Thursday, April 06, 2006

I Can Die Happy.


I took this picture. I should be a photographer. Not really.


Now the only thing I have to look forward to is June, when Rhett Miller indicated he will grace Atlanta again. My, my, this guy is one hell of a show. So nice to look at while he's strumming the guitar and mastering the obligatory leg kick, too. He opened up with one of my favorites off the new album The Believer, "My Valentine," and played the Jon Brion cover, "I Believe She's Lying" in addition to pretty much the rest of the album. My compadres were probably sick of me yelling out, "Oh my God, I love this song!" in a drunken slur by about the third song.

I haven't seen his original band, the Old 97s, but this was the next best thing until I do, because he threw in a couple of songs from their catalog including "Barrier Reef" and "Rollerskate Skinny." He got me all excited that he was going to play my all-time favorite "Designs on You" by mentioning the song, but it turns out he's just a tease. The set was long and everything I could've hoped for in the event of losing my "Rhett Virginity." He sounded incredible, as most do in Variety Playhouse, but really showcased his vocal ability when the band (The Believers) took a break and he played "Question" and a few other songs acoustically under a lone spotlight.

If you haven't checked him out yet, and I know I always say this, but you should. Rhett Miller is by far one of the best songwriters out there today, and you are really missing out if you don't at least give him a chance. It's become a sick obsession for me, but one that I embrace. Join me, won't you?


Another I took. Giggity.
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