|Throughout a career that has already spanned more than two decades, the Old 97s have established itself at the forefront of alternative rock. The band’s secret seems to be its unique blend of music, which combines elements of classic rock and pop with alternative and country to create a sound that has helped pave the way for alt-country bands of the modern era. The group is also renowned for its electrifying stage presence, which routinely attracts legions of fans to its shows all over the country. If you’re looking for an exciting night out featuring incredible music and a wonderful atmosphere, then purchase your Old 97s tickets today!
The Old 97s formed in 1993 in Dallas, Texas. Though the group has undergone numerous lineup changes throughout the years, its most recognizable roster consists of frontman Rhett Miller on vocals and guitar, Philip Peeples playing drums, Murry Hammond on bass and Ken Bethea playing lead guitar. The four friends came together and began playing in bars across the Dallas-Ft. Worth area, ultimately gaining a small regional fan base. Inspired by their success, they released two collections of music independently between 1994 and 1995. First, 1994 brought the full-length album Hitchhike to Rhome, and this was followed immediately in 1995 by a split EP (of which each half was released separately) called Stoned/Garage Sale.
Rise to fame
While many bands struggle for years to begin touring, the Old 97s simply packed up and hit the road. Inspired by the enthusiasm for their music that they had felt in Dallas, the group began playing shows wherever it could across the country. At a show in Chicago, the group gained the attention of an executive from a small label known as Bloodshot Records. Impressed with the band’s cohesive nature and musical abilities, Bloodshot quickly offered the group a recording contract. Shortly thereafter, the group got down to work on its second full?-length album, Wreck Your Life. Released in 1995, the record became a moderate success, attracting some national attention to the group and allowing them to tour more broadly. From there, the Old 97s were officially full-time musicians.
Critical acclaim and other releases
The Old 97s are still releasing studio albums, all of which have been moderately successful. They include Too Far to Care, Fight Songs, Satellite Rides, Drag it Up, Alive & Wired, Blame it on Gravity, Hit By a Train, The Mimeograph EP, and Most Messed Up. Though the group has not won many major awards, it is thought of as one of the founding parties in the alt-country genre. To this day, the group enjoys a loyal fanbase and is known as road warriors, consistently touring across America and playing to devoted fans everywhere.