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Melodies and Memories: Rhett Miller’s Intimate Evening at City Winery NYC

Photo: Ehud Lazin

Last night, City Winery NYC played host to an evening of raw emotion and musical craftsmanship as Rhett Miller took the stage. Known for his role as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the alternative country band Old 97's, Miller has carved out a substantial solo career that showcases his versatility and depth as a songwriter. Born in Austin, Texas, and raised in Dallas, Miller's music blends rock, country, and pop, delivering lyrics that are as witty as they are poignant. His voice, a distinctive blend of warmth and grit, filled the City Winery with a sense of familiarity and comfort.

One of the most striking aspects of Miller's performance was his storytelling. Between songs, he shared anecdotes that ranged from humorous to heartfelt, giving the audience a glimpse into the life experiences that fuel his songwriting. His ability to connect with the crowd on such a personal level added a layer of depth to the evening, transforming the concert into more than just a musical performance. The musicianship on display was impeccable. Miller's guitar playing was both nuanced and powerful, complementing his vocal delivery perfectly.

Miller's full-length album, "The Misfit," released by ATO Records exists in an enchanted dimension all its own, elegantly blurring the lines between psychedelia, dream-pop, and electronic-leaning indie-rock. Miller's ninth solo effort emerged from a charmed collaboration with his Hudson Valley neighbor Sam Cohen. While the album often wanders into decidedly cosmic terrain, Miller grounds each track with the vulnerable songwriting and unaffected vocal presence he's brought to the Old 97's for the last three decades. Fans can order the CD directly from Rhett's website at

Photos: Ehud Lazin

Rhett Miller's newest children's book, "The Baby Changing Station," is a whimsical and entertaining story that captures the imagination of young readers. Illustrated by Dan Santat, the book features colorful and dynamic illustrations that bring the narrative to life.The story revolves around a young boy who discovers a mysterious and magical baby-changing station that has the power to swap babies with various fantastical creatures. The book explores themes of adventure, sibling relationships, and the joys and challenges of family life. With its engaging storyline and charming illustrations, "The Baby Changing Station" is designed to delight children and parents alike, showcasing Miller's knack for storytelling and his ability to connect with a younger audience.

For those looking to dive deeper into Miller's creative world, he is hosting a "Songwriting is Magic" retreat from September 3-6, 2024, in Upstate New York. This inspiring week of fun and creativity will include workshops, seminars, group meals, special guests, and even a private show. You can register directly on his website at




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