite some time now and
continues to perform regularly, doing engaging
solo-acoustic performances as Nomad and high-energy
full band performances with Drifting Compass.
The performances of both acts feature his
original songs as well as interpretations
of a variety of cover songs from across the
genre map, mixing it up and turning it all
into the sound of Rock & Roll, Americana,
and even some Alt-Country.