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Hi y’all!

The Old 97’s aren’t playing any showcases at this year’s SXSW, but Rhett is stepping in to represent our favorite foursome at a number of events on Wednesday and Thursday. For any fans in Austin who’ve never seen him solo, shame on you! I kid, but seriously, whether he’s with the band or alone on stage with his guitar, he has one performing mode and that is ALL IN! Seize this opportunity to witness his remarkable skill, talent, and showmanship. Besides, chances are very high he’ll play a number of new songs from Most Messed Up.

Here’s a little teaser from his recent show at World Café Live in Philly:


Rhett starts the ball rolling on Wednesday, March 12 with a 1:50-2:30pm outdoor performance at The Billy Reid + Weather Up Austin Shindig in East Austin located at 1808 E. Cesar Chavez St.

Then at 6pm he heads over to headline the KEXP party at Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop on 400 Nueces St.


Thursday, March 13 is going to be a looooooong day for Mr. Miller, beginning with the KGSR morning showcase at 7am. An obscenely early hour for anyone to be up and functioning, let along a rockstar. Rhett is sandwiched between Nicole Atkins and Jeremy Messersmith, two other acts worth a listen from your ringing ears. This year’s showcase is located at the swanky W Austin on Lavaca St. It will also be streaming live at, so you can pry open your blurry eyes and watch these talented musicians in your jammies.

At 12:30pm, Rhett will be participating in his first SXSW panel, “Fighting for Their Rights: A Discussion on the Beastie Boys, Fair Use and Copyright”. Included on this panel is former Elektra A & R man and long-time friend of the Old 97’s, Tom DeSavia. It should prove to be an informative and lively discussion in room 17B of the Austin Convention Center.

After consuming some famous Austin tacos or perhaps taking a much-needed power nap (I’m just guessing here, but that’s what I, a mere mortal, would do), Rhett will head over to the Brooklyn Vegan + Life or Death Day Party at Red 7 on East 7th to blow the roof off of the inside stage at 3:30pm. You might want to check out Basia Bulat and Nicole Atkins who are also on the bill for that afternoon.

And finally, our prolific lead singer will finish out his SXSW duties with an evening showcase at Buffalo Billiards on 6th. He takes the stage from 9:00-9:40pm.


Whew! I’m exhausted just reading his schedule.

Please keep in mind, showcases are added at the last minute all of the time, so keep an eye on SXSW’s ever-evolving schedule throughout the week.

For those of you lucky enough to be in Austin for the beautiful chaotic circus that is SXSW, have a blast for the rest of us! Please feel free to share any photos and videos from Rhett’s appearances in the Forum section. And remember, KEEP AUSTIN WEIRD!!



Great interview with Rhett about the new album over on Salon today.


A sample:

Yes, it has been an emotionally draining time for Miller — but a liberating one as well, too. Something in the awfulness of the pain gave him the freedom to speak out and speak his mind. And this autobiographical song cycle is his most honest, revealing and often laugh-out-loud funny yet. “I’ve come to a decision where I don’t have to try and be perfect,” he said over the phone last week, in an exclusive first interview about the album. “I don’t have to try and be nice. I don’t have to try and make everybody happy all the time.”

That’s apparent from the very first song, “Longer Than You’ve Been Alive,” which comes right out and admits to the drinking and pills, to how the road can be “a blast and a bore,” to butting heads with band mates, and to nights onstage where everyone is checking the clock. That directness sets the tone for a total excavation of the heart, all of it set against a return of the careening, train-wildly-off-the-track beat that will make fans of “Too Far to Care” and other early albums rejoice.


You can now pre-order Most Messed Up CDs, LPs and bundles with exclusive t-shirts and posters.


Every pre-order includes:

– Instant free download of the unreleased track “Career Opportunities” (yes, a Clash cover!)

– Early digital MP3 download of the album on Friday, April 25

Pre-order Most Messed Up Now >

There’s also a ton of new tour dates up over on the shows page, so check it out and come see us sometime.

If you enjoyed the streaming preview of “Longer Than You’ve Been Alive” from the upcoming Most Messed Up (out 4/29/14), here’s your chance to grab it and make it your very own. All you need is an email address and it’s all yours. Enjoy.

Free stream:

Free download:



Entertainment Weekly Premieres 1st New Song
“Longer Than You’ve Been Alive”

The Old 97’s have confirmed the April 29 release of their new album and ATO debut Most Messed Up — a revealing, 12-track meditation on 20 years in music that finds them at their raucous, boozy best. It’s “a rock opera, a way-off Broadway musical about a musician’s life, loves and lubrication,” says music critic Bill Flanagan. Recorded in Austin and produced by Salim Nourallah, Most Messed Up also features guest appearances by Tommy Stinson (The Replacements, Guns N’ Roses) and Jon Rauhouse (Neko Case) on lap-steel.

Entertainment Weekly just premiered “Longer Than You’ve Been Alive,” the album’s epic, 6-minute opening track that pulls back the curtain on both the excesses and tedium of the world of a touring musician. Listen here.

Titles like “Wasted,” “Intervention,” “Wheels Off,” “Let’s Get Drunk & Get It On,” and “Most Messed Up” hint at the kind of narrators frontman Rhett Miller likes to inhabit — men who possess an appetite for indulgence and won’t let a few bad decisions get in the way of a good story. The magic in Miller’s songwriting lies in the depth that he lends his characters. Upon closer inspection, the hard partying and endless pursuit of a good time often reveals itself to be a Band-Aid covering up deeper wounds and emotional scars. “There’s a lot of darkness hidden in this record,” Miller explains.

The Old 97’s emerged from Dallas twenty years ago at the forefront of a musical movement blending rootsy, country-influenced songwriting with punk rock energy. Most Messed Up follows their recent two-volume set, The Grand Theatre which found the band as “lifers writing for keeps,” according to Rolling Stone, and their 2013 EP featuring Waylon Jennings, Old 97’s & Waylon Jennings.

2014 tour dates will soon be announced.

Most Messed Up Tracklist:
  1. “Longer Than You’ve Been Alive”
  2. “Give It Time”
  3. “Let’s Get Drunk & Get It On”
  4. “This Is The Ballad”
  5. “Wheels Off”
  6. “Nashville”
  7. “Wasted”
  8. “Guadalajara”
  9. “The Disconnect”
  10. “The Ex Of All You See”
  11.  “Intervention”
  12.  “Most Messed Up”