For Every ZZ Top and Steve Miller our state produces, there are thousands of bands that either wallow in obscurity or just get by with endless, backbreaking tours and the hope of having enough cash to finance some studio time. Here are some acts that should have hit the big time in their day and a ... More >>
In 1996, Dallas' Old 97's played a few songs with Waylon Jennings in Nashville. Those songs never saw the light of day until Record Store Day this year, when they came out as a limited-release 7". But now, Omnivore Recordings will be giving the two songs a wide release, along with a few unreleased 9 ... More >>
The Toadies, the Old 97's, Centro-matic and Sarah Jaffe 2011 Dallas Observer Music Awards Showcase Main Stage Saturday, October 15, 2011 Alex ScottThe start of a glorious day in Deep Ellum. On Saturday afternoon, Deep Ellum boasted a buzz the area hadn't felt in years, as the Dallas Observer M ... More >>
Some of Dallas' most successful musicians recount the rebirth of its most storied entertainment district: Deep Ellum.
Chris StrotherMurry HammondHe's the chipper one in the band, the one who wears the iconic coke-bottle glasses and the one who can't get through an entire set without smiling ear to ear and greeting the crowd with a hearty, "Hey, everybody!" But, let's face it, when it comes to the Old 97's, Murry ... More >>
Rhett and MurrySeems Rhett Miller and Murry Hammond have finally given up on the idea of releasing their Old 97's side project efforts as the Ranchero Brothers in album form. Today, the original two 97's gave way to anticipation and posted seven studio-recorded Ranchero Brothers tracks as free do ... 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 >>
Photos by Patrick MichelsRhett Miller just saw what these guys charge for a DVD of Meatballs.Between the "Music and Media" and "Travel" sections at Borders' Lovers Lane branch last night, the Old 97's celebrated The Grand Theatre, Volume One's official release date with a 45-minute set, followed ... 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 >>
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 >>
(Back in April, we caught up with the 97's as they were pre-recording material at Sons of Hermann Hall in Deep Ellum.) About a week after Rhett Miller tweeted that the upcoming, planned double-disc release of the Old 97's new album, The Grand Theater, would indeed be a split release after all, Murry ... More >>
As always, where there's Vimeo, we give you YouTube too.At this point in their careers, the Old 97's are always on the lookout for fresh challenges. Take, for instance, the recording scheme they've cooked up for their next album. They recorded 2008's Blame It On Gravity at Salim Nourallah's Pl ... 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
More big news from Mike Snider today--this time about an upcoming string of shows scheduled between Christmas and New Year's Eve at Sons of Hermann Hall. In short: Longtime favorite local alt-country outfit the Old 97's has been booked to play four consecutive nights at the Deep Ellum ballroom, f ... More >>
Back in 1996, when the members of the Old 97's were still residing in Dallas and the group was still considered alt-country, the band's sophomore effort, Wreck Your Life, began the band's popular ascension. Now, Bloodshot Records is reissuing the album with tons of cool bonus material. Titled W ... More >>
Old 97's, Telegraph CanyonBass Hall, Fort WorthAugust 21, 2009Better than: a night at the opera. Make no mistake: The crowd came to Bass Hall--some dressed in their operahouse best, others in more dive bar attire--for the Old 97's. And though they'd sure get the Old 97's--to the tune of a good 90 ... More >>
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Rhett Miller's solo debut Mythologies, which I've still got somewhere -- it hides in a closet, no doubt in youthful shame. Doubt there'll be a double-disc deluxe reissue; oh, not if I can help it. Though, rather unbelievably, someone's selling their autographe ... More >>
Since we're on the topic of CD release parties already: You may recall a few months ago when I wrote about this local, young, up and coming alt-country singer/songwriter, Nicholas Altobelli. Basically, I stumbled, quite literally, into The Cavern one night and was taken aback by Altobelli's way-beyo ... More >>
Getting to the Point Is Beside It (Summer Break/Glurp)
I Don't Know Where I'm Going but I'm on My Way (Hummingbird Records)
The Believer (Verve Forecast)
Plus: Sleepy Hero History, Tull Tag
Old 97's Live (New West)
Old 97's breaking up? Who told you that?
Cheap tricks, SXSW, record releases, and lots of words in bold type
The Ranchero Brothers stay busy
Rockville Music closes shop; Puerto Rico gets DJ Nature's call; Rubber Gloves still waiting for the Old 97's other shoe to fall; Pantera plays Detroit Rock City; Buck Jones Blushes
Rhett Miller wanted to be famous for as long as he can remember. Will the Old 97's upcoming Fight Songs finally make him a star?
With bands like these, who needs Austin anyway?
A Dallas supergroup forms to play...Weezer songs?
This was the year local music broke, but was it fixed?