Rhett Miller Release
"The songs on The Believer are about sex, war, love and death...but mostly sex." Miller says. "Before going into the studio, I thought I'd be making a punk rock Ziggy Stardust, but I wound up with George Gershwin does T. Rex's The Slider."
The Believer was produced by George Drakoulias (Black Crowes, The Jayhawks, Tom Petty), and features an all-star cast of musicians including guitarist Lyle Workman (Sheryl Crow, Beck), drummer Matt Chamberlain (Pearl Jam, Tori Amos, David Bowie), multi-intsrumentalist Jon Brion (Kanye West, Fiona Apple), keyboardist Patrick Warren (Aimee Mann) and Gary Louris of The Jayhawks on background vocals. Rachel Yamagata lends a hand as well.
Miller continues to balance his solo endeavors with his membership in the Old 97's. The still-active quartet has released seven albums since 1994, and is prominently featured in the soon-to-be-released Jennifer Aniston/Vince Vaughn romantic comedy The Breakup.
Along with labelmates on the re-launched Verve Forecast label Brazilian Girls, Lizz Wright, Jamie Cullum, Susan Tedeschi, Teddy Thompson and others, Rhett Miller joins a fine tradition of legendary artists emanating from Verve including Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention, The Velvet Underground, and the Righteous Brothers just to name a few.
Miller and his new band will be on tour for most of 2006 -- more details to come soon.