Miner is a Los Angeles/Silverlake folk-rock group formed in late 2012 from the creative nervous breakdown of songwriter Justin Miner, which led him to take an extended break from the music world. He subsequently left Los Angeles to travel the jungles of Central and South America and the redwoods of California's central coast. He returned home rejuvenated and built a small studio in his bedroom with one microphone where he started demoing a few songs without any expectation of starting a new project. However, as the songs fleshed themselves out over the next few months, Justin recruited his family members (wife Kate Miner, brother Jeremy Miner) to sing and stomp, and Miner was born. A successful Kickstarter campaign raised the funds necessary to mix and master the project, and when the recording was finished, Justin uploaded first single "Hey Love" to Soundcloud. Within a few days, it unexpectedly reached #2 on the Hype Machine single charts, and the phone calls and emails started pouring in. Justin quickly gathered some friends and put together the current live lineup, which includes Justin Miner (vox, guitar), his wife Kate Miner (vox, mandolin, ukulele, harmonica), his brother Jeremy Miner (banjo, lead guitar), his cousin Amanda Koosed (keys), and longtime friends Justin Krook (bass) and Dave Schechtman (drums & percussion).
Miner lands in a unique place within the recent indie-folk revival while still further blurring the genre lines between singer-songwriter, folk, and rock. They self-released a six-song EP called "Hey Love" in September, currently only available at shows. They are now in the process of finishing a debut full-length album and continue to perform live.