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Since 1993, Rhett Miller has stayed busy both as a solo artist and as the lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist for alt-country act Old 97's (who are on tour now, two shows at Brooklyn Bowl this week included). Though the Dallas, Texas-based band has never had a "hit" in the conventional sense of the term, their acclaim with critics and fans alike has been well earned and an inarguable counterpoint to the idea of what success in the music industry looks like. With last year's Most Messed Up, the group saw their highest charting record to date, a fact that Miller shrugged off when I mentioned it in our recent conversation. In contrast to the oftentimes-austere nature of his music, and especially that of his solo work, Miller's positivity and grateful perspective are born from a place of self-doubt and failure. As components of his music, those experiences bleed through not as cautionary tales but as the mirrored non-fiction of the musician's success not only as an artist but, as he candidly revealed, a human being as well.
BV: You've been creating music for over two decades now with your solo career and with the Old 97's. Obviously a lot's changed with the dynamic of how people access music and how a band's fanbase grows. What's that paradigm shift meant for you as an artist just in watching that transition over the last twenty years?
Rhett: It's so funny all the different ways the fanbase has changed over the years. When we started it was the advent of the personal computer age, and I remember we got a lot of help from those very early email lists. It kind of helped us a lot, which is funny now because it seems so antiquated, but at the time it was really cutting edge and some of our earliest hardcore fans were a part of that, and it really went a long way to building our early fanbase. Then you watch the way that the consumption of music has changed, and I think that has really helped us even though we've never had a hit. In the old days you'd have to have your record in people's houses for them to be able to find the music and go back, and now it's just in everyone's pocket. They can find any song I've ever written and any record we've ever made. In a way, the fact that these songs are decades old, it kind of doesn't even seem like that because they're on the list just like all the other songs that exist in the world, and people can just go find them. Add to that the fact that we've never had a hit, and it's kind of cool because people can go back and discover our entire catalogue, and in a way we're really not time-stamped. I had a lot of friends who had hits in the 90s, and now their band has to go play on one of those nostalgia tours. It's a thirty-minute slot, and they have to finish with the one to three radio songs they had twenty years ago, and we've never had that, and it's kind of cool. It would've been nice to make a ton of money at some point, but our whole idea was that we wanted to have a whole career at the expense of having hits. For better or worse, that's been the thing that works for us, and we get to go out now and still play pretty big shows in front of pretty big crowds. We put out new records, and they're taken pretty seriously. We're not just a band that's dependent on an album that came out two decades ago or more.
photo: Rhett Miller at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Old 97's frontman Rhett Miller is doing his third annual "Holiday Extravaganza! An Evening of Comedy & Music with Special Guests" at NYC's City Winery on December 12. The guests are still TBA, so stay tuned. Tickets are on VinoFile presale now.
Rhett's only other solo appearances are Daryl's House in Pawling, NY and McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica in November, but Old 97's are also touring. As discussed, that tour hits NYC on October 20 & 21 at Brooklyn Bowl. Since we last spoke, Banditos were added as the opener. Tickets for both are still available.
Updated dates below...
good times with Dave and Rhett
Rhett Miller has released a video for "Most in the Summertime" which is from his new solo album The Traveller. The clip features cameos from Nicole Atkins (who played with him at City Winery earlier this week) and Dave Hill. Watch it below.
Meanhile, his band Old 97's will be on tour this fall, including two nights at NYC's Brooklyn Bowl on October 20 & 21. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (6/26) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.
In other news, Miller recently participated in the AV Club's Hatesong feature, offering up Michael Buble's "It's A Beautiful Day":
I didn't really dislike him personally until a couple of years ago I was in a restaurant and a song came on, and the person with whom I was eating said, "Hey, isn't that you?" And I listened for a second and I felt like, "Oh, yeah..." You know, in a restaurant you can't really hear what's happening. I thought, "Yeah, that's my song. That sounds like 'Perfume.'" Which was the single off the 97's Grand Theatre Vol. 2 in 2011. And as the song went on I realized, wait, there's a pre-chorus section; that's not in the song. And then it hit the chorus, and the chorus was different from my song, but weirdly, the lyrics in the chorus were the lyrics in my song. And so I Shazam-ed it, of course, and I figured out it was the Michael Bublé song called "It's A Beautiful Day."Find out the rest of the story at at AV Club...
photo: Rhett Miller at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Old 97's frontman Rhett Miller is releasing a new solo album called The Traveler on May 12 via ATO. For the recording, he was backed by Black Prairie (aka most of The Decemberists except Colin Meloy), and the record also features guitar work from R.E.M.'s Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey. You can get a taste from the folk-rockin' single "Most In The Summertime," below.
Rhett's also got a tour coming up that runs from late April though late June. That tour has him in NYC on June 24 at City Winery. Tickets for that show are on presale to VinoFile members now. General on-sale starts soon.
All dates are listed, with the new song, below...
We're officially in Music Festival Announcement Season, and the latest one is Atlanta's annual Shaky Knees Festival, happening May 8-10. This year includes The Strokes, The Avett Brothers, Wilco, Pixies, Social Distortion, Ryan Adams, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Tame Impala, Brand New, Mastodon, Neutral Milk Hotel (supposedly one of your last chances to see them for a while), Interpol, Flogging Molly, TV on the Radio, Manchester Orchestra, James Blake, Death from Above 1979, Dr. Dog, Spiritualized, Panda Bear, American Football, Clutch, Black Lips, The Mountain Goats, Best Coast, Real Estate, Wavves, Built to Spill, The Both, Mac DeMarco, Minus the Bear, Old 97's, FIDLAR, METZ, THe Bronx, Speedy Ortiz, Palma Violets, VIet Cong, Strand of Oaks and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full initial lineup (even more TBA) below...
"@rhettmiller that was great man!! Tks for taking it to the street @brooklynbowl - @DaltoA2
"Came to #bkbowl to check out Old 97s. But there was a power outage so now there's an impromptu sidewalk performance. It's perfect." - Jane
"@rhettmiller Thanks, dude. I knew a little electrical fire couldn't stop you. Rock on. #BrooklynBowl" - Lou Davanzo
Rhett Miller outside Brooklyn Bowl - 8/7/14 (via @paulsuwan)
Old 97's were to have wrapped up the 2-night Brooklyn Bowl run on their ongoing tour last night (8/7), but unfortunately the show was cancelled after an electrical issue in the venue. Luckily for those in attendance, frontman Rhett Miller still found a way to put on a show. Rhett went outside the venue and played an acoustic set on the street. That's a pic of him playing above, and you can check out a video below.
Rhett Miller at Sasquatch 2014 (more by Chris & Rae Graham)
As discussed, alt-country vets Old 97's are going on a tour that includes three NYC shows in August -- 8/6 & 8/7 at Brooklyn Bowl (tickets) and a free Lincoln Center Out of Doors show on 8/9 -- and singer Rhett Miller has since scheduled solo dates of his own surrounding his band's tour. Those include an appearance in NYC on September 20 at CIty Winery. Tickets are on sale now to VinoFile members and the general on-sale should start soon.
All of Rhett's and all of Old 97s' dates are listed below...
After a Wednesday night official showcase at the same venue, BrooklynVegan will take over both stages of Red 7 during the hours of noon-6pm each day on Thursday (3/13), Friday (3/14) and Saturday (3/15) of SXSW Music. Saturday's lineup is announced. Friday is on the way. Here is Thursday!
THURSDAY, MARCH 13, 2014 @ RED 7 (FREE)Please RSVP, and show up early to see all the bands and to ensure you get some complimentary drinks courtesy of Jameson (while supplies last).
12:00 Basia Bulat
12:45 Cate Le Bon
01:45 Nicole Atkins
03:30 Rhett Miller (of the Old 97's)
04:30 Sylvan Esso
05:15 San Fermin
We'll also have Shiner beer specials all day long, free Veri organic soda, free Frito Pies from HomeState (while they last!), and free popcorn at the Marshall Headphones booth where you can pose in our photobooth and where someone will win a pair of headphones every hour on the hour!
This party should be especially interesting since we managed to create a pretty diverse lineup across the two stages all in one day. Basia Bulat into Cate Le Bon into Nicole Atkins into Torres into Rhett Miller into San Fermin will be a dream for some who will probably not want to step outside at all during our two early rap sets (Cities Aviv & Overdoz) and the heaviness Trash Talk and Nothing will bring.
The outside stage on this party was a collaboration with Life or Death who work with many of those artists, including Trash Talk (excited to have Trash Talk back on a BV SXSW show again), Odd Futures's Tyler the Creator (ditto), and our outside headliner Little Dragon who they manage. Thanks to them for the support and for helping us present my favorite Swedish electro-band Little Dragon again.
Those who want to dance can hopefully make it from Roosevelt;s outside set to Sylvan Esso's inside one, and then back out for Little Dragon. If capacity doesn't allow that, it's still a winning situation whichever stage you end up at.
Nokia MixRadio will be on site educating us about their free music service. Indiegogo will be on hand to answer all your crowdfunding questions. Songboard, a new "music destination that offers artists and bands essential services and unique capabilities to maximize potential" will be there too to teach artists and fans more about their new company and what they can maybe do for you.
Again, this is one of three free BrooklynVegan day parties at Red 7 this year. Please RSVP once for entry to all three. SXSW badges are also welcome and be sure to stop by the Esurance Glove Box at the Austin Convention Center or their Fuel Lounge at 6th and Trinity to pick up an Esurance Access Pass. Then follow @esurance on Twitter to find out when and where you can hop the line for our party and others around Austin...
by Andrew Sacher
Lydia Loveless is an alt-country singer with a kick and some rock 'n' roll attitude who just released her third album, Somewhere Else, this past February via Bloodshot Records. Picture a twangier Stevie Nicks with some Petty/Springsteen swagger and you've got an idea. Lydia and her band just performed the album's opening track, "Really Wanna See You," for a CIMU Session, and the video of that performance makes its premiere in this post. Check it out below.
Lydia will be in Austin for multiple shows at SXSW this year, and after that, she'll head out on a previously discussed tour with Old 97's which hits NYC on June 3 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available.
All dates (including the SXSW appearances) are listed, with the new video, below...
Old 97's @ Brooklyn Bowl, June 2013 (more by Kurt Christensen)
As mentioned, the Old 97's are celebrating 20 years as a band in 2014, and will release Most Messed Up on April 29 via ATO. The band have just announced a tour supporting the new record and that includes a NYC show at Webster Hall on June 3. That show (and at least a few others) are with Bloodshot-signed alt-country singer Lydia Loveless opening. Tickets for that are currently on AmEx presale and will be available to the general public starting Friday (2/14) at noon.
Frontman Rhett Miller will be in NYC sooner, playing solo at City Winery in March. All Old 97's dates are listed below...
by Bill Pearis
Old 97's are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year and will release Most Messed Up on April 29 via ATO. The record, recorded in Austin with producer Salim Nourallah, features guest appearances from The Replacements' Tommy Stinson and Jon Rauhouse (Neko Case's band). The band have released the first single from the album, "Longer Than You've Been Alive," and Rhett Miller gets off more than a few good lines ("Life is a marathon and sometimes you puke"). You can stream it over at EW.com and check out the cover art and tracklist below.
While Old 97's haven't announced a tour yet (they played NYC last summer), Rhett Miller will be on the road this month and next, including a stop at NYC's City Winery on March 3. Anthony D'Amato is also on the bill and tickets for that show are on sale now. All tour dates are listed below.
photos and video by Kurt Christensen
Old 97s at Brooklyn Bowl - 6/28/13
Alt-country vets Old 97s came through NYC last night for a three-night run at Brooklyn Bowl (6/27-29), which saw them playing a different album in full each night, plus a set of other songs. We caught them on night 2 (6/28), where they played 1996's Wreck Your Life, and support came from Wormburner, who were celebrating the release of their new single, which features onetime Luna guitarist Sean Eden. Pictures from that show are in this post.
Night 1 saw the band performing Hitchhike to Rhome with support from Trapper Schoepp & the Shades, and night 3 saw them performing Too Far to Care with support from Via Audio.
More pictures and a video from night 2 below...
Old 97's @ Webster Hall, Oct. 2012 (more by Dominic Mastrangelo)
Alt-country vets Old 97's spent much of 2012 celebrating the 15th anniversary of their 1997 album Too Far to Care (like at Webster Hall in October). The band have kept on playing shows into 2013 and have just announced a three-night stint at Brooklyn Bowl on June 27 - 29. Tickets to those shows go on sale Friday (4/12) at noon. The band have a few other tour dates coming up as well and those are all listed below.
Meanwhile, Old 97's have a Record Store Day 2013 release, a double 7" in a gatefold sleeve containing four unreleased songs, two of which are from 1996 sessions with late country legend Waylon Jennings. Cover art was done by The Mekons' Jon Langford which you can check out below.
Old 97s at Webster Hall in 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Alt-country bands Drive-By Truckers and Old 97s are both heading out on separate tours this winter and in March they'll team up for two NYC area shows on March 15 at the Capitol Theatre and March 16 at the Wellmont Theatre. Tickets for the show at the Cap and tickets for the show at the Wellmont go on sale Friday (1/18) at noon.
For the Old 97s dates in February (none in NYC), the band will be performing their album, Too Far To Care, in its entirety like they recently did in NYC and their frontman Rhett Miller opens the shows.
All lists of dates and some videos below...
Rhett Miller at MHOW, October 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Rhett Miller has only a sprinkle of dates scheduled from now until the early portion of 2013, but that does include a stop on January 9th, 2013 at City Winery. Tickets are on sale for the NYC show and for a December show at City Winery in Chicago. Rehtt Miller recently celebrated the 15th anniversary of Too Far to Care with his band The Old 97s on tour and at Music Hall of Williamsburg and Webster Hall.
In other City Winery news, John Wesley Harding returns with another set of Cabinet of Wonders variety shows, his guest-filled appearances that usually go down at City Winery now. The November 16th show will feature appearances from Steve Earle, Loudon Wainwright III, Alec Ounsworth of Clap Your Hands Say YEah, Quincy Troupe, Gary Shteyngart, Mike Scott and Steve Wickham of the Waterboys (tickets) while the December 16th show will feature Josh Ferris, Colum McCann, Eugene Mirman and The Silver Ages. John Wesley Harding & the English UK recently dropped the "Making Love to Bob Dylan" single, which is available now via iTunes.
The hits at City Winery continue with Polaris Shortlister Kathleen Edwards. Edwards will spend the tail end of this year in Europe, travelling the first half of December in the UK, Scandanavia and beyond. The US gets very little love at the moment, but there are two NYC dates scheduled in the tail-end part of January so far. Look for the Canadian songwriter on 1/30 and 1/31. Tickets are on sale.
And last, but certainly not least, Alejandro Escovedo also has a limited number of East Coast dates scheduled as well. Dates in Texas dominate his schedule thus far but a stop in Evanston, IL for New Year's Eve and City Winery in NYC are in the crosshairs, with 1/18 and 1/19 scheduled for the guitarist. Tickets are on sale.
Other tour dates and some videos below.
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
Old 97's @ Webster Hall, 10/23/2012
In the early fall of 1996, the Old 97's flew to New York City to consummate our courtship with Elektra Records. The following morning, we were scheduled to appear on one of the top floors of Rockefeller Plaza to finally meet CEO Sylvia Rhone and "ink" the deal. We landed the evening before and rode in a limousine to the Paramount, a swanky hotel "just off Times Square." The lobby was as massive as the rooms were tiny, and everything about the hotel seemed to ooze the kind of hipness that inflates the nightly rate by about 80%.The above is a story that Rhett Miller recounted about the making of the song "Broadway" from the Old 97s' Too Far To Care LP, released 15 years ago. That record was celebrated (and played in full) at anniversary shows at Webster Hall on Tuesday (10/23) and Music Hall of Williamsburg the next night (10/24). Salim Nourallah played support, as did Rhett who opened the night with an acoustic set. The tour, which kicked off in September, inches toward eventual completion in Nashville, TN on Monday (10/29).
I had my guitar, a bunch of nervous energy, and an hour to kill before dinner. So I did what I often do in such a situation. I wrote a song. I wanted to impress the A&R folks at dinner, sure, but more than that I wanted to capture the feeling I had at that moment - the feeling of being on the brink of something huge. My life was changing right before my eyes. The dream I'd fostered since adolescence was coming true.
More pictures, plus setlists for Old 97's and Miller solo from Webster Hall are below.
In addition to their show at Webster Hall (10/27) The Old '97s have added a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 24 where they'll also play their 1997 album, Too Far to Care, in full. Tickets go on sale today at noon.
Updates tour dates are listed below.
Too Far To Care was a magical moment for the 97's. Starry-eyed and flush with confidence thanks to our brand-new deal with Elektra, we felt no fear, just giddy excitement. An adventurous producer and a world champion A&R guy shepherded us through the recording process. And when it was all over, we had captured our little bit of lightning in a bottle. I love Too Far To Care and can't wait to play it in its entirety across the USA. - Rhett MillerIt's the 15th anniversary of what is generally regarded as the finest work by Old 97's and, like so many longtime musicians these days, the band are celebrating by dusting off the record and taking it out on tour, playing it front-to-back. One of the tour's stops is in NYC at Webster Hall on October 23 with Salim Nourallah and an opening acoustic set by Old '97s frontman Rhett Miller. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/29) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning today (6/27) at noon.
In addition to the tour, Too Far to Care, is getting the deluxe reissue treatment this fall, including its first-ever vinyl pressing. Tour poster, plus all Old 97's tour dates are listed below.
Rhett playing (in the convention center?) @ SXSW 2012 (via nattibeth)
In support of his upcoming self-produced solo album The Dreamer, frontman Rhett Miller announced a Spring tour with backing band The Serial Lady Killers that will hit Maxwell's on June 7 and Bowery Ballroom on June 8. Tickets for both are on sale now at the links. All dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, Rhett, fresh from a string of SXSW performances will play a sold out gig tomorrow night (3/23) at City Winery with Salim Nourallah. He also has some shows coming up with his 90s alt-rock cohorts in Old '97's.
The Dreamer is set to drop June 5 via Miller's own Maximum Sunshine Records. A free download for the album's first single "Out of Love" and a complete list of tour dates can be found below...
DOWNLOAD: Jim Ward - Take it Back (MP3)
Old 97 Rhett Miller, currently working on a new record, is going on a solo acoustic tour in October, but first you can catch him with his full band The Serial Lady Killers at a big headlining show at Highline Ballroom in NYC this Saturday night (9/24). Tickets are still on sale.
Jim Ward (of Sparta/At The Drive-In/Sleepercar), who is on a tour himself, opens the show (he'll be solo acoustic). Jim is out supporting his new solo LP called, wait for it... Quiet In The Valley, On The Shores The End Begins & The Electric Six - released on August 8th via his own Tembloroso Recordings. "The album is a compilation of his acoustic solo EP trilogy - 2007's Quiet, 2009's In The Valley, On The Shores, 2011's The End Begins - paired with an additional disc of select tracks gone electric." Download the electrified "Take It Back" above. That's the cover art up there too.
A JW video and all tour dates below...
photos by Timothy Griffin
"It was hilarious to hear a man as gorgeous as Rhett Miller sing about losing at love to a better-looking man. Who could that have been?" - Jason Crane
Rhett Miller (Old 97's) @ BVSXSW 2011
Old 97's played two shows at The Bell House on Wednesday (7/13) and Thursday (7/14) with fellow Texan Robert Ellis as part of an ongoing tour. A video from the first show is below. A picture of the setlist from that same show can be viewed HERE.
Frontman Rhett Miller, who is not frustrated with Manhattan, will play in NYC again this month on July 30 on the Oval at Stuyvesant Town with Martha Wainwright, Teddy Thompson, and Hayes Carll as part of Peter Cooper VIllage/Stuyvesant Town's "Summer on the Oval series. The show runs from 4 PM to 8 PM and is free to the public. More dates for all of these artists are listed below.
A belated and second set of pictures of the Old 97's playing the BrooklynVegan party at Barbarella during SXSW (where Robert Ellis can be seen in the crowd), with that video from the Bell House show, and all tour dates for everyone mentioned above, below...
Animal Collective @ Celebrate Brooklyn 2009 (more by Ryan Muir)
today in NYC
* Monogold @ Pianos
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* Gregory Attonito @ Watermark (NJ)
* Tell All Your Friends @ Lolita Bar
* Peter Frampton @ Wellmont Theater (NJ)
* Old 97's, Robert Ellis @ Stone Pony (NJ)
* Slick Rick, DJ Brucie B @ Crotona Park
* Cibo Matto, Sxip Shirey @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Antibalas, The Stepkids @ Fort Greene Park
* RX Bandits, Maps & Atlases @ Irving Plaza
* Joe Morris, Agusti Fernandez @ The Stone
* Tom Vek, Secret Music @ Mercury Lounge
* Emily Wells, Live Footage @ Tammany Hall
* Bill Callahan, Ed Askew @ Bowery Ballroom
* Alex Barnett, Brett Naucke, Slava @ Zebulon
* YOB, Dark Castle, Batillus @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Jim Campilongo Electric Trio @ Cameo Gallery
* Cold Cave, Cult of Youth, Zambri @ Knitting Factory
* The Belle Brigade, Nightmare & The Cat @ Mercury Lounge
* Little Shalimar, Tit N Twat, secret guest @ Union Pool
* Jason Anthony Harris, Stark & Nimo, Hilly Eye @ Bruar Falls
* Starlight Girls, Anni Rossi, Wild Vibes, Hello Phones @ Glasslands
* Start Making Sense (Talking Heads tribute) @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise
* Animal Collective, Black Dice, Beta & Hatch @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* Bad Banana, Tacocat, Forever, Little Victory, Aye Nako @ Death By Audio
* Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten, Nate Wooley, Joe McPhee, Joe Morris @ The Stone
* Vernon Reid, The Barr Brothers (Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival) @ City Winery
* Whiskey Bravo, Noahs Arcade, Who Is James Kennedy?, Mira Stroika, Julian Fulton & The Zombei Gospel @ Bowery Electric
* Ghetto Metal feat. Dr Cornel West & The Corner West Theory, Bazaar Royale & Game Rebellion, Bilal, more @ SOB's
Today is a Manhattanhenge
Ska-turned-prog rockers RX Bandits are currently on their last ever tour. According to an interview with Playmaker, RX Bandits are not breaking up, they're just doing their last tour. RX Bandits hit the scene in the mid-to-late '90s playing pretty standard poppy ska punk. By 2003's The Resignation, the Bandits showed signs of experimenting outside of the realm of the genre and have since released 2 more progressive albums and have shared significant members with far-out experimental rockers The Sound of Animals Fighting. Catch them in NYC tonight (7/12) and Wednesday (7/13) at Irving Plaza with Maps & Atlases. Check out the latter's recent video for "Solid Ground" below. - Andrew Sacher
Old 97s and Robert Ellis play The Stone Pony in Asbury Park tonight (7/12) and then arrive in Brooklyn for shows at The Bell House on July 13 and 14. The tenth person to email BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: Old 97s) will win a pair of tickets to the Wednesday night show at The Bell House (7/13) and access to soundcheck. Include your first and last name in the email, and check our facebook for more chances to win the same prize (we're giving away 5 pairs total actually). Check out a video of the Old 97's performing "State of Texas" in Texas last month, below...
photos by Ryan Barkan
DOWNLOAD: The Old 97s - Live at Cicero's, St. Louis, MO, 4-19-96 (zipped MP3s)
Old 97's @ BV-SXSW @ Barbarella
Old 97s "are proud to release The Grand Theatre Vol. 2, their ninth studio album, [July 5th] via New West Records. TGTV2 features 13 brand new songs and is once again produced by Salim Nourallah (The Grand Theatre Volume One and Blame It On Gravity.) Rolling Stone said:
"On their 2010 album, The Grand Theatre Vol. 1, the Old 97's per- formed new material live at a Dallas theater, then took the songs that went over best and recorded them in an Austin studio. Consisting of songs left over from Vol. 1, this second installment places Rhett Miller's articulate, off-the-cuff songs right between the composure of the control room and the looseness of the barroom. Miller savors lines like "He said, 'Can I buy a drink?'/What he meant was, 'Can I buy you?' " over his bandmates' proudly ordinary punky-tonk. But Miller is no roots reactionary: "Manhattan (I'm Done)" is the rare country dig at New York where it actually sounds like the singer gave the big city a fighting chance."Old 97's were on a tour this past Spring that hit Webster Hall in Manhattan on April 9. Some videos from that show are below.
The band will kick off a new tour this Thursday (7/7), again returning to NYC, but maybe they are done with Manhattan. The Old 97's will instead play The Bell House in Brooklyn on July 13 and 14 . Tickets are on sale for both dates (7/13, 7/14).
Most July dates, including the Brooklyn shows, will be opened by Robert Ellis who released a new album this week too.
One of the few sets The Old 97's played during SXSW 2011 was (a great one at) the BrooklynVegan/Partisan/KF Records day party that Deer Tick, Middle Brother, Jonny Corndawg, Jason Isbell and many others also played. A belated set of pictures from the Austin show is in this post.
More of those pics, with videos from Webster Hall, the setlist to the 1996 live set you can download above, and all tour dates below...
photos by Tim Griffin
DOWNLOAD: Robert Ellis - What's In It For Me (MP3)
Robert Ellis (2nd from left) & band @ Cactus Cafe
Houston-based country singer-songwriter Robert Ellis, only 22 years young, released his album Photographs this week ("split in two sides with vinyl in mind, the A-side representing a more folksy, dark side of Robert's music while the B-side is a full band country sound, paying homage to the great artists that have influenced him.")
"Making him a name for himself with a stellar debut (2009's The Great Rearranger) and a weekly residency playing old-school country covers at Houston clubs, Ellis' latest release is full of snapshots of a man growing more mature. Some of the songs are actually downright cute, with Ellis singing about the day-to-day aspects of life and love, such as painting a house with his woman ("Two Cans Of Paint"), driving back from an out-of-town gig to be with his woman ("Comin' Home"), and the strains of being in a relationship with the woman ("What's In It For Me?", "No Fun")." [Houston Calling]Download "What's In It For Me" above.
Last night, July 5th, Robert shared a bill with Jonny Corndawg at Cactus Cafe in Austin. Pictures from that show are in this post. Tonight (July 6th), Robert and Jonny again share a bill at Robert's record release party at hometown Houston venue Fitzgaralds. Two days after that Robert hits the road with the Old 97's. That tour will bring him to The Bell House in Brooklyn on July 13th and 14th. Tickets for both shows are still on sale (7/13, 7/14).
Past Robert Ellis appearances on BV have both been Texas related too. Tim caught Robert opening for Lucero at Emo's, and we both saw Robert open for Deervana in Austin. More pictures from Cactus Cafe and all tour dates below...