Rhett Miller at Shank Hall
Rhett Miller is HOT. Even when he is sweaty and trying to get drunk, he is so cute you want to fold him up and tuck him into your back pocket. And maybe pet him once in a while.
What makes him even cuter? He sings the sweetest songs, can do that little elbow-windmill guitar thing, AND is a Packers fan! (Evidenced by his emerald green shirt and the yellow and green stage lights at Shank Hall on Sunday.) He said it himself: a few friends took him to Lambeau Field to watch the Packers win (hence the green shirt, maybe). Go Farve!
It was that kind of night, one where Miller talked to the intimate crowd about between drinking
whiskey something Irish that he called wine (“so I can drink more of it,” he said), and rocking out to a crowd at a sit-down venue wasn’t insanely weird.
He sang “Question” partly in French (“the women love it”) he said, and there were more stories told — about his wife’s Lasik surgery, about being on tour. There were also updates about the Old 97s.
Apparently the Old 97s are going into the studio soon; he sang a few new songs that he hopes will be in the new album (if the “ornery bastards” in his band like them, he said, laughing. “They used to be hornery, but now they’re just ornery.”).
The new album will be out by spring, during which Miller will be back in Milwaukee with everyone in the Old 97s. Maybe then, everyone will get on their feet and dance.
(Note: I copied this list off the girl who asked Miller for his set list, but it may not be wholly accurate because I remember him singing “Four Eyed Girl” and it’s not in here, and I’m pretty sure “Big Brown Eyes” came out earlier in the set. So here Miller’s set list in spirit.)
My Two Feet
No Baby I
This Is What I Do
Help Me, Suzanne
The New Kid
King Of All The World
Big Brown Eyes