Exene Cervenka was of course the frontwoman for L.A. punk legends, X. These days, she fronts the punkabilly Original Sinners, and has asked an old friend from the Old 97's to serve as guitarist for a few dates. That's why come December, Mr. Ken Bethea is going to California as the lead guitarist for the Original Sinners. As of now, Ken's dates with the Sinners are as follows: 12/13 @ Doll Hut in Orange County (Anaheim?); 12/14 @ San Diego (venue TBA); 12/15 @ The Troubadour in Hollywood. Check 'em out!
Crowded House internet message boards are reporting that Rhett will be opening for former Crowded House frontman Neil Finn on the January and February legs of a US tour. Now that would be one outstanding bill of smart, melodic, pop! (As of now, those rumors are official! - f.e.) Also, if you get a chance, check out a nifty video interview with Rhett on the Canadian music website, Umbrella Music. In it, Rhett discusses what the interviewer calls the "Tiger Beat" cover for The Instigator, and which Rhett defends instead as "creepy." You make the call!
Hello everybody - Murry from the band here - wanted to let y'all know about something pretty neat: Our favorite little roots music venue in the world, the Sons of Hermann Hall in Dallas, is putting together a CD of local Dallas music to help pay for an elevator for the upstairs concert room. Those of you who have ever had to lug anything up their story-and-a-half fire-escape stairs will sympathize with this project, which is why the Old 97's have donated a track. The song is called "Ivy's Got A Boyfriend (Problem)" and is from the earliest live recording
Remember 120 Minutes on MTV? That cool Sunday night show, where for at least two hours a week, MTV and good music were on speaking terms again? It shouldn't be any surprise that in its headlong rush to remake itself into as a 24/7 boy-band and hip-hop party palace, peopled by gabby, grabby, self-absorbed wannabes, MTV has stopped playing music altogether. Well maybe not entirely. See 120 Minutes is still kicking over on MTV's sister network, MTV2, which in spite of - OK maybe even because of - its name (remember? MTV = music television?) - still plays music. And
Early this afternoon, Rhett discovered that he will be the musical guest this Friday night on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. So set those VCR's! P.S. - So several hours after I made this post, I discovered that the news and tourdates pages were MIA. And when I attempted to upload them again, discovered that HBAT's web-hosting firm (Icom.com, a division of Interland. If you ever sign up with this outfit, it proves you're nothing but a trouble-grubbing masochist.) mistakenly believed that the site had suddenly exceeded its "disk quota," or size limit. Until this problem is fixed, any page
So it looks like the Old 97's will be renewing their old tradition of New Years concerts, with two tentatively scheduled in the DFW area. Check out the "Tourdates" page and check back soon for confirmations. Also, you've no doubt noticed the recent proliferation of musical webcasts. For whatever reason (My guess? It's the crappy facilities in underequipped IT departments, and the inherent bandwidth limitations on streaming audio and video.) the audio quality of these things often just blows. But back in August, Rhett cut an in-studio session for AOL's music webcast Sessions@AOL, and man oh man, at least on
My apologies for the long delay between updates, but the job has kept me in Puerto Rico for much of the past month. Yeah the beaches are nice, but man it's good to be back in Texas, if only for a few days. So. News. There ain't a ton of it, though reports from Elektra indicate they are quite pleased with the initial reaction to The Instigator. And who can blame them for being happy, with reviews like these? "In his first solo album, The Instigator, Miller deals with relationships from unexpected angles, combining a strong literary touch with an
The Instigator debuts at... #1 on Billboard's "Heatseekers" chart, which denotes up and coming artists. Outstanding! But now peoples, it's time to get your Peeples on. Man I'm sorry, but that was too fun to pass up. Still, you're about to have a lot more opportunities to catch 97's drummeister Philip Peeples. Tomorrow, October 6, marks Philip's debut with John Dufilho's more-acoustic-than-Deathray-Davies side project, I Love Math. The show's at the Barley House, and for those who can't make it thatnks to this short notice, ILM will be making a return appearance at the Barley House on October 13. If
Hey kids, The Instigator is here TODAY! Don't forget to get your copy, and if you still need another venue to get your Rhett on (besides all the links we've already got here) well here's another. Enjoy!
VH1 is giving the Rhettster some major coverage this week, including two interviews (here and here) and links to both the video for "Come Around" and a complete on-line stream of The Instigator. The upside? Now you don't necessarily have to pre-order from Amazon to hear the album. (But shame if you don't!) The downside? I couldn't get the damn link to work. And how about some good Old 97's news? In an interview with LA New Times, Rhett fills out some of the details in his - and the Old 97's - relationship with Elektra, and if the article