Video Spotlight: Rhett Miller at SXSW 2014

Written by Rory Burbeck | Friday, Jul 11, 2014

Rock and roll’s been very, very good to Rhett Miller, frontman of Dallas-based alt-country band Old 97’s. In fact, Miller states this verbatim in the opening track of Old 97’s newest record Most Messed Up titled “Longer Than You’ve Been Alive” (shown above). He recently described the track to ABQ Journal: “It’s sort of a thesis statement not just for this record, but for my life’s work.”

Rhett Miller has been the frontman of Old 97’s since the band formed in 1993. The group has released ten studio albums over the last 21 years and is seen as one of the pioneers of the late 1990s alt-country movement, which includes Wilco and Drive-By Truckers. Miller is playing several dates with Old 97's throughout late July and early August.

During the SXSW Music Festival this past March, Miller graced the Radio Day Stage at the Austin Convention Center with an acoustic set of Old 97’s tunes. We released three videos from that performance this week on YouTube. Watch “Longer Than You’ve Been Alive” above; “The Is The Ballad” and “A State of Texas” are also available.