Miller's a talented and charismatic guy and his songs often deliver a bright pop punch. Today's track is a bit darker, though.
"Out of Love" is an advance track from Miller's sixth solo album, "The Dreamer," set for a June 5 release. The tune finds the roots rocker in a minor-key mood, singing atop Western noir guitar twang mixed with howling pedal steel. He offers the confession, "I'm only happy when I'm singing a sad, sad song."
It's deliciously sour.
To download the song, go here and click the downward arrow on the player.
Miller was recently at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, and today he's launching a tour in New York City. As you can see from the press release below, his only scheduled Virginia date is a June 4 show at Jammin Java in Vienna.
RHETT MILLER SET TO RELEASE THE DREAMER JUNE 5
FEATURES ROSANNE CASH, RACHAEL YAMAGATA, JERRY MAROTTA
FIRST TRACK, "OUT OF LOVE," AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED
Rhett Miller has announced the release of his new album, The Dreamer, on June 5. The Dreamer was produced by Miller himself and will be released on his very own Maximum Sunshine Records, distributed by The Orchard. The album features guest appearances by singers Rosanne Cash and Rachael Yamagata, as well as additional percussion by Jerry Marotta (Peter Gabriel). The band on the record is Miller's touring group, the Serial Lady Killers. This is the second release on his label, the first being 2011's The Interpreter - Live at Largo. The first single from the record, "Out of Love," is now available for download HERE. Bloggers, feel free to post and share.
The Dreamer is Miller's sixth solo record and represents the first time he has ever self-produced. In the past, Miller's solo efforts were dramatically different from his work with Old 97's. While the band's songs are often steeped in Americana and country, the solo records have always been decidedly more rock and pop affairs. Until now, as The Dreamer finds the Texas-bred, New York-based singer/songwriter marrying his two worlds like never before.
Says Milller, "I produced The Dreamer myself, a first for me, and had a very clear vision of what it should be -- an intimate, rootsy record that would bridge the gap between my work with the Old 97's and the solo albums I've made in the past. The Dreamer is all about simple American songs and instrumentation. It was a blast to make."
Rhett Miller will appear at SXSW this week, followed by a North American tour featuring both solo acoustic shows and shows with his band, Rhett Miller & The Serial Lady Killers.
Rhett Miller at SXSW:
3/15 - KGSR Live at the W Hotel - 8am (solo)
3/15 - Heartbreakers Banquet - 8:30pm (solo)
3/16 - Paste Party at Stage on Sixth - 2:30pm (full band)
3/16 - Orchard Party at Upstairs at Parkside - 5:30pm (full band)
3/16 - Cedar Street Courtyard - 12:00am (full band)
3/17 - Baeble party at Peckerheads - 7:00pm (solo)
3/23 - New York, NY - City Winery *
4/13 - Hudson, NY - Club Helsinki *
4/14 - Ithaca, NY - The Haunt *
4/21 - Houston, TX - Texas Crawfish Festival *
4/24 - Northampton, MA - Iron Horse *
5/12 - Woodstock, NY - Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble *
6/4 - Vienna, VA - Jammin Java ^
6/5 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe ^
6/6 - Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe ^
6/7 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell's ^
6/8 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom ^
6/9 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall ^
6/15 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah ^
6/16 - Hermosa Beach, CA - Sainte Rocke ^
6/17 - San Juan Capistrano, CA - The Coach House ^
6/18 - Los Angeles, CA - The Troubadour ^
6/19 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent ^
6/21 - Portland, OR - The Doug Fir ^
6/22 - Seattle, WA - Crocodile Cafe ^
* denotes Rhett Miller solo
^ denotes Rhett Miller & The Serial Lady Killers
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