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Old 97's Frontman Rhett Miller Blows Out Voice, Cancels Band's Concerts

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 13:  Rhett Miller of the Old 97s performs during the 2011 Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival at
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 13: Rhett Miller of the Old 97s performs during the 2011 Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival at Golden Gate Park on August 13, 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/WireImage)

It's been a long week for Old 97's frontman Rhett Miller, who blew out his voice at a concert on Sunday and is unable to speak.

Miller tweeted Thursday that he is suffering from "full-blown hemorrhaged vocal cords," which he called "very painful." He is on vocal rest for a week.

As a result, the Old 97's are forced to cancel their upcoming shows in the Hudson Valley. Miller, 42, does apparently see one upside to his brief hiatus: "More tweeting!"

Miller's vocal problems occurred following a show in the band's hometown of Dallas, where the Old 97's performed a 20th-anniversary concert at the Barley House.

Miller, who is also a successful solo artist, has been with the Old 97's since their formation in 1993. In 2005, Blender ranked the alt-country band's most successful single, "Murder (Or A Heart Attack)," No. 176 on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born.

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