Sometimes, things just work out perfectly. I don't usually make a big deal of my birthday, prefer to ignore it. But when I saw shows from two of my favorites, Rhett Miller and Barenaked Ladies (coming up on 5/31), cropping up around that time, I couldn't help but view it as the best birthday present ever! A solo Rhett show is a beautiful thing, and he was totally on at Shady Grove, part of the Unplugged series. It's a free show, always packed, and Rhett puts on the highest energy acoustic show you'll ever see. He's been in the studio with his bandmates in Old 97's, working on their newest release, tentatively titled "The Grand Theater" and planned for an October release. Treating the crowd to a couple of new songs (see below) and lots from across his almost two decade catalog, he sweated it out for the better part of 2 hours. Highlights for me were Jagged, as always, Singular Girl and Come Around - and I love the new stuff. He soldiered through a few audio difficulties at the venue, jumping out on the lawn to play a literally unplugged song, then at the end, pulled his mic down into the crowd to wrap things up with Timebomb. If you want to see someone who really knows how to work a crowd, check out Rhett Miller anytime he's nearby. Not coming to your city? Then plan a trip around one of his shows. You won't be disappointed.
Nobody Says I Love You, Anymore
The Grand Theater - preview of a new Old 97's song!