Old 97’s Rhett Miller w/New Solo LP


It’s a fine line you gotta walk indeed!



Blurt Staff



97’s front man Rhett Miller will release a collection of new songs on June 9th,
his fourth solo album and the first on Shout! Factory.  The self-titled
album is described as “an up-close and personal journey through Miller’s dark
heart and complicated mind – all set to the kind of rollicking tunes for which
he’s known… the darkest of Miller’s deep catalog of releases, and is a personal
triumph both lyrically and sonically.”



approach to songwriting has always been to take a heavy subject and put it to a
bouncy tune.  This record takes that trick to the next level.” Miller
says.  “Don’t get me wrong, there are some rays of sunshine on the album,
but there is a lot of deep night. The death of my grandmother, the suicide of
my hero, David Foster Wallace.  In my head, I was sort of in a dark place
when I made this record. [But] it’s still a fun record to listen
to.  It’s a fine line you gotta walk, right?”  



penned all the songs on the record with the exception of “If It’s Not Love,” which
was co-written with Matt Scannell.  Rhett Miller was produced by
Salim Nourallah, who also produced the latest critically acclaimed Old 97’s
release, 2008’s Blame It On Gravity.    The 12-song set
also features multi-instrumentalist and producer, Jon Brion on guitar and bass,
The Apples In Stereo’s John Dufilho on drums and Billy Harvey on guitar.  While the album was initially planned as a
stripped-down, acoustic record, with the help of his stellar backing band, it
quickly turned into one of huge sonic scope.



the album’s most rocking track, Miller says, “‘Happy Birthday Don’t Die” came
to me in a fevered rush the morning before I headed to Texas to make the
record.  The whole story was there in my head when I woke up.  This
weird sci-fi portrait of a little old lady buried in the catacombs of some colony
planet celebrating her one-hundredth birthday by dying.  Writing that song
was like speaking in tongues, very strange.”  Not all the songs on the
album are so far-flung, “Sometimes’ came out of hearing my two-year-old
daughter singing to herself in her crib one morning.  I took her little
tune and fleshed it out into first a chorus and then a whole song.” 



on the album, one finds the quirky details that are a hallmark of Miller’s
songwriting.  The “comedy club” in “I Need To Know Where I Stand” sounds suspiciously
similar to LA’s famed Café Largo where Miller has played regularly over the
years.  In the same song, we find “the Hamlet of Wallkill,” a town in the Hudson Valley
near where the song’s author resides.  But it’s the simple statements of
grand truths that set this album apart from Miller’s earlier work.  Take,
for instance, the following line from “Like Love.”  “We are all alone in
this world/from cradle to grave/and maybe after that.”  A bitter little
sentiment, but dropped into the middle of a fun, foot-stomper of a song, it’s a
testament to the years Rhett Miller has  spent honing his craft. 



maintaining his career with the Old 97’s, Austin-born Rhett Miller has also
released three previous solo albums, Mythologies, recorded during his
junior year in high school and produced by future Old 97’s co-founder, Murry
Hammond, in 1989, 2002’s The Instigator, and The Believer in
2006. While based in Dallas,
Miller and Hammond formed Old 97’s in 1993.  With their effortless
combination of rock, power-pop and country, the band quickly became one of the
most acclaimed and beloved bands to spring from the 90s indie rock scene. 
They have released seven studio albums to date.



as an explosive live act both solo and with the band, Miller and the Old 97’s
will be on tour throughout the summer and fall.  Many of these shows will
be billed as “An Evening With…,” and will feature an opening solo set by Miller
during which he will perform songs from the new album and favorites from his
solo catalog. 



Track Listing:



Nobody Says I Love You Anymore

Like Love


I Need to Know Where I Stand

Happy Birthday Don’t Die



If It’s Not Love

Another Girlfriend

Refusing Temptation





Tour Dates:



11th – New York,
NY Carnegie Hall (R.E.M. Tribute
Performance w/ Patti Smith, Glenn

        Hansard, Calexico and more.)

24th – Solana Beach,
CA Belly Up

26th – Los Angeles, CA

27th – Redondo Beach, CA Brixton
South Bay

28th – Santa Cruz,
CA Crepe Place

29th – San Francisco,
CA Yoshi’s

11th – Ithaca, NY Castaways

16th – New York,
NY Le Poisson Rouge

1st – Red Bank, NJ Count Basie Theatre – Writers in the Raw w/ 
David Johansen of the

  New York Dolls, Alec Ounsworth of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and others.

13th – Northampton,
MA Iron Horse

14th – Boston, MA The Paradise



Credit: Jason Janick]





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