Jefe here, with just a little behind-the-scenes news to share today. After over a decade I'm going to be stepping down from the day-to-day management of Old 97's social media and web presence. It's been a lot of fun and I've had a blast getting to know so many of you and sharing our passion for this great band over the years. I marvel sometimes at how lucky we are to have a group we love stay together this long and keep creating amazing music year after year. A huge thanks to Rhett, Ken, Murry and Philip for letting me
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The 6th voyage of The Outlaw Country Cruise is setting sail February 25 - March 3, 2022 and the lineup was announced today. And look at that, we're on it! We’re sailing from Miami, Florida and heading to Costa Maya, Mexico and Harvest Caye, Belize for a 6-night rumble on the high seas, packed full of legendary artists and SiriusXM Outlaw Country hosts. You can look forward to shows from Emmylou Harris & The Hot Band, Rodney Crowell, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle & the Dukes, **US** and so many more! JOIN THE PRESALE HERE >
Run Out the Groove is working on releasing a 3 LP vinyl release of our 1999 album Fight Songs, including a 2021 remix of the entire album by Vance Powell from the original masters and a bonus LP with unreleased demos and outtakes. It's the first time on vinyl for this little slice of history! You can pre-order the album HERE. Do so by 3/28, and you'll get an unreleased 2021 remixed digital track of the B-Side, "The Villain," free with purchase. TRACK LISTING . Side A (Original Album Remixed) 1 Jagged 3:27 2 Lonely Holiday 4:08 3 Oppenheimer 3:27
Here's some video clips of us performing three songs from Twelfth on CBS This Morning last week. Enjoy! Bottle Rocket Baby The Dropouts Turn Off the TV We also visited NPR's World Cafe. And for something completely different, Central Track asked Robert to rank the songs he's mentioned in. Love it.
There is now another location on the web for Old 97's content, and one with exclusive rarities at that. Rhett, Ken, Murry and Philip are curating their own Patreon page and it's loaded with rare tracks, lyric sheets, exclusive videos and more. No manager or intern is involved — just the four guys. Check it out and join the fun. Join us >
We're so proud to finally release Twelfth to you all! We hope you enjoy it. >> Twelfth In All Formats << “Classic Old 97s every step of the way yet pulses with the energy of a band making their debut, with unstoppable musical swagger and Miller’s effortless lyrical eloquence on full display.” – AMERICAN SONGWRITER “The veteran alt-country band are masters of the tunefully twangy on their new album” - PASTE “Old 97’s’ Rhett Miller Wrote Killer Drinking Songs. Now He’s Sober and Still at the Top of His Game.” - ROLLING STONE Check out the reviews thus far: Rolling Stone NPR Here & Now Under
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeB67YNJ0uU You're invited to the Twelfth Live Listening Party! Thursday night 8/20 9PM EST. Be the FIRST to hear our new record in its entirety and talk to the band in the live chat room!
A lyric video has been released for the second, opening track on Twelfth, The Dropouts. https://youtu.be/qeCh3imy41k There's also a great interview with Rhett in American Songwriter - "The Old 97s Debut New Single, Rhett Miller Talks Roger Staubach, Songwriting And Sobriety." Just one month away! You can still pre-order Twelfth here.
We're excited to announce our 12th studio album, appropriately named Twelfth, coming out August 21 on ATO Records. Produced by Vance Powell, who also produced Graveyard Whistling, it was recorded in Nashville during the tornadoes right before the pandemic hit. Pre-order link. The first single — Turn Off the TV — is out today and is featured in a video directed by Liam Lynch that features Puddles the Clown and several other noteworthy cameos. Official video for the first single, Turn Off The TV. Interview with Rhett in Rolling Stone. Official Twelfth t-shirt. Track listing:
Strange days indeed, no? Hope you're all doing well and staying safe and safely isolated. One silver lining to this entire ordeal is the number of musicians who are performing online now. In case you've missed it, our own Rhett Miller is one of those, and is doing 3 or 4 shows a week at this point. Follow him on Instagram for the latest updates and schedule changes, and tune in for what is always a good time. Unrelated news tidbit: the new album is in the final mixing stage and it is sounding AMAZING. Can't wait to share it.