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April 27, 2009

Rhett Miller of the Old 97's Endorses Sierra Guitars!

Sierra Guitars is pleased to announce guitarist and singer/songwriter Rhett Miller of the Old 97’s as the newest endorser of Sierra Guitars! Rhett plays the Sierra Tahoe Jumbo guitar and Sierra Alpine Dreadnought guitar in Black.

After officially signing an agreement with Sierra Guitars earlier this month, Rhett Miller remarked, “I’m impressed with the tone and quality of Sierra guitars. They are beautiful!”

For almost ten years now, Rhett Miller has balanced a solo career with a band career, as both the leader of the rock band Old 97's and as an acclaimed singer-songwriter in his own right. Last year, the Old 97's released , released their seventh full-length studio album, Blame It On Gravity, on May 13, 2008. The still-active quartet was prominently featured in the Jennifer Aniston/Vince Vaughn romantic comedy, The Break Up.

Now, just a year later, Miller returns with his fourth solo record, the self-titled Rhett Miller. Earlier solo projects like The Instigator (2002) and The Believer (2006) found Miller exploring, respectively, the power-pop dimension of his work and the moodier ballad work. Rhett Miller continues in the latter direction, though it contains plenty of Miller's scalpel-sharp wordplay.

Despite Miller's interest in covering more sophisticated ground, plenty of the record goes straight for the pop-music jugular. The twelve songs on Rhett Miller were produced by Salim Nourallah, who also produced Blame It On Gravity. While the record was originally conceived as a spartan acoustic set, the list of contributing musicians soon blossomed: The Apples In Stereo's John Dufilho played drums, Billy Harvey contributed guitar, and the multi-instrumentalist Jon Brion also pitched in.

After a series of special summer dates with the Old 97s - the shows, billed as "An Evening With...," will open with a solo set by Miller featuring songs from the new record and his solo catalog - Miller is looking toward a fall tour. “After that I’m looking forward to playing these songs with a rock band to do justice to their scope and their energy.”

For information about Rhett Miller, visit his websites at: http://www.rhettmiller.com/ and http://www.myspace.com/rhettmiller







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