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The Old 97’s and Rhett Miller prep new LPs (listen to Rhett’s “Total Disaster”)

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The Old 97’s and frontman Rhett Miller both have new albums coming out this fall. Rhett’s new solo album is called The Messenger and will be out November 9 via ATO. He made it with Sam Cohen who produced and played on it (along with Sam’s band). “I wanted this record to be less safe,” Miller says. “I wanted to put myself in the hands of a producer who was going to do things that I didn’t expect; I wanted to play with people I didn’t know and be surprised by what they came up with. And all of that really came to pass. That’s what you’re getting this record. You’re getting this locked-in rhythm section with a crazy, psychedelic guitar maestro playing along with me singing my songs about depression and insecurity.” You can listen to “Total Disaster” from the LP below.

The Old 97’s, meanwhile, release Love the Holidays, on November 16 via ATO and that features originals and a cover of standard New Year’s song “Auld Lang Syne.” Tracklist is below.

As mentioned, The Old 97’s Holiday Extravaganza! tour starts just after Thanksgiving, with Rhett doing a solo set to open the show, and “DIY punk rock magician” CaseyMagic will provide illusions. Dates include Asbury Park, NJ’s Wonder Bar on December 13 and Manhattan’s Irving Plaza on December 14. Tickets for Irving Plaza are on presale now (password: MUSICGEEKS) and both shows go on sale Friday (9/21) at 10 AM to the general public. Rhett’s also got solo headline shows — all dates are listed below.

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Rhett Miller – The Messenger tracklist
1) Total Disaster
2) Did I Lose You?
3) Wheels
4) You Were A Stranger
5) Human Condition
6) Close Most Of The Time
7) I Used To Write In Notebooks
8) Permanent Damage
9) I Can’t Change
10) Bitter/Sweet
11) We’re In Trouble
12) Broken

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The Old 97’s – Love the Holidays tracklist:
1. Love The Holidays
2. I Believe in Santa Claus
3. Gotta Love Being A Kid (Merry Christmas)
4. Snow Angels
5. Christmas Is Coming
6. Wintertime In The City
7. Rudolph Was Blue
8. Here It Is Christmastime
9. Hobo Christmas Song
10. Auld Lang Syne

OLD 97’S – 2018 TOUR DATES
SEPTEMBER
19 – Winston-Salem, NC – The Ramkat
20 – Durham, NC – Motorco Music Hall
21 – Columbia, SC – The Senate
22 – Charlotte, NC – The Underground
23 – Bristol, TN – Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion (State Street Stage)

OCTOBER
3 – Tempe, AZ – Coca-Cola Sun Deck at Sun Devil Stadium

NOVEMBER
28 – Seattle, WA – The Neptune w/Rhett Miller solo
29 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom w/Rhett Miller solo
30 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore w/Rhett Miller solo

DECEMBER
1 – Los Angeles, CA – The Troubadour w/Rhett Miller solo
2 – Solana Beach, CA – The Belly Up w/Rhett Miller solo
6 – Richmond, VA – The National w/Rhett Miller solo
7 – Philadelphia, PA – TLA w/Rhett Miller solo
8 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live! w/Rhett Miller solo
9 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair w/Rhett Miller solo
13 – Asbury Park, NJ – The Wonder Bar w/Rhett Miller solo
14 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza w/Rhett Miller solo
15 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr Smalls w/Rhett Miller solo
29 – Dallas, TX – Statler Ballroom w/Rhett Miller solo

JANUARY
26 – Ponte Vedra, FL – Ponte Vedra Concert Hall w/Shooter Jenning

RHETT MILLER SOLO HEADLINE SHOWS
SEPTEMBER
29 – Anchorage, AK – Sydney Laurence Theater
30 – Palmer, AK – Vagabond Blues

OCTOBER
5 – Garwood, NJ – Crossroads
6 – Ardmore, PA – Ardmore Music Hall
20 – Oklahoma City, OK – Tower Theatre
24 – Tomball, TX – Main Street Crossing
25 – Abilene, TX – The Grace Museum Rooftop

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