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From the official press release:

OLD 97’S ACHIEVE CAREER HIGH CHART DEBUT WITH THE GRAND THEATRE VOLUME ONE

North American Tour Kicks Off In December Including A New Year’s Eve Show In The Band’s Hometown Of Dallas

October 25, 2010 – Los Angeles, CA – Old 97’s critically acclaimed new album, The Grand Theatre Volume One, debuted on the Billboard Top 200 with the bands highest chart position to date.  The record received a 7 out of 10 rating in Spin Magazine and 3 ½ stars in Rolling Stone with Twangville calling it “…one of this year’s best albums.”  The band spent release week in their home state of Texas introducing songs from the new record to enthusiastic audiences at packed shows and In-Store events in Dallas, Austin and Houston. Old 97’s, legendary for their blistering live performances, have added dates to their upcoming winter tour in support of The Grand Theatre Volume One, including a newly announced New Year’s Eve show in their hometown of Dallas, TX at the House of Blues. A full list of tour dates is below.

The Grand Theatre Volume One’s first single, “Every Night Is Friday Night (Without You),” which USA TODAY calls “part garage rock, part vintage British punk,” continues to climb on radio station playlists with increased spins each week. The new record was produced by Salim Nourallah (the band’s previous release, Blame It On Gravity) and engineered by Jim Vollentine (Spoon).

While recording The Grand Theatre Volume One, the band set out to capture the energy of their famous live performances.  They spent a week of pre-production recording the new songs completely live at the nearly 100-year-old (and reportedly haunted) Dallas venue Sons of Hermann Hall.  After deciding what new songs made the cut for proper studio recording, the band moved the production to Treefort Studios in Austin, TX.  Basic tracks for these studio sessions were recorded mostly live, resulting in an album that is as vibrant, immediate and sweat drenched as their praised live show.  Frontman Rhett Miller stated, “The Old 97’s have hit a great stride, found our second wind.  I feel like we found the secret to capturing the live energy people rave about after they see us play.”