Miller is the front man and main songwriter of the hard-charging rock ‘n’ roll quartet the Old 97’s, as well as an accomplished solo artist. In addition to his nine studio albums with the 97’s (most recently The Grand Theatre Volume One and The Grand Theatre Vol. 2 in 2011), he has released seven solo albums; 1989’s Mythologies, 2002’s The Instigator, 2006’s The Believer, 2009’s Rhett Miller, 2011’s The Interpreter: Live at Largo, 2012’s The Dreamer, and 2015’s The Traveler. Miller has been playing in touring bands (most notably, The Old 97’s) for the better part of 20 years. This fact alone certainly qualifies him as someone allowed to title his latest solo album titled The Traveler. Although the album was written and performed by Miller he also had some help, by the members of Black Prairie, a band based in Portland that plays everything from bluegrass to klezmer to country and shares members with the Decemberists. The band (Black Prairie) entered the studio with the singer (Rhett Miller) and briskly recorded the songs that make up this album (The Traveler). Additional guitar work was also added by Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey of REM. In addition to his music being featured in countless films and television shows, Miller has appeared in an episode of the NBC hit series 30 Rock and the Old 97’s were prominently featured in the Vince Vaughn/Jennifer Aniston romantic comedy, The Break Up. Primarily known for his songwriting and awe-inspiring live performances, Rhett is also a critically-acclaimed author whose work has appeared in several books and such well-known periodicals as Rolling Stone, McSweeney’s, and The Atlantic. Miller is an accomplished guitarist and lyricist and continues to produce moving and pointed songs about the human condition. Shifting seamlessly from love worn odes to solemn recounts of loss, the songwriter is able to craft compelling story lines that reward and enrich the audience.
Friday, February 10, 2023