Old 97’s frontman Rhett Miller hits solo groove with ‘The Traveler’

Rhett Miller‘The Traveler’
Rhett Miller (ATO)
4 stars out of 5

As a big fan of alt-country stalwarts The Old 97’s, it took me a surprisingly long time to warm to the solo work of frontman Rhett Miller. I started coming around with 2009’s self-titled album and moved another step in that direction with 2012 release “The Dreamer.” Miller has finally gotten me completely aboard with stellar new slab “The Traveler.”

Rhett Miller CDEnlisting help from Portland collective Black Prairie and alt-rock icons Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey, Miller has crafted his most consistently enjoyable solo effort to date.

“I fell in love with the band Black Prairie during a tour we did together a couple of years ago,” Miller says. “Since then, I have been looking for an excuse to get into a studio with them. When the 97’s finished our most recent album, ‘Most Messed Up,’ and I looked at the stack of songs I had left over, I realized they would be perfect for a collaboration with Black Prairie.”

There aren’t any misfires on a 12-track, 46-minute release that really finds its groove on second track “Jules” and Miller continues to soar on “Most in the Summertime,” “Kiss Me on the Fire Escape,” “Dreams Vs. Waking Life,” “Wicked Things” and “Reasons to Live.” Here’s hoping that he and Black Prairie will team up again in the very near future. (Jeffrey Sisk)


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