Watch Old 97’s Roll
Alt-country rockers Old 97’s are once again on the touring circuit. The band had been laying low for the last couple of years as frontman Rhett Miller focused on solo work, but they’re back this year with a new album and a series of tour dates beginning July 1 in St. Louis, Mo.
They’re scheduled to play dates through the East Coast, Midwest and South throughout the month, finishing July 24 in Dallas. Three days later, their new disc, Drag It Up, will hit stores.
The band recorded the album on eight-track analog tape, and guitarist Ken Bethea noted that the band returned to its roots in other ways as well.
“After tinkering with our limits on the previous five releases, I think we’ve settled in with what we do best on Drag It Up – solid writing and performances, with enough bells and whistles to make things interesting,” he said.
“It reminds me of our earlier recordings; we mix bluegrass, surf, country, rock, folk and some good old-fashioned psychedelia.”