Rhett Miller – Rockers Too Sexy for Their Own Good
Rhett Miller might be as great a songwriter as Jeff Tweedy, Ryan Adams and the other members of the alt-country aristocracy, but for some reason, he doesn't quite command the same hushed-tone reverence. Might that reason be his pretty mug? The sometime Old 97s frontman looks more like a '70s teen idol than he does a grizzled shot-and-a-beer troubadour, but he's no lightweight. His songs are smart, moving and funny, and his gigantic power-pop hooks reveal him to be a learned student of what makes rock 'n' roll great. Fawn over him if you must, but underestimate him at your own peril.