Join us on Sat Jan 5 for Rhett Miller live in concert! His new solo album, “The Messenger” came out this past November. Rhett is a world renowned alt-country musician & front man of the popular Texas band the Old 97’s.
“Rhett Miller was a folkie of sorts before co-launching country-punk-pop heroes Old ‘97s, and befitting a Texan raised in country music’s cradle, he’s got a knack for perfectly-turned lines. “Did I lose you at ‘I love you’?,” he sings on his latest solo set, as immaculately plainspoken as a Harlan Howard or pre-LSD Beatles song….Like his prior solo LPs (The Instigator, The Dreamer, The Believer, The Traveler), The Messenger highlights Miller’s writing uncoupled from the speeding locomotive of the ‘97s, and the vibe this time is especially reflective. “I Used To Write In Notebooks” is a Beatle-esque chronicle of time’s passage via technology and personal psychology; in similar spirit, “Close Most of The Time” dissects life from age 17 to 29 via cars (including a white ’69 Ranchero that “almost ran”) and similarly dysfunctional relationships. It’s the unsparing sound of a dude of a certain age looking in the mirror, and the fact the album is framed by first person mea-culpas titled “Total Disaster” and “Broken,” respectively, tells you all you need to know about what said dude sees. To his credit, he owns every bit of it, and as confessionals, they’re so hooky and well-calibrated, they feel like absolutions even when they don’t sell themselves as such. One imagines it’s been informed by years of therapy. If so, the shrinks certainly earned their fees, and Miller’s songwriting’s the richer for it.”
–The Rolling Stone
10% of proceeds will be donated to P.U.G.G:
P.U.G.G (Pop-up Gallery Group), is an after school arts based work/study program in midtown Kingston. P.U.G.G. was originally funded through a partnership with the City of Kingston and the Kingston City School District. P.U.G.G. transforms empty storefronts into gallery spaces, providing Kingston High School artist alumni opportunities to exhibit their work locally.
Come back to Unison then next day, Sun Jan 6 at 4 PM to finish off the first weekend of 2019 with local artist, Ryan Cronin for a wine & cheese opening reception!