On November 13, The Old 97's will perform at the Majestic Theatre in downtown Dallas. That combination alone is enough to make for a pretty cool night. One of Dallas' most beloved bands in one of the greatest rooms our city has to offer will never be an ordinary scenario. But this particular show w ... More >>
This one might've gotten you by last night. It nearly got by us. Thursday night at Twilite Lounge is normally the territory for Good Luck Karaoke, but last night the routine got put on hold and singer-songwriter Madison King played a show instead. Oh, and it was also Rhett Miller's birthday. Which ... More >>
By Ken Bethea This weekend, the Old 97's take part in Dia De Los Toadies Festival at Panther Island Pavilion in Fort Worth as the Toadies wrap up their 20th-anniversary celebrations of Rubberneck. With the Old 97's preparing to reissue their first album later this fall, guitarist Ken Bethea reflect ... More >>
Between 4/20, Easter, and Record Store Day, we're celebrating three of the holiest high holidays in one weekend this year. Record Store Day falls on Saturday, and with it comes a huge number of highly anticipated special releases and reissues, and a score of record stores hosting big day parties. He ... More >>
Twenty years ago, our local music scene was a bustling cauldron of rock goodness. Whether it be to the surprise of many or to a few, a couple of bands that made Dallas, Denton and Fort Worth proud back then are not only still making us proud, but are selling out rooms and slinging albums across the ... More >>
There's a lot going on that you need to know about before we get hit with a weekend full of high holidays. Easter, 4/20 and Record Store Day are important and all, but that doesn't mean you should just stay in all week and wait. There's plenty of fun to be had in the meantime, with these 10 non-holi ... More >>
Just last Friday, our new Unfair Park guy Eric introduced us to James Dondero, Highland Capital's giraffe-eating, cheating, snooping hedge fund manager. In other words, the dude has a lot of money and likes to party.As such, his 50th birthday is approaching on June 22, and a person who works at High ... More >>
Patrick MichelsThe Old 97's, celebrating the release of The Grand Theatre, Vol. 2, at Borders on Greenville last October I happened to exchange a few notes this morning with Old 97's guitarist Ken Bethea, and turns out the timing couldn't have been better: Just a few minutes ago, Bethea wrote bac ... More >>
Old 97's OK, so it isn't quite like what Kanye West did with his "G.O.O.D. Fridays" series, where he released new music unto the public every week. No, the Old 97's aren't doing that. But they are, as they did a few times late in 2010 when they offered up some old Too Far to Care and Ranchero Bro ... More >>
A while back -- can't remember when, and a quick Google search ain't revealing where -- I remember reading a quote from Old 97's guitarist Ken Bethea, who coaches youth football in the region, talking about his bandmate Rhett Miller, discussing how he was a surprisingly talented athlete, and saying ... More >>
The Old 97's, Jay Leno, David Spade and, wait, is that a witch? Rhett Miller, Murry Hammond, Ken Bethea and Philip Peeples popped up on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night to perform "Champaign, Illinois" from their just-released The Grand Theatre, Volume One -- not because it's the single, ... More >>
Just a few minutes ago, the Old 97's posted to their web site a whole slew of free downloads--not of new songs, mind you, but of old ones. Or, more accurately, of the demos for old songs, all of which Rhett Miller and Murry Hammond recorded as the band geared up for the release of its 1997 opus, ... More >>
The past couple of months have found us talking a lot about the new, upcoming release from the Old 97's, The Grand Theatre, Volume One. And we've been lavishing that sucker, which is due out on October 12, with all sorts of praise.Rightfully so, we think. The disc, as we've said before, is ... More >>
Wasn't necessarily planning on talking about Saturday night's private Old 97's show at the Barley House in this space--mostly because the affair, which was held in celebration of frontman Rhett Miller's 40th birthday yesterday, was a private, invite-only one. But, while searching for something unrel ... More >>
Ken BetheaOld 97's guitarist Ken Bethea is one of just two of the band's four members that still calls Dallas home. But, beyond that, he's also probably the straightest shooter of the bunch, never too willing to tout the party line and usually all-too-willing to discuss his band's efforts with a ... More >>
Well, finally: An email from New West Records today finally gets around to confirming all that hard work and reporting we've been kicking out since April on the next, once-thought-to-be-a-double-album-but-now-known-to-be-a-two-part-release from Dallas' own Old 97's. Meaning: Yes, it'll be called ... More >>
Old 97's, Rhett Miller, Murry HammondSons of Hermann HallDecember 26, 2009Better than: most of the aftermath associated with the most wonderful time of the year...- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -Like most Dallas-Fort Worth area shows from the Old 97's of late, last night's affa ... More >>
Sunday, December 27, through Wednesday, December 30, at Sons of Hermann Hall
Patrick MichelsCheck out more photos from the night in our slideshow.The weirdest moment at last night's Hard Rock Cafe grand opening party? Take your pick, but I'll say it was right at the end, when it turned out the winner of the night's big raffle was with the band.After a night full of ridicu ... More >>
Rhett Miller (Shout Factory)
Rhett Miller wanted to talk today -- with, yup, a clarification regarding his recent comments to Billboard, to which we paid some attention earlier this week. Because, see, Rhett doesn't want anyone thinking 2004's Old 97's album Drag It Up wasn't up to snuff because "I took a total step back," as h ... More >>
Murry Hammond has been part of the Dallas music scene for far more than 20 years. Stints in the Sleepy Heroes and the unheralded Peyote Cowboys preceded his more high-profile days as bassist for the Old 97's. Hammond's first solo CD comes out February 22, and Hammond is playing the Pine Knot Music C ... More >>
Well, really, not much of a kick to this one, but Rhino Records announced the first Old 97's greatest-hits album today, set for release on June 20. Since Rhino's at the helm, that means material from the semi-Dallas band's various record labels--Big Iron, Bloodshot and Elektra--will be combined on o ... More >>
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