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 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.
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”.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.