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One of the most popular bands in alt-country's rock & roll wing, Old 97's hailed from Dallas and drew their inspiration from classic country, bar band rock, the raw sound of early punk, and -- especially on their later records -- the tight songcraft of power pop. The band was formed in 1993 by singer/guitarist Rhett Miller and bassist Murry Hammond. Although six years younger than Hammond, Miller had previously played around the Dallas area as a folksinger and a British-style pop devotee; he'd also earned a creative writing scholarship to Sarah Lawrence College, but ultimately dropped out to return to Texas and concentrate on music. When he teamed up with Hammond, his original material showed traces of Texas country; this combination of country influence and pop sensibility would go on to fuel some of the band's best work. Miller and Hammond expanded their project by adding lead guitarist Ken Bethea and recording their initial demo tape at Austin's famed Cedar Creek studio. Drummer Philip Peeples subsequently climbed on board, and Old 97's issued their debut album, Hitchhike to Rhome, on the indie label Big Iron in 1994. It received positive reviews and began to build the group's alt-country fan base, which they consolidated on the album's follow-up, Wreck Your Life. Issued on alt-country stalwart Bloodshot Records in 1995, Wreck Your Life fleshed out the group's sound and presented them as a sharp, eclectic country-rock outfit with a pinup-worthy frontman. The positive attention given to the band's two indie albums led to a major-label deal with Elektra Records, on which Old 97's debuted in 1997 with Too Far to Care. Critics hailed the album as the best balance yet between the group's Texas traditionalism and pop leanings, and many publications placed the band among the leaders of the alt-country movement. Their next release, 1999's Fight Songs, began to move away from the band's country influences by offering a more polished, pop-friendly set of songs. By this time, Miller had moved to Los Angeles and shed the thick '50s-style glasses that had become a major part of his image; he and Hammond were also performing in an informal side project dubbed the Ranchero Brothers. 2001's Satellite Rides had an even stronger power pop flavor and once again received highly positive reviews, although Miller took a temporary leave afer its release to record a solo power pop record, The Instigator, which was released in late 2002. A lengthy period of relative inactivity followed, as the bandmembers found themselves in different cities and starting families, only sporadically seeing and/or playing with each other. 2004 changed all that with the recording of the sixth Old 97's album, Drag It Up (issued by the band's new label, New West), and the subsequent tour, which featured prominently on the band's 2005 double-disc live release Alive & Wired. In 2006, Elektra issued Hit by a Train: The Best of Old 97's, which contained songs released prior to the band's 2004 label switch, and 2008 saw the band returning to Dallas for the recording of Blame It on Gravity.
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Average Rating : 4.8              Total Reviews: 15


Old 97s  06/29/2008            
Singular Girl
The whole CD is fantastic and reminiscent of the Too Far To Care and Wreck Your Life era. And it's nice to finally see The One on a studio CD after hearing it live for so many years.
Old 97s  05/08/2008            
brettc
Gotta love this band, they always keep it real. This sounds like their best cd yet.
Old 97s  10/22/2005            
fan
Not the best live record I've heard...
Old 97s  02/27/2005            
Jeb
I'm with you on that Cooper! This DVD is awesome! I got it a few weeks ago.....THEY ARE THE BEST LIVE BAND IN TEXAS! If y'all have never seen this band......make a point to do so. They will blow you away!
Old 97s  02/27/2005            
Cooper
I have been to about 10 Old 97's shows in the last 6 years or so. They are hands down one of the best live acts you will ever see. This DVD captures the energy and good times you get at one of their shows! Now you can enjoy a power punched 97's show from the comfort of your recliner! The beer is cheaper too!! GREAT DVD!
Old 97s  02/27/2005            
Cooper
I have been to about 10 Old 97's shows in that 6 years or so. They are hands down one of the best live acts you will ever see. This DVD captures the energy and good times you get at one of their shows! Now you can enjoy a power punched 97's show from the comfort of your recliner! The beer is cheaper too!! GREAT DVD!
Old 97s  09/27/2004            
TexasMyTexas97
Saw these guys at the ACL last weekend in Austin. Very good stuff. Very fun and very musically pleasing. I bought their new cd and it is very kicking. Very melodic and very similar to Beatles-esque albums, at least Sgt. Peppers and Revolver. Supposedly these guys were one of the originators of this Alt-Country styling with heavy rock influence and cool country riffs. Definitely Recomended. Rock on Texas.
Old 97s  07/31/2004            
Junkytrinket
I've been huge fan for years. This is CD has a different vibe to it than the old stuff. Very mellow at times. Overall, it's quality stuff...there is no one better to live...that's for sure!
Old 97s  07/27/2004            
pepe
Great album, this cd is like no other they have done in the past, but thats a good thang.
Old 97s  04/22/2003            
princessjodi
This is a fantastic album! Yes, it is different from their older records, but it's also much more polished. Give it a chance. You'll like it just as much as Hitchike to Rome or Wreck Your Life.
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