Old 97’s announce holiday album; Rhett Miller announces solo album

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Old 97s | courtesy of the artist
Old 97’s | courtesy of the artist

News from Rhett Miller and his band Old 97’s comes two-fold today. First off, the alt-country veterans have shared that they’ll be getting into the holiday spirit a bit early this year with the announcement of Love The Holidays, their first album of original holiday songs, to be released on November 16. Additionally, Miller will release his next solo album, The Messenger, on November 9, making for a busy fall for both the solo performer and the band.

Miller will tour throughout the fall, both solo and with the band, and will perform as the opening act at most of Old 97’s headlining shows. As far as local shows go, he’ll play a solo show at Ardmore Music Hall on October 6, and return to town with Old 97’s for a Holiday Extravaganza show at the TLA on December 7, with Miller opening. Find more information on both shows on the XPN Concert Calendar.

Of The Messenger, Miller said in a press release:

“I wanted this record to be less safe. I wanted to put myself in the hands of a producer who was going to do things that I didn’t expect; I wanted to play with people I didn’t know and be surprised by what they came up with. And all of that really came to pass. That’s what you’re getting this record. You’re getting this locked-in rhythm section with a crazy, psychedelic guitar maestro playing along with me singing my songs about depression and insecurity.”

Listen to “Total Disaster,” the first single from Miller’s forthcoming solo album, below.

Old 97’S tour dates
9/19 – Winston-Salem, NC – The Ramkat
9/20 – Durham, NC – Motorco Music Hall
9/21 – Columbia, SC – The Senate
9/22 – Charlotte, NC – The Underground
9/23 – Bristol, TN – Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion (State Street Stage)
10/3 – Tempe, AZ – Coca-Cola Sun Deck at Sun Devil Stadium
11/28 – Seattle, WA – The Neptune w/Rhett Miller solo
11/29 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom w/Rhett Miller solo
11/30 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore w/Rhett Miller solo
12/1 – Los Angeles, CA – The Troubadour w/Rhett Miller solo
12/2 – Solana Beach, CA – The Belly Up w/Rhett Miller solo
12/6 – Richmond, VA – The National w/Rhett Miller solo
12/7 – Philadelphia, PA – TLA w/Rhett Miller solo
12/8 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live! w/Rhett Miller solo
12/9 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair w/Rhett Miller solo
12/13 – Asbury Park, NJ – The Wonder Bar w/Rhett Miller solo
12/14 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza w/Rhett Miller solo
12/15 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr Smalls w/Rhett Miller solo
12/29 – Dallas, TX – Statler Ballroom w/Rhett Miller solo
1/26 – Ponte Vedra, FL – Ponte Vedra Concert Hall w/Shooter Jenning

Rhett Miller tour dates
9/29 – Anchorage, AK – Sydney Laurence Theater
9/30 – Palmer, AK – Vagabond Blues
10/5 – Garwood, NJ – Crossroads
10/6 – Ardmore, PA – Ardmore Music Hall
10/20 – Oklahoma City, OK – Tower Theatre
10/24 – Tomball, TX – Main Street Crossing
10/25 – Abilene, TX – The Grace Museum Rooftop

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