Wheels Off with Rhett Miller-logo

Wheels Off with Rhett Miller

Music Podcasts >

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.

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.
More Information

Location:

United States

Description:

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.

Twitter:

@rhettmiller

Language:

English


Episodes

020 - Norbert Leo Butz Singer and Actor

9/16/2019
More
Rhett finds actor, singer and two-time Tony Award winner, Norbert Leo Butz, in the midst of a home renovation following a nonstop year that included an Emmy-nominated television series, Broadway show, series of independent films, and a record release.

Duration:00:47:33

019 - Ryan Miller: Musician (Guster)

9/2/2019
More
Rhett talks to the multitalented musician Ryan Miller, frontman of alternative band, Guster, and host of "Makin' Friends with Ryan Miller, a PBS series in which he travels around the state making friends with "high functioning weirdos”.

Duration:00:35:36

018 - Allison Moorer: Musician and Writer

8/20/2019
More
In this episode, Rhett sits down with Allison Moorer in her home library to discuss her new memoir and companion EP, authentic storytelling and making sense (and art) of one’s ‘mess.’

Duration:00:39:28

017 - Christopher Harris: Fantasy Football expert and novelist

8/5/2019
More
Rhett sits down with Fantasy Football expert and novelist Chris Harris to talk about his latest project, a novel about quitting the internet. Chris discusses balancing his writing life with his football podcast life, and why the connection with the commun

Duration:00:43:10

016 - John Darnielle: Musician (Mountain Goats) and Novelist

7/23/2019
More
John Darnielle is a musician and novelist best known as the primary member of the band the Mountain Goats. In this episode, Rhett sits down with John in Raleigh, NC. to talk about writing, the role-playing games that informed the new Mountain Goats album

Duration:00:55:58

015 - Greg Behrendt: Comedian, Musician and Writer

7/8/2019
More
In this episode of Wheels Off, Rhett sits down with comedian Greg Behrendt in Durham, NC. to talk about the difficulty of monetizing art, what he does at 4:30 every morning to spark creativity, and the fallacy of authenticity.

Duration:00:31:28

014 - Jen Kirkman: Stand-up Comedian, Writer, and Author

6/24/2019
More
Jen Kirkman is a stand-up comedian, writer, and author. In this episode, Rhett and Jen talk about playing Dungeons and Dragons as an adult, why it's important to keep track of what you wore on stage, and why you shouldn't brand yourself.

Duration:00:38:59

013 - Paul F. Tompkins: Writer and Comedian

6/10/2019
More
Rhett sits down with comedian Paul F. Tompkins while in L.A. to talk about writing, what he learned when he did improv with Jane Fonda, and why it’s important to try everything, even if it scares you.

Duration:00:42:00

012 - Michael Chabon: Pulitzer-prize winning author

5/27/2019
More
Rhett sits down with Pulitzer-prize winning author Michael Chabon at Chabon's home office in Berkeley, CA. to talk about writing, why imitation is key to finding your own voice, and the importance of working without the distraction of technology.

Duration:00:39:39

011 - Trapper Schoepp: Singer-Songwriter

5/13/2019
More
Rhett sat down with singer-songwriter Trapper Schoepp at Schoepp’s home in Milwaukee to talk about “Primetime Illusion”, his latest album. Schoepp explains the story behind “On Wisconsin”, the song he co-wrote with Bob Dylan.

Duration:00:35:17

010 - Kyle Kinane: Comedian and Actor

4/29/2019
More
Kyle Kinane, comedian and actor, joins Rhett in Pioneertown, CA to discuss his career as a stand up comic, dealing with writer’s block, staying humble, and zigzagging your way to success.

Duration:00:32:15

009 - Lydia Loveless: Singer | Songwriter

4/16/2019
More
Lydia Loveless ia a singer-songwriter from Ohio known for her “blast it to the back of the room” voice. She sat with Rhett while in Boston to talk about her early life as a musician, grappling with writer’s block and self-imposed obstacles, and that time she tried stand up comedy. She’s been writing and playing music since she was 14, and at the tender age of 28, is learning how to slow down and get comfortable with herself. Lydia has toured with artists such as the Old 97s, Supersuckers,...

Duration:00:22:49

008 - John McCrea: Founder, Lead Singer, and Songwriter for the band Cake

4/1/2019
More
John McCrea is the founder, lead singer, and songwriter for the band Cake. He’s also an activist and the Vice President of the Content Creators Coalition, an artist-run advocacy organization for musicians dedicated to working with songwriters, performers, and musicians for equity in the digital world. John sits down with Rhett to talk about the mathematics of mixing, new music from Cake, and how he keeps his creativity going after years of being an active musician. Rhett asks what advice...

Duration:00:25:01

007 - Brian Anderson: Milwaukee Brewers, MLB, NBA, NCAA and PGA Golf Sportscaster

3/19/2019
More
Brian Anderson is a sportscaster, recognized for his work calling Milwaukee Brewers games as well as postseason MLB games, NBA and NCAA tournament games, and PGA Golf. In the middle of NCAA season, he sat down with Rhett to talk about calling sporting events for a living.

Duration:00:35:51

006 - Eric Howk - Grammy Winning Guitarist: Portugal. The Man

3/4/2019
More
Rhett met up in Eric’s adopted hometown of Seattle to record this episode, and the two discuss writing accidental hits, how to combat insecurity, and the “secret sleeper towns” they find while on tour.

Duration:00:36:31

005 - Aaron Draplin: Graphic Designer, Author, and Founder of Draplin Design Co.

2/19/2019
More
Famed designer Aaron Drapler sits down with Rhett to discuss his hustle, intense work ethic, humility, and why hardship is great for us.

Duration:00:41:06

004 - Will Forte: Emmy-Nominated Actor, Comedian, Writer and Producer

2/4/2019
More
Comedian, actor, writer, and producer Will Forte joins Rhett in Los Angeles to talk about his life as a comedian, and the insanity that living a creative life can bring.

Duration:00:34:18

003 - Rob Thomas: (Matchbox 20) Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer and Multi-Instrumentalist,

1/23/2019
More
Matchbox Twenty frontman Rob Thomas on that one time he didn’t get to meet Prince, being recognized in the supermarket, and what it means to release a record in the digital age.

Duration:00:24:16

002 - Fred Armisen: Actor, Comedian, Writer, Producer and Musician

1/23/2019
More
Comedian Fred Armisen on being funny in Spanish, lucky breaks, and why failing when you’re young can serve you well.

Duration:00:33:36

001 - Rosanne Cash: Singer-Songwriter and Author

1/23/2019
More
Grammy winning artist Rosanne Cash on writing, wrestling with imposter syndrome, the importance of persistence, and the freedom to let yourself fall apart.

Duration:00:36:54