Aidin Vaziri | Rhett Miller, a vastly underrated singer-songwriter and occasional front man for the Old 97’s, is playing a brief solo acoustic tour. Calling from his home in New York’s Hudson Valley, Miller said fans can expect to hear plenty of favorites from the past 15 years as well as songs from his forthcoming self-titled solo album, a work he calls intensely personal. “I think it’s fantastic,” he said. “Of course, I’m still in the middle of it, so I have no perspective.”
Q: Are your relationships as messed up as the ones in your songs?
A: You haven’t heard the new record yet. The really tough times from my late 20s and early 30s are still very fresh in my memory, and I have no trouble drawing on that well of anguish and heartbreak. But the murders are all fiction – I have alibis.
Q: Lots of critics have said that you’re too good-looking to have any relationship problems.
A: That’s nice. I’ll take it. It is what it is. It’s like if you live in a nice house, you always want a nicer house. I got my heart broken, too. Maybe it was by a girl slightly better looking than most of the critics out there are used to, present company excepted.
Q: You’re married to supermodel Erica Iahn. Is that as tough as it sounds?
A: She’s in the room, so I can’t say. Continue reading.