June 23, 2018, 9:00 pm at Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Rd, New Braunfels, TX
To say that rock and roll has been good to the Old 97â€™s (guitarist/vocalist Miller, bassist/vocalist Murry Hammond, guitarist Ken Bethea, and drummer Philip Peeples) would be an understatement. The band emerged from Dallas twenty years ago at the forefront of a musical movement blending rootsy, country-influenced songwriting with punk rock energy and delivery. The New York Times has described their major label debut, â€˜Too Far To Care,â€™ as â€œa cornerstone of the â€˜alternative countryâ€™ movementâ€¦[that] leaned more toward the Clash than the Carter Family.â€ Theyâ€™ve released a slew of records since then, garnering praise from NPR and Billboard to SPIN and Rolling Stone, who hailed the band as â€œfour Texans raised on the Beatles and Johnny Cash in equal measures, whose shiny melodies, and fatalistic character studies, do their forefathers proud.â€ The band performed on television from Letterman to Austin City Limits and had their music appear in countless film and TV soundtracks (they appeared as themselves in the Vince Vaughn/Jennifer Aniston movie â€˜The Break Upâ€™). Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan told The Hollywood Reporter that he put the band on a continuous loop on his iPod while writing the showâ€™s final scene. â€˜Most Messed Upâ€™ finds the Old 97â€™s at their raucous, boozy best, all swagger and heart. Still shifting gears between country and rock, Old 97â€™s released Graveyard Whistling in 2017.