OLD 97'S

With over twenty years and ten albums to their name, Texas alt-country stalwarts Old 97’s are excited to release their eleventh LP, Graveyard Whistling, out now. The album’s first single “Good with God” 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.

Past Shows


Dec
10
th
2019
Fine Line
Dec
10
th
2019
Fine Line

OLD 97'S

with CASEYMAGIC (DIY Punk Rock Magician) and Rhett Miller
Oct
14
th
2017
Mainroom
Oct
14
th
2017
Mainroom

OLD 97'S

with Lilly Hiatt
May
22
nd
2016
Mainroom
May
22
nd
2016
Mainroom

OLD 97'S and Heartless Bastards

with BJ BARHAM (of American Aquarium)
Oct
26
th
2015
Turf Club
Oct
26
th
2015
Turf Club

OLD 97'S

with Banditos
Jun
20
th
2014
Mainroom
Jun
20
th
2014
Mainroom

OLD 97'S

with Kentucky Knife Fight and MADISON KING
Nov
12
th
2013
Fine Line
Nov
12
th
2013
Fine Line

OLD 97'S

with TRAPPER SCHOEPP & THE SHADES and RYAN TRASTER BAND
Oct
18
th
2012
Mainroom
Oct
18
th
2012
Mainroom

OLD 97'S

with Salim Nourallah and Rhett Miller
Jul
20
th
2011
Mainroom
Jul
20
th
2011
Mainroom

OLD 97'S

with Robert Ellis and DEAD MAN WINTER
Feb
20
th
2011
Mainroom
Feb
20
th
2011
Mainroom

OLD 97'S

with Those Darlins

More Shows

Aug
14
th
First Avenue

An Evening with
UMPHREY’S MCGEE

Dec
3
rd
Live Stream

Lucinda Williams

May
11
th
First Avenue
Jan
10
th
Live Stream

The Jayhawks