New Album “The Traveler” Out May 12th

PRE-ORDER THE TRAVELER: Official Store | iTunes | Amazon

Rhett 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, which will be released on May 12th.

Although the album was written and performed by Miller he also had some help, most notably 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 as also added by Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey of REM.

“I fell in love with the band Black Prairie during a tour we did together a couple of years ago,” said Miller. “Since then, I have been looking for an excuse to get into a studio with them. When the 97’s finished our most recent album, Most Messed Up, and I looked at the stack of songs I had left over, I realized they would be perfect for a collaboration with Black Prairie.”

Courtesy of Rolling Stone, you can now hear the joyful, jubilant first track from the record, “Most in the Summertime”. Head below to check out Rhett’s upcoming tour dates, including April’s shows with Jay Farrar of Uncle Tupelo.

Tour Dates
4/23 – Cincinnati, OH – 20th Century Theater#
4/24 – Bloomington, IL – Castle Theater#
4/25 – Chicago, IL – Old Town School of Folk Music#
4/26 – Chicago, IL – Old Town School of Folk Music#
5/13 – Somerville, PA – Johnny D’s
5/14 – Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall
5/15 – Hudson, NY – Club Helsinki
5/17 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Café
5/18 – Annapolis, MD – Ram’s Head Tavern
5/21 – Wilmington, DE – World Café Live
6/11 – Fort Worth, TX – Shipping and Receiving Bar
6/12 – Austin, TX – Strange Brew
6/13 – Houston, TX – Mucky Duck
6/15 – Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern
6/16 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
6/18 – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel
6/19 – Los Angeles, CA – Hotel Café
6/20 – San Diego, CA – The Casbah
6/21 – Hermosa Beach, CA – Sainte Rock
6/24 – New York, NY – City Winery

# = with Jay Farrar

97’s record and Wheels Off update – Ed Helms! Maria Bamford!

Howdy folks,

I hope this finds you all well.
I’m checking in on a rare day off.
The 97’s just wrapped the basic tracking for our new record. The rough mixes sound insanely terrific.
This is guaranteed to be our most rockin’ record ever.
Spoiler alert…
Lots of adult themes. And cursing!

On Monday the 28th of October, my next installment of Wheels Off will take place at Largo in Hollywood.
My comedy guests will be the great Maria Bamford and the fantastic Ed Helms!
I wish I could tell you the name of my musical guest. But the secret of her identity will be revealed during the show.
Trust me, though, when I tell you that she is pretty rad.

I’ve been working out the kinks on this variety show concept and have come to the conclusion that simpler is better.
Moving forward, Wheels Off will be more like a standard Rhett Miller solo acoustic show, during which I’ll bring two or three guests out for a few minutes each, often joining them after their short performance for a little collaboration.
The guests will spice up what is otherwise a straight up gig.

Check out the tour dates also, as the Old 97’s have a bunch of shows coming in November.
Can’t wait to see all of y’all.

yrs,
Rhett

Rhett Joins Paul F. Tompkins for Ep. 36 of Wits in St. Paul 10/25

Rhett will be performing as a part of the Wits radio program on Friday October 25, 2013 in St. Paul, MN. Wits is a radio program presented by Minnesota Public Radio and features comedy, conversation, songs and surprises with host John Moe.

Tickets are on sale now to Wits Social Club members. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Tue 9/17 @

More info on the show and tickets can be found here: http://www.witsradio.org/episodes/thirty-six/

Rhett last appeared on the program in 2012 as a part of Episode 18 with comedian/actor Tim Meadows. You can stream that episode here: http://www.witsradio.org/episodes/eighteen/