Archive for June, 2015

After lighting up the midwest on a successful short Old 97’s run, Rhett continued his tour in support of his stellar MMU companion solo effort, The Traveler.


Starting briefly in his beloved Texas, the bulk of his latest run was a jaunt from Seattle to Hermosa Beach, accompanied by the lovely, angelic-voiced Annalisa Tornfelt. She joined Rhett on stage for a handful of songs from The Traveler, as well as Old 97’s tunes. Her virtuosity and backing vocals brought to life the tracks from the new album, and added a new layer to old classics.


Along the way, our favorite frontman did a fair number of interviews, radio stops, and podcasts. Here are a few highlights starting with Texas.
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Rhett commandeered the airwaves of Austin’s My KUTX for an hour to share a dozen of his favorite songs.

KXT’s Paul Slavens and Rhett

He stopped by KXT Live Sessions to chat up, reminisce and perform a couple of songs for old friend and Travoltas member, Paul Slavens. Rising star Madison King joined in to sing her sweet duet she wrote with Rhett, Feel Like Falling In Love.
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Madison King and Rhett at KXT

Before heading to the West Coast, Mr. Miller hooked up with The Ticket’s zany morning team, Bob and Dave at Eatzi’s in Grapevine to perpetrate a little BaD shenanigans on unsuspecting female customers. Hilarity ensues. But seriously, what girl WOULDN’T want the lead singer of Old 97’s to make up a song featuring her name, no matter how ridiculous? Zero.
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roaming the market without a hall pass

In Portland, our wordsmith wowed the collective gathered in the intimate studios of Kink FM’s Skype studios with spirited performances of new songs, old songs and insight into his collaboration with local favorites, Black Prairie. Video of the interview and performance are here, here, here, here, here and here.
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Rhett at KINK FM Skype Studios in Portland

In LA, KCSN host Sky Daniels and Rhett discuss all-things The Traveler and then some. Among “then some” is an interesting discussion concerning the Texas meaning of ordering a “coke”. Annalisa Tornfelt joins in on fiddle and backing vocals, kicking it up a notch on Wanderlust.
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with Annalisa Tornfelt (photo courtesy of Laura Smith)

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photo courtesy of Laura Smith

But wait! There’s more…
Despite two glaring mistakes in the headline, Chilled Magazine published a fun interview with Rhett. Curious how he spends downtime, his favorite foods or which libations are stocked in his poolside Tiki bar (he has a Tiki bar??!?), read on.
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How do you feel about Michael Bublé? Do you hate his voice, song-stylings or that stupid accent mark on the é? Well, read why Rhett takes issue with the Canadian crooner in A.V. Club’s Hatesong feature here.
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photo courtesy of Laura Smith

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Jon Neufeld and Rhett

Recorded shortly after The Traveler’s release, Rhett made his home turf one of the first stops on his presser rounds. Here he is at Woodstock Radio.

On a sunny afternoon in the Boston area, Joan Holliday of The River and Mr. Miller discuss Peter Buck, reincarnation and lay bare his psyche on my new favorite game, Either/Or.
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Judy Holliday of the River and Rhett basking in the New England sun

The Master of the Interview, Rhett gets comfortable and opens up to The Alt in Our Stars podcast host, Chris Payne about a number of topics including a tale or two about Third Eye Blind. The entire hour makes for an exceedingly entertaining conversation.
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photo courtesy of Laura Smith

And finally, if you haven’t done so already, do yourself a favor and check out One Week, One Band. Guest author, Daniel Couch wrote an extensive 24-part series of posts mined from multiple sources, including this very website.
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The Hardest Working Rocker in the biz is on a well-deserved family vacation. But never fear, he will be out and about again this week at the sold out Barefoot at the Belmont and a July 4th band gig at the Twilite Lounge. Then our favorite foursome embark on a long-awaited European mini tour.
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photo courtesy of Laura Smith

Thank Jehovah he loves what he does. I think I can safely speak for us all when I say we love what he does, too.
See you on the road!!

We’ll be adding these to the event calendar over the next day or so, but in the meantime here’s a complete list of upcoming shows:

July 9 – Valencia, Spain – LOCO CLUB
July 10 – Riaza, Spain – HUERCASA FESTIVAL
July 12 – London, UK – The Borderline
July 14 – Bilbao, Spain – CAFE ANTZOKIA
July 18 – New Braunfels, TX – WhiteWater Amphitheater

August 8 – San Antonio, TX – Lone Star Beer TX Heritage Series – Lone Star Brewery
August 15 – Houston, TX – Lone Star Beer TX Heritage Series – Silver Street Studios
August 22 – Dallas, TX – Lone Star Beer TX Heritage Series – Gilley’s
August 29 – Austin, TX – Lone Star Beer TX Heritage Series – Fair Market

September 10 – Boulder, CO – Fox Theater
September 11 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
September 12 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory Concert House
September 13 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox
September 14 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
September 16 – Arcata, CA – Humboldt Brews
September 17 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
September 18 – West Hollywood, CA – The Troubadour
September 19 – Del Mar, CA – KAABOO
September 20 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
September 21 – Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
September 23 – Amarillo, TX – Golden Light Cantina
September 24 – Tahlequah, OK – Medicine Stone Festival

October 3 – Dallas, TX – Lake Highlands Oktoberfest
October 15 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West @ King Plow Arts Center
October 16 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
October 17 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
October 19 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
October 20 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl
October 21 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl
October 22 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
October 23 – Ithaca, NY – The Haunt
October 24 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom & Tavern
October 26 – St. Paul, MN – Turf Club
October 27 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
October 28 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
October 29 – St Louis, MO – The Ready Room
October 30 – Little Rock, AR – Revolution Music Room