He met with Chet Atkins, who asked to hear him sing, loaning him a guitar since Miller did not own one.Out of nervousness, Miller played the guitar and sang a song in two different keys.His second single with the label, featuring the B-side "Jason Fleming," foreshadowed Miller's future style.
He began to run away and perform in Oklahoma and Texas.
Atkins advised him to come back later, when he had more experience.
Miller found work as a bellhop at Nashville's Andrew Jackson Hotel, and he was soon known as the "singing bellhop." He was finally hired by Minnie Pearl to play the fiddle in her band.
Miller died from lung cancer in 1992 and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame three years later.
His songs continued to be recorded by other singers, with covers of "Tall, Tall Trees" by Alan Jackson and "Husbands and Wives" by Brooks & Dunn; both reached the number one spot on country charts in the 1990s.