Sadly, all good things must come to an end. And so February marked the third and final TFTC Anniversary tour which wound its way through the south, beginning at Mardi Gras in NOLA and ending on a very high note at the Blue Light Live in Lubbock, TX.
I had the great fortune to see this show three times in three different cities, exhilarated by the exceptional setlist every night. My throat was sung raw, my thighs burned from dancing and my spirit soared from the first muscling chord of Time Bomb to the last lingering note of… Time Bomb.
I had a blast, and by your tweets and posts on social media, so did you all. How could you not, right?
We haven’t done a round up in a while, so we thought we’d share some of the great press from this final leg. As always, these links will also be archived in the forum media sticky.
Alli Marshall from Mountain Xpress had an opportunity to sit down with Rhett before soundcheck at The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC to discuss the band’s longevity, songwriting and other goodies.
Over in Tennessee, Stephen Deusner of the Memphis Flyer had this to say about Too Far To Care:
“What’s remarkable is just how well that album has aged. The Old 97’s were one of the best and most influential bands of the alt-country movement, but rather than sounding stuck in a particular moment in the 1990s, these songs retain their urgency, their wit, their exquisite heartbreak. It’s a landmark Texas rock album, albeit an outlier in that state’s rock history: Rather than embracing the redneck-hippie country-rock pioneered by artists like Willie Nelson and Jerry Jeff Walker, the Old 97s clung to their twerp-punk roots, with Miller (often outfitted in a buzzcut and oversized thick-frame glasses) playing the perpetual loser role, sacrificing dignity for women and alcohol.”
You can further read about this and other “sound advice” here.
Kevin Hyde wrote of the Louisville show at Headliners Music Hall:
“Their packed, Sunday night performance at Headliner’s Music Hall in Louisville was so euphoric and ridiculously crowd pleasing that it felt like—God forbid—a grand farewell or victory lap. Let’s hope not, because this group clearly has plenty left in the tank… Since its release, Too Far To Care has had the cool distinction of being both a fan favorite and a band favorite, and the songs still ring with the same ferocious urgency, humor and sexual frustration that they did a decade and a half ago. That was back when Miller loved to write songs about getting together with the wrong girl, or getting together with the right girl in the wrong way.”
After the evening’s burning hot performance by our favorite foursome, Kevin noted one fan’s exiting comment, “I think my face melted.” Who among us hasn’t had that happen. You can read the entire article here.
And finally, the first paragraph of New Slang’s Editor-in-Chief, Thomas Mooney, perfectly sums up how most of us feel about this magnificent seminal album by the band we all adore:
“Every so often, an album is released that just sticks with you. It never leaves. The CD is in your car. It’s on your phone. You’ve been able to memorize the lyrics in a matter of days. You remember the first time you heard it. You show it to your friends–and more often than not, it becomes one. Memories attach themselves to specific songs and lines. They stick out and shine a little brighter than the rest. You feel an automatic connection with others who have done the same. You turn it up as loud as possible and dance around the house alone. You don’t sing along, you scream along (So much that I’m actually not even able to write this article and listen to it at the same time since it’s so distracting).
That’s “Too Far to Care” for me.”
Thomas’ entire interview with Rhett is here.
TFTC may be over, but the guys jump back in the Sprinter and hit the Northeast next month, including four gigs with Drive-By Truckers. See you on the road!
(feature photo courtesy of fellow wrecker, Meanjeen; other photos courtesy Rubato Photo)