Rhett Miller talks to RS about depression and sobriety

Rolling Stone Country have posted an interview online with the Old 97’s frontman Rhett Miller which is a really interesting read. He covers a variety of topics including his struggles with mental health and the work he’s been engaged in with suicide prevention groups, telling them: “It’s just an inherently tricky negotiation to wake up every morning and figure out the motivation to go on. Some people are able to overcome that more easily, and some people are never able to overcome that.” You can read the whole piece over at RS here, or listen to a track from the new record below. Continue reading “Rhett Miller talks to RS about depression and sobriety”

Rhett Miller is back with new album “The Messenger” – Listen

And there’s also a Christmas album from his “old” band too – yes, it’s that time of year again you’ll be delighted to know. RS Country reports: “Old 97’s leader Rhett Miller is at his most messed up best on the new hard luck song “Total Disaster,” the first track to be released from his upcoming solo LP, The Messenger. Continue reading “Rhett Miller is back with new album “The Messenger” – Listen”

RS Country look back at Old 97’s classic

A nice little piece up in RS Country this morning about an album which still sounds great twenty (!) years on. You can listen to the whole thing below. “We felt some kinship to the alt-rock scene of the early Nineties, but we wanted to do it on our own terms. We wanted to be able to love Hank Williams and love punk rock.” While this sentiment from Old 97’s frontman Rhett Miller isn’t a strange concept today, it was still a relatively underground idea when he and his bandmates unleashed their raw-and-rowdy major label debut Too Far to Care 20 years ago this month ­– and helped birth a whole new subgenre in the process. Continue reading “RS Country look back at Old 97’s classic”