Rhett Miller & Old 97’s

I was into this band Old 97’s years ago, and I even liked frontman Rhett Miller‘s 2002 solo album, The Instigator, a lot, but then I got distracted by other music and lost track of them.

Nice surprise, then, to come across some videos from a recent in-studio appearance by Rhett at KEXP in Seattle, to find myself really enjoying them, and to remember how much I like Rhett as a songwriter and performer.

Since I’ve been a huge Bob Dylan fan for something like 30 years, it was especially fun to hear the song Champaign, Illinois, from Old 97’s new album The Grand Theatre, Volume One, which is described in this clip as having been inspired by Dylan’s song Desolation Row.

And for those of you not familiar with Old 97’s, here’s the whole band in action.

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