Our guest today is one Brittany Valint, who is no stranger to the program. Previously, we dissected Ben Kweller’s 2002 record Sha Sha, which you can listen to in Episode 70. Brittany is someone who I’ve gotten to know a little more over the past year and I’m so proud to call her a friend. She makes up one-half of the atmospheric project known as Wall of Trophies with her co-conspirator Will Copps, and also pens songs under her own moniker, Brittany Jean.
This time around, Brittany has selected The Instigator, – the second solo album from Rhett Miller, front man of the legendary band known as Old 97’s. The Instigator, which was released on Elektra back on September 24, 2002, is chock-full of excellent artists in their own right alongside Rhett, including multi-instrumentalist and producer Jon Brion, percussionist Lenny Castro, X’s John Doe, drummer Joshua Freese, songwriter/artist David Garza, legendary artist Robyn Hitchcock, Jim Keltner on drums, touring and session drummer Dan Mac Carroll on drums(Aimee Mann, Sheryl Crow and others), and vocalists Karen Kilgarriff and Chrissy Guerrero.
We take our conversation “track x track” and Brittany sprinkles in a few personal stories about seeing Rhett performing solo at The Kennedy Center in DC, and on one frigid night at Starr Hill in Charlottesville, VA. Enjoy!