Rhett Miller with The Dunwells- 1/9
at City Winery New York City
Rhett Miller is an accomplished guitarist and lyricist and continues to produce moving and pointed songs about the human condition. Shifting seamlessly from love worn odes to solemn recounts of loss, the songwriter is able to craft compelling story lines that reward and enrich the audience.
ABOUT RHETT MILLER
Texan Rhett Miller is best known as lead singer/guitarist for Dallas' alt-country band the Old 97's. The Old 97's, formed in 1993, issued their debut LP, Wreck Your Life, in 1995. Their follow-up, Fight Songs, was issued in 1999; the same year, the early-1994 recording Hitchhike to Rhome was reissued on CD, and the mini-album Early Tracks delivered more of the same in 2000. Their 2001 release, Satellite Rides, gained critical acclaim as well as substantial airplay on college radio stations around the United States.
Miller has also had a successful music career away from the Old 97's. He recorded his first solo album, Mythologies, in 1989. Future Old 97's bassist and songwriter Murry Hammond produced the album, which was a series of acoustic folk songs. Miller and Hammond also perform as the Ranchero Brothers; a group that started as Miller and Hammond's way to test new music for the Old 97's in front of a live audience as a two-man acoustic duo. The Ranchero Brothers developed their own following, however, and hit the studios to record an album of their own in May of 2000.
In February of 2002, Miller began recording his second solo album, this time with the help of producer/multi-instrumentalist Jon Brion. The Instigator appeared nearly seven months later. Critics loved Miller's lush, passionate songs, allowing The Instigator to become a favorite among the press. A tour with ex-Crowded House frontman Neil Finn followed in early 2003. Believer, his first release for Verve, arrived in February of 2006.
His most recent album, Rhett Miller, was released in June 2009 (Shout! Factory), and includes Jon Brion on guitar and bass, The Apples In Stereo’s John Dufilho on drums and Billy Harvey on guitar. Upon the album's release, Rolling Stone called it Miller's "strongest solo set ever." "I Need To Know Where I Stand" is the first single from the album, and was available for listen on Miller's MySpace page several weeks before the release of the album.
ABOUT THE DUNWELLS
Utterly natural. There’s no more fitting description for both the music of The Dunwells as well as the story of their magical rise from the pubs of Leeds, England to an American record deal and a stunning debut album in just two short years.
The group is two brothers, two cousins and totalling five best mates who simply love to sing and play music, and do so together. When they make music, the results exemplify the equation that the sum of the parts can be even greater than the whole. Striking an organic blend between acoustic and electric roots music laced by luscious vocal harmonies by all five members, their songs and sound feel both bracingly fresh while at the same time as warm and familiar as a dear long-time friend.
Blind Sighted Faith, the debut album on Playing In Traffic Records, is a timeless yet contemporary collection of 11 captivating and indelible numbers that transcend genres to offer a fresh, richly rooted harvest of listening pleasure.