Rhett Miller, musician and frontman for the Old 97s, hosts “Wheels Off” a show about the messy reality of the creative life. Conversations with musicians, writers, artists, actors, and comedians about the pivotal moments that shaped their work, what it means to create in a digital age and grapple with the challenges, and the joy, of living a creative life.
046: Duane Betts from The Allman Betts Band
Duane Betts is a singer-songwriter and guitarist for The Allman Betts Band. Duane joins Rhett to talk about recording the new Allman Betts album “Bless Your Heart” and what he’s been up to while quarantined in Wyoming. Duane tells Rhett why he originally wanted to be a drummer, how he manages stress and the feeling of imposter syndrome, and shares some of the lessons he learned from his father, musician Dickey Betts.
045: World Cafe's RAINA DOURIS
Award-winning radio personality Raina Douris joins Rhett to talk about her career in radio, the interviewing techniques she’s learned over the years, and how she builds trust with her guests. Raina tells Rhett about her dalliance with acting, the time she interviewed Willie Nelson, and why interviewing helps her live in the moment.
044: Singer-songwriter CHUCK PROPHET
From his home in San Francisco, singer-songwriter Chuck Prophet joins Rhett to talk about how he’s been spending his time during the pandemic, why songwriting shouldn’t be explained, and the story behind the artwork on his forthcoming album. The two discuss the overlap between comedy and music, and Chuck vividly recounts the early days of the San Francisco punk rock scene.
043: Singer-Songwriter Zach Rogue
In this episode, Rhett talks with indie rock singer-songwriter and leader of the band Rogue Wave, Zach Rogue. Zach tells Rhett about the new album he just finished and recalls the early days of his career when he went from a professional in the tech industry to a professional musician.
042: The American Songster, Dom Flemons
In this episode of Wheels Off, Rhett chats with multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and music historian Dom Flemons. They talk about what went into the recent reissue of his album Prospect Hill, his deep knowledge of music history and why he’s mindful of the message behind music he performs. Dom tells Rhett about the experiences he had as a busker that taught him about attracting an audience, and why he advocates for “taking it easy” when you can.
041: Billions Showrunner Brian Koppleman
Writer and showrunner Brian Koppelman joins Rhett to talk about working in the music industry in his early 20’s and the breakthrough that led him to becoming a full time writer. He tells Rhett about his writing process, why meditation is so important to his creativity, and how songwriting has been his ‘salvation’ during the pandemic crisis.
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Honest and entertaining interviews with interesting artists, even if you don’t know them beforehand they are intriguing to learn about. Rhett’s a genuinely curious and thoughtful interviewer- he goes deep but keeps it light, down to earth, with no pretensions.
Great podcast for aspiring songwriters
Great for aspiring songwriters. Also for people like me who just enjoy the creative process whether it is song, books, poetry. I can recommend it for anyone because it’s just darn interesting
Enjoyed the podcast from 04/14/2020 immensely. I subsequently subscribed. If you do not know Rhett's music (solo or Old 97's), do yourself a favor and dive in the deep end.