Wheels Off: The Rhett Miller Show is a new variety show featuring Rhett Miller and his all-star friends. Modeled after an old-school variety show, Wheels Off will feature music, comedy, a little bit of discussion, and maybe even a skit here and there. Largo will host the first two installments of the show on June 17th and August 25th. Special guests to be announced shortly. Past shows have included guests, Jon Brion, Rob Delaney, Old97s Murry Hammond, Ryan Miller, Joey Santiago, Rami Jaffee, & many others. Always a blast come on down!
Rhett will be appearing at City Winery Chicago on Wednesday June 5, 2013. Tickets will be going on sale on Thursday April 25th at the City Winery Web site. Opening the show will be Chicago’s adopted son Jon Langford.
We are pleased to announce that Rhett will be performing at The Casbah in San Diego, CA on June 18, 2013. Ticket information soon.
Catch Rhett’s next show live from @Yoshi’s tomorrow, March 7th, at 8p PST. He’ll be streaming live on
Rhett – tell us more about the “friends” part.
“Don’t forget in Hollywood, the opener the fantastic Nancy & Beth, featuring Stephanie Hunt and dulcet-voiced comic genius Megan Mullally. Also on the bill is Nick Offerman. There might be some surprise special guests and stuff too.”
Wow! Megan Mullally (Will and Grace) and Nick Offerman (Ron Swanson – Parks & Recreation). That is going to be quite the night. Get your tickets here:
Rhett is returning to NYC’s City Winery on Tuesday April 2nd. Tickets are now on sale at the City Winery web site:
Xpress met up with Old 97′s before sound check at The Orange Peel last week. (The band, originally from Texas, played Asheville on Wednesday, Feb. 13.) Frontman Rhett Miller talked with us about the group’s 20th anniversary, his solo work, and how his songwriting career has prepared him to become a fiction writer.
Video by Jesse Hamm, filmed in the Pizza Room at The Orange Peel. Song: “Lost Without You” from Miller’s 2012 solo release, The Dreamer.
As the 97’s celebrate the 15th anniversary of the release of Too Far To Care, I will take the opportunity to dig into my addled memory for some stories and insights. I’ll start with a track-by-track retrospective of the album’s thirteen songs. I will address them in reverse order, finishing appropriately with “Timebomb”.
Track 01 – “Timebomb”
“Timebomb” is a simple song. A boy obsessed with a young girl screams her name over and over again. Isn’t that the essence of rock and roll? He is dangerous, on the wrong side of the law, and maintaining a precarious balance between love and mania. What do we know about her? Well, her name is Celeste, she’s “stick-legged,” and apparently possessed of a comeliness powerful enough to drive at least one man to the brink of madness.
My own Pavlovian response to the song is, perhaps, unique to members of the Old 97’s. “Timebomb” is the last song of the night, every night. So when I hear Ken’s classic opening guitar lick, I swell with pride at having successfully navigated another night of rock and roll insanity. By that time I have usually climbed up onto the drum riser or, sometimes, onto the top of my guitar amp perched atop the drum riser way up high in the air. And during those airborne milliseconds as I descend toward the stage to sing the night’s closing number, I thank providence for this life I am blessed to lead. I was made for this mournful wail. To scream “Celeste” at the top of my lungs is my glorious destiny and my unlikely privilege.
Thank you for singing along.
PS: Have your own memories of “Timebomb” or Too Far To Care in general? Tweet them at me.
Rhett has just confirmed a show at Chicago’s City Winery. The show is Wednesday March 27th and will feature an opening set by Chicago’s own Robbie Fulks. Tickets go on sale Thursday February 14th at 11a CST via the City Winery web site: