Rhett Miller came to my studio for a side-gig I was shooting. My friend Dave Bell hired me to shoot Rhett interviewing author, Tom Wolf. Tom was on a New York City PR swing promoting his book I Am Charlotte Simmons. Being that the novel is set on a modern day, college campus, Dave thought it would be fun to to get a well-loved and prominent alternative/college rock musician to interview Tom.
After the interview, I asked Rhett to stick around in hopes we could chat about his music and, perhaps, offer a performance. He obliged. In this interview, Rhett describes how he and his band, Old 97s, dealt with the harsh realities of a band hiatus and how making a solo album (The Insitigator) during the break factored into band dynamics. Don’t worry. It’s all good though. The band re-grouped eventually and had a 10-year anniversary. That’s ‘anniversary’ by the way — Not ‘reunion.’ Rhett moves on to talk about life as a musician and summarizes things with something his wife said, “You didn’t choose music Rhett. It chose you.”
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