From The Desk Of Rhett Miller: “Justified”

Rhett Miller cut his teeth with the alt-country Old 97’s, but years before the band released Too Far To Care, the catchiest and most compelling distillation of its cow-punk-meets-Brit-Invasion template, Miller put out his own little-heard first solo album, Mythologies. Now 2,800 miles from Dallas, where he got his start, Miller is a family man and has released his fifth studio album, The Dreamer. On all counts, the LP marks a return to basics for Miller after three studio albums that toned down the twang, ratcheted up the pop smarts and layered on the studio frills. Miller will be guest editing all week. Read our recent feature on him.

Miller: Elmore Leonard is my idol. I’ve read all his books, including the westerns, and I anticipate each new one with an almost religious fervor. So when a TV series comes along that’s based on his character Raylan Givens, I’m all in. And each season is better than the one before it. The villains get creepier; the one-liners get smarter. Nobody on TV is as cool as Timothy Olyphant on Justified. I don’t want to give any spoilers, so I won’t divulge specifics, but there was a moment during the climax of the third season’s finale during, which my step-dad George and I were screaming with glee. How many times does that happen anymore?

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