Regular visitors to the Old 97's forum may recognize MeanJeen as a devoted fan and great storyteller. MeanJeen, also known in real life as Leslie, greeted 2012 with a mini-vacation to Chicago with her husband, where they celebrated the New Year's Eve Rock 'n Roll Ball featuring the Old 97's. She bonded with fans, had a serendipitious encounter with Murry, rocked 2011 into the ground with a killer set list, and lived to share her experience with all of us in this fantastic recap. After you read her story, check out the Old 97's Flickr page to see some great shots courtesy
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Two days after the release of TGTV2, the Old 97’s hit the road to continue this incredible touring streak that they’ve been on for the past year. They just give and they give and then give some more, and we insatiable fans are grateful for every fix. While they rest up for next month’s California run, here is a roundup of links, reviews, and more from the last leg. The guys kicked things off at Summerfest in Milwaukee, where the new tunes were well-received, according to Piet Levy’s review on The Tap Milwaukee site. The band played some fan-favorites from past
With just four weeks to go before the release of The Grand Theatre Vol. 2, the Old 97’s are back on the road, giving fans on the West Coast a preview of the songs that we have been eagerly anticipating for months. From the May 27th show at the Bluebird Theatre, a Denver fan captured a performance of “Brown Haired Daughter” and was kind enough to share it with the Internets. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oCJFKn2XJo&feature=youtu.be[/youtube] Very nice. So what else do we have to look forward to in Volume Two? In this interview from www.newsreview.com, Rhett said, “There’s a song called ‘The Actor’ that’s
While a SXSW recap is in the works, I wanted to slip in a round up from the second half of the most recent leg of the tour before the band hits the road again next week. After enduring the late-winter wrath of the North, the Old 97’s headed southeast to Asheville, NC where Tim W. Jackson of The Laurel of Asheville gives a favorable review, noting that the fans were exhausted by the end of their spirited 25 song set. I don’t get the comparison when Jackson refers to Rhett as “the Jon Bon Jovi of alt-country”, but I
Nikki Darlin from Those Darlins, currently opening for the Old 97's, has sketched a preview of what the guys may look like if we are all lucky enough to be here for another fifty years. I'm not sure if ladies are throwing undergarments on stage these days, but let's all make a pact that our Depends stay-put if we're still going to their shows in the 2060's. In the not-so-distant future, The Grand Theatre Volume 2 will be released. Check out Rhett's latest video diary for a little tease of a track. Nice moves, Murry. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lN0js23u_A[/youtube]
After nine shows in ten nights, the guys have wrapped up the first leg of their tour. Judging from the setlists and discussions on the Old 97's forum, they did not disappoint. But maybe we, the faithful fans, are a little biased? For some fresh perspective, I decided to introduce two of my friends, 97’s-virgins, to the band. I was lucky to go to two shows this week, the first at The Recher Theatre in Towson, MD and then the Saturday night show at the Theatre of Living Arts in Philadelphia, PA. A few days before Towson, I offered a ticket to my
Old 97’s kick off their tour tonight at The Lyric in Oxford, MS. After two months of heavy rotation in our cars and at our cubicles, the songs from The Grand Theatre, Volume One are ready to be heard at a nightclub near you. Will you be there? If you don’t have your hands full with your wife, other women, and whiskey, (or your husband, other men, and gin), grab your camera and share your best photos with the Old 97's Flickr group. You’ll win the appreciation and envy of all of your fellow fans. Once your hangover fades, head
Old 97’s interview and performance footage on the Larry King Live site: http://larrykinglive.blogs.cnn.com/2010/12/01/old-97s-new-sound/