Rhett Miller of the Old 97s To Play in Troy, NY with Belle-Skinner Sept. 17

Rhett Miller of the Old 97s To Play in Troy, NY with Belle-Skinner Sept. 17

Rhett Miller will perform a solo set, featuring work from his latest, eighth full-length release The Messenger, at Hangar on the Hudson in Troy Sept. 17. The performance, featuring an opening set by Brooklyn by Capital Region NY artist Belle-Skinner, will start at 8 PM.

Miller has been playing in the alternative music scene since the early ’90s with his alt-country band Old 97s. Over the years, the group has been praised by the likes of Rolling Stone and New York Times as a band that “gradually transformed from pioneers of alt-country to one of the sleekest and winningest power pop bands around.”

In his latest artistic iteration, released in 2018, Miller says he is playing fast and loose.

“I wanted this record to be less safe. I wanted to put myself in the hands of a producer who was going to do things that I didn’t expect; I wanted to perform with people I didn’t know and be surprised by what they came up with. And all of that really came to pass.”

The artist has also released another album with Old 97s, who is on a quick tour through Texas, Pennsylvania and Illinois from Sept. 24-Nov. 12. Miller also wrote his first book, “No More Poems! A Book in Verse That Just Gets Worse.” The book is written in the style of poet Shel Silverstein, “bringing a fresh new twist to the classic dilemmas of childhood as well as a perceptive eye to the foibles of modern family life.”

Indie folk opener Belle-Skinner will perform her set of siren songs to woo the evening’s audience. The artist has been playing all around the Capital Region and Hudson Valley. She released her latest single, “It Must Be Spring,” in May of this year as well as a collection of her tape sessions, There Grows a Tree in Paradise at Albany’s Onlyness Analog in December 2020.

Tickets are $25.

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