Archive for December, 2016

OLD 97’s NEW ALBUM ‘GRAVEYARD WHISTLING’ TO BE RELEASED FEBRUARY 24TH 

LISTEN + SHARE “GOOD WITH GOD” FEAT. BRANDI CARLILE

2017 TOUR BEGINS FEBRUARY 25TH 

How’s that for good news?

With over twenty years and ten albums to their name, Texas alt-country stalwarts Old 97’s are excited to be releasing their eleventh LP, Graveyard Whistling via ATO Records. Courtesy of Rolling Stone Country, listen + share the first track “Good with God” which features Grammy-nominated singer Brandi Carlile as the voice of God.

“It’s not bad company—her, George Burns, and Morgan Freeman,” jokes lead singer and songwriter, Rhett Miller.

 The album was recorded in the same Tornillo, Texas studio as their major label debut back in 1996, Too Far To Care. The band also still contains its original four members – Miller, guitarist Ken Bethea, bassist Murry Hammond, and drummer Philip Peeples.

“The time-travel element can’t be overstated,” says the singer. “It was a beautiful feeling of completing a circle—we’re the same people, but we had grown so much as band mates and friends. It really made me believe in the power of experience and that you do get better with time.”

While there are new collaborators on Graveyard Whistling, including Nicole Atkins and Butch Walker, there aren’t more than a handful of bands in history who can claim to have an intact, unchanged line-up as they approach twenty-five years together. There is, of course, no real blueprint or rulebook for sustaining the kind of chemistry that Miller, Bethea, Hammond, and Peeples enjoy.

“I think our longevity can be attributed primarily to our friendship and ability to overcome those moments when egos want to overtake and obliterate everything in their path,” says Miller. “We experienced the hype of the old business model, with all of its excess and idiocy, and also the deconstruction of that model and the advent of the new world, and been able to maintain a fundamental love for each other.

On vinyl, Graveyard Whistling will be released with four different cover color options – red, blue, green and silver – with four matching vinyl colors in translucent red, translucent blue, translucent green, and clear. You can pre-order the album physically or digitally now, and check out Old 97’s 2017 tour dates.

Also, check out the post at Rolling Stone Country.

 

Revisiting 2016

December 6, 2016

Whaddup Wreckers?

Can you believe we’re at the precipice of present procurement, engrossed in the maelstrom of capitalism, and just plain old swamped in holiday prep? How could the year have careened by so quickly?

While we wait patiently for the new album, Graveyard Whistling to drop some time in February, we thought it might be fun to look back at some of the high points from this year.

January was all about the Mexican sun, sand and tacos of Todos Santos. The guys spent a weekend hanging out and performing with fellow rock legends Jeff Tweedy, Gary Louris and the ringmaster of this jam fest, Peter Buck, to name a few. It’s a toss up who had more fun, the fans witnessing these stellar collaborations or the band friends.

gathering at Todos Santos with "what's left of Peter Buck"

gathering at Todos Santos with “what’s left of Peter Buck”

February’s focus was on recording the follow up to Most Messed Up in Tornillo, Tx, the birthplace of Too Far to Care. You can read all about the sessions and new producer Vance Powell here.

April brought to fruition the first-ever Old 97’s County Fair to downtown Dallas. Thousands came out for the artists’ booths, carnival games, and big-ass Ferris wheel. The full day of music included Madison King, Nikki Lane, Deer Tick, Justin Townes Earl, Lucero, Drive By Truckers capped off by a rousing set by our favorite foursome. There was collaboration amongst band members, too. Rhett sang with Madison and Deer Tick; Robert Ellis sat in with Nikki and Old 97’s; Patterson Hood and Nikki lent their talents to the 97’s set. It was a fantastic eleven hours of music. Here’s an article to prove it.

 

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The event was a resounding success!! The band were beaming all day long. We have it on good authority from Philip the second-annual Old 97’s County Fair will happen in April. The date and line-up are being finalized as I pen this tome. Keep an eye out for an announcement via the 97’s social media platforms. Believe me, you’re going to want to book passage to Dallas this coming spring.

With a release date set for 2017, the band played a smattering of mini tours throughout the country, introducing a new song or two at each show. Rhett toured extensively in 2016, treating fans to acoustic versions of Graveyard Whistling tracks. Depending on when you saw them/him you got a preview of She Hates Everybody (formerly Misanthrope–a terrific title I’m sorry to see dropped); the super fun Jesus Loves You; Bad Luck Charm; Irish Whiskey and Pretty Girls. Over the last couple of weeks, Rhett test drove All Who Wander and the bouncy Those Were The Days.

She Hates Everybody

Jesus Loves You

Irish Girls and Pretty Girls

Those Were The Days

February is going to be so awesome!!
In the words of our incomparable tour manager, Mike Dalke, #soblessed 🙂

Rhett has a couple more solo one-offs before they all convene in DC for their second New Year’s Eve Eve and New Year’s Eve extravaganza at the Hamilton. I was lucky to ring in 2015 with these magnificent Texans, and can tell you for certain YOU WANT TO BE THERE TO KISS THIS MISERABLE YEAR GOODBYE.

In the meantime, dates are starting to trickle in for next year. Keep an eye out for specifics on Twitter and Facebook. And how about this kick-ass publicity photo.

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And for those of you lucky enough to have booked passage on the Outlaw Cruise in February, enjoy your journey and please, drink responsibly. We’d like to have all of our Wrecker family members return safe and sound.

And one last link for some Holiday goodness courtesy of the Statesman.

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Have a Holly Jolly Christmas, y’all!