By Eileen Tilson/ @tktalt_tn
Not only is Rhett Miller known for being one of the nicest, talented, long term musicians in Americana, I am also proud to call him a friend. With his fellow bandmates in the legendary Old 97’s, Americana not only stayed afloat, but become cooler….stronger. The Old 97’s didn’t breathe new life into the genre, they were the oxygen source. Back to Athens, to play in the world famous, 40 Watt on Jan. 20, Rhett joined us for our 5GB series to reminisce on some of his favorite all-time shows.
What was the first gig you ever went to?
My folks took me to see the Kingston Trio perform at a dinner theater in Dallas when I was eight years old. I remember wondering if they ever got tired of playing “Blowing In The Wind”. Eight years old and I was already pondering a career in music.
What is the best gig that you ever played/performed at?
Tonight’s gig? Last night’s gig? It’s impossible to say. I loved playing at the base of Mt. Fuji in front of 500,000 Japanese music lovers. But there have been so many great gigs.
What is the best gig you have ever been to?
Seeing Bowie play at Dallas’ Reunion Arena when I was a kid was huge for me. It was at that show that my desire to devote my life to writing and performing music crystallized.
Gig you would most like to play?
Given my and my band’s lack of presence in Europe, I’d have to say The Reading Festival or an All Tomorrow’s Parties festival.
What would be the lineup for your dream gig?
Radio City Music Hall. Solo acoustic. Opening for Lenny Bruce.
Catch the Old 97’s Saturday, Jan. 21 at the 40 Watt Athens, GA