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 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.
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