Wheels Off with Rhett Miller

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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.

Episode Date
026 - Ben Acker: Writer

On this episode, Rhett visits one of his favorite people and best friends, Ben Acker. From Ben's apartment in Los Feliz, the two discuss the joy in what connects us, how work can be play, and the importance of working on yourself. Special appearance by Stephen, Ben's dog whose name is not spelled with a "v."

Dec 10, 2019
025 - Gordon Keith: Writer and Broadcaster

From an Airstream in Northern Texas, Rhett and Gordon Keith talk about writing short stories, how to keep content fresh, and they discuss Gordon's writing instrument fetish (he has 300 to 400 typewriters in storage).

Nov 26, 2019
024 - Harlan Coben: Award winning crime novelist

On this episode, Rhett goes to New Jersey to speak with award winning crime novelist Harlan Coben. The two discuss how every good writer thinks they are a bad writer, the distractions of modernity, and the magic power of Ubers.

Nov 12, 2019
023 - Carl Newman: New Pornographers

Rhett visits New Pornographers frontman Carl Newman's at his home in Woodstock, New York. Carl tells Rhett how he ended up becoming a lead singer, the importance of not letting personal happiness be contingent upon success, and more.

Oct 29, 2019
022 - Ted Leo: Singer, Songwriter and Multi-Instrumentalist

In this episode of Wheels Off, Ted Leo joins Rhett in the studio the day after the final show of an 8-city tour. The two talk about what they think about while on stage (not what you’d think), Ted's early beginnings playing hardcore, and his podcast "Th

Oct 29, 2019
021 - Rachel Yamagata: Singer-Songwriter

In this episode, Rhett joins Rachael on the front porch of her home in Woodstock, NY. Against the sonic backdrop of crickets, Rachael tells Rhett about planning her upcoming tour while also writing a new record, balancing life as an artist and more.

Oct 01, 2019
020 - Norbert Leo Butz Singer and Actor

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.

Sep 17, 2019
019 - Ryan Miller: Musician (Guster)

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”.

Sep 02, 2019
018 - Allison Moorer: Musician and Writer

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.’

Aug 20, 2019
017 - Christopher Harris: Fantasy Football expert and novelist

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

Aug 06, 2019
016 - John Darnielle: Musician (Mountain Goats) and Novelist

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

Jul 23, 2019
015 - Greg Behrendt: Comedian, Musician and Writer

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.

Jul 08, 2019
014 - Jen Kirkman: Stand-up Comedian, Writer, and Author

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.

Jun 24, 2019
013 - Paul F. Tompkins: Writer and Comedian

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.

Jun 11, 2019
012 - Michael Chabon: Pulitzer-prize winning author

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.

May 27, 2019
011 - Trapper Schoepp: Singer-Songwriter

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.

May 14, 2019
010 - Kyle Kinane: Comedian and Actor

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.

Apr 30, 2019
009 - Lydia Loveless: Singer | Songwriter

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, Jason Isbell, Iron & Wine, and Drive-By-Truckers. Her music has been praised by Rolling Stone, NPR, Pitchfork, SPIN, Stereogum, Chicago Tribune, and more. She was the subject of the 2016 documentary Who Is Lydia Loveless?, directed by Gorman Bechard.

Apr 16, 2019
008 - John McCrea: Founder, Lead Singer, and Songwriter for the band Cake

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 he’d give his 21-year old self and John determines that he believes you’re supposed to have problems. The two talk about how that applies to parenting, and why it’s important to just figure things out for yourself.

Apr 02, 2019
007 - Brian Anderson: Milwaukee Brewers, MLB, NBA, NCAA and PGA Golf Sportscaster

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.

Mar 19, 2019
006 - Eric Howk - Grammy Winning Guitarist: Portugal. The Man

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.

Mar 05, 2019
005 - Aaron Draplin: Graphic Designer, Author, and Founder of Draplin Design Co.

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

Feb 19, 2019
004 - Will Forte: Emmy-Nominated Actor, Comedian, Writer and Producer

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.

Feb 05, 2019
003 - Rob Thomas: (Matchbox 20) Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer and Multi-Instrumentalist,

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.

Jan 23, 2019
002 - Fred Armisen: Actor, Comedian, Writer, Producer and Musician

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

Jan 23, 2019
001 - Rosanne Cash: Singer-Songwriter and Author

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

Jan 23, 2019
Introduction to Wheels Off with Rhett Miller

Old 97s frontman Rhett Miller interviews musicians, actors, comics, writers and artists from all disciplines about the messy reality behind the creative life.

Jan 19, 2019
Introduction to Wheels Off with Rhett Miller

Old 97s frontman Rhett Miller interviews musicians, actors, comics, writers and artists from all disciplines about the messy reality behind the creative life.

Jan 19, 2019