Rhett Miller Interview

Rhett Miller of The Old 97s has been working on plenty of new music.  He caught up with Joey Spehar recently on The Morning Mix. Rhett recently paired up with the band Black Prairie, a five piece bluegrass band from Portland, Oregon for the release of his new solo album, which started when the two played a show together at Club Cafe. Rhett is also preparing for the release of an Old 97’s album, which is supposed to be more raw than usual.

“It’s pretty great if I do say so myself. It is a raw record, there’s a lot of electric guitar, a lot of big fast rock songs, a lot of cursing, a lot of adult themes… it’s pretty fun.”

Handling both a solo career and a full sized band can be tricky especially if you’re the main songwriter for both. In Rhett’s circumstance, he gives first pick to his band after all of the songs have been written. Whichever they decide not to choose for their own, Rhett adds to his own repertoire. Often times when working on a solo album, though, Miller will have a song that the band has never heard just because it is specifically intended for his own project.

Miller finds himself writing both songs and prose (with the occasional awful movie live-tweet), but shared with us that he has found himself more focused on songwriting with the two upcoming record releases. In the upcoming year he expects to have a big year of fiction writing, and maybe he’ll live tweet more Pauly Shore movies.

With the addition of his new show, Wheels Off: The Rhett Miller Show, which is a comedy program that has previously hosted acts like Rob Delaney and Zach Galifianakis, Miller still finds time to frequent Pittsburgh on tour playing acts like Club Cafe.

For more information on what Rhett Miller is up to you can check out his website.