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Rhett Miller reaches back to his roots for his brand of country-rock.

The Old 97s’ Rhett Miller plays a solo show at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck (2425 Norfolk St., 713.528.5999) Feb. 7.

Although he now calls upstate New York home, Austin-born, Dallas-raised Rhett Miller, 43, known best as the frontman of the Lone Star State alt-country band Old 97s, a longtime Houston fave, is never far from his roots. “I’m happy to be a seventh-generation Texan,” says the long and lean guitarist, who plays a much-anticipated stripped-down solo show at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck Feb. 7. Miller is touring through April, highlighting his brand of Americana-tinged country-western rock. In the spring, he’ll head back in the studio to complete a solo record and a new album with the group. Expect both efforts to be rife with warm thoughts of home and Texas references. Gimmicky? Nah. “If I sing about my hometown, it’s not jingoism, so much as simple pride.”