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Old 97's
Old 97's
is an American alternative country band from Dallas, Texas, United States. Formed in 1993,[2] they have since released eleven studio albums, two full extended plays, shared split duty on another, and have one live album. Their most recent release is Graveyard Whistling. They are recognized as pioneers of the alt-country movement during the mid to late 1990s along with bands such as Uncle Tupelo, Drive-By Truckers, Whiskeytown, The Jayhawks, and The Bottle Rockets. Lead vocalist and primary songwriter Rhett Miller
Rhett Miller
has described the band's style as "loud folk.[3]


1 Career 2 Members 3 Discography

3.1 Albums 3.2 Singles

4 DVDs 5 References 6 External links

Career[edit] Initially a popular Dallas bar band, Old 97's
Old 97's
toured the country after releasing their first album, 1994's Hitchhike to Rhome
Hitchhike to Rhome
and 1995's split EP release Stoned / Garage Sale with fellow Dallas band Funland on Idol Records. In Chicago, they caught the attention of Bloodshot Records and were signed to record their next album. 1995's Wreck Your Life brought them to the attention of Elektra Records,[2] who hoped that alt-country could be a new post-grunge trend. Lead singer Rhett Miller, born in Austin, later lived in New York City and Los Angeles. Many of the band's songs include local Texas
references, with references to New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago appearing as well. Most songs are written and sung by Miller, with bassist Murry Hammond picking up the vocals on one or two tracks per album. Hammond also handled a number of country covers, especially in the band's earlier years. Hammond also performs gospel at his local church. The band's 2004 album Drag It Up
Drag It Up
also includes a song written and sung by guitarist Ken Bethea, "Coahuila." In 2005, Blender magazine ranked the band's then most successful single, 1999's "Murder (Or A Heart Attack)", as the 176th greatest song "since you were born."[4] Their music has been featured in a number of hit movies and TV series, including The Break-Up
The Break-Up
("Salome", "Melt Show", "Timebomb"), Clay Pigeons ("Timebomb"), Slither ("The New Kid"), Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide (Big Brown Eyes), Ed ("Question", "King of All the World"), Scrubs ("Question"), Veronica Mars
Veronica Mars
("Adelaide", "Four-Leaf Clover", "The New Kid") and Scorpion ("Question").[5] With respect to The Break-Up, a key scene toward the end of the film takes place at an Old 97's
Old 97's
concert. Rhett Miller
Rhett Miller
has recorded four solo albums, with 2002's The Instigator receiving substantial airplay on alternative-oriented radio stations. He toured with Neil Finn
Neil Finn
in 2004. Miller's second major commercial album, The Believer, was released in February 2006.[6] Murry Hammond's solo album, I Don't Know Where I'm Going But I'm on My Way, was released April 21, 2008. Old 97's
Old 97's
have been heralded as a great live band, although they claim never to rehearse their act.[7] They included five live songs as a bonus disc on Satellite Rides, and released a live double CD set recorded at historic Gruene Hall
Gruene Hall
in 2005, Alive & Wired. Rhino Entertainment
Rhino Entertainment
released Hit by a Train: The Best of Old 97's, an eighteen track compilation of songs from the band's beginnings through 2001, featuring liner notes and an essay by rock critic Robert Christgau. Satellite Riders is a faux "tribute band"—it is actually an alias the band performs under when contractual obligations prevent them from using the Old 97's
Old 97's
name.[8] The recording of "Timebomb" from the live album Alive & Wired was made available for download along with other alt-country songs for the music video games Rock Band
Rock Band
and Rock Band 2.[9] Their next studio project, The Grand Theatre, was released in two volumes. The first The Grand Theatre, Volume One
The Grand Theatre, Volume One
was released on October 12, 2010.[10] The second The Grand Theatre, Volume Two
The Grand Theatre, Volume Two
was released on July 5, 2011.[11] In 2013 the band released an EP containing two tracks with vocals by country music legend Waylon Jennings
Waylon Jennings
entitled Old 97's
Old 97's
& Waylon Jennings. Rhett Miller
Rhett Miller
called the previously unreleased tunes with Jennings "the band's 'holy grail.'"[12] The band's tenth studio album, Most Messed Up, was released April 29, 2014, and was their best selling album to date, reaching #30 on the Billboard 200.[13] Their latest ATO Records album, Graveyard Whistling, was released February 24, 2017.[14] Members[edit]

Rhett Miller – lead vocals, rhythm guitar Ken Bethea – lead guitar, backing and occasional lead vocals Murry Hammond – bass guitar, backing and occasional lead vocals Philip Peeples – drums, backing vocals

Discography[edit] Albums[edit]

Year Album Billboard 200[15] Label

1994 Hitchhike to Rhome

Idol Records

1995 Stoned / Garage Sale (with Funland)

1995 Wreck Your Life

Bloodshot Records

1997 Too Far to Care

Elektra Records

1999 Fight Songs

2000 Early Tracks

Bloodshot Records

2001 Satellite Rides 121 Elektra Records

2004 Drag It Up 120 New West Records

2005 Alive & Wired

2006 Hit by a Train: The Best of Old 97's

Rhino Entertainment

2008 Blame It on Gravity

New West Records

2009 Wreck Your Life... And Then Some: The Complete Bloodshot Recordings [Vinyl Only] [16] 85 Bloodshot Records

2010 Mimeograph EP

New West Records

The Grand Theatre, Volume One

2011 The Grand Theatre, Volume Two

2012 Too Far to Care: Expanded Edition

Omnivore Recordings

2013 Old 97's
Old 97's
& Waylon Jennings

2014 Most Messed Up 30 ATO Records

2017 Graveyard Whistling 82


Year Song Chart positions Album

US AAA[17]

1995 "Eyes for You" — non-album single

1996 "Crying Drunk" —

1997 "Timebomb" — Too Far to Care

1998 "Streets of Where I'm From" —

1999 "Murder (or a Heart Attack)" 6 Fight Songs

"Nineteen" 9

2001 "King of All the World" 8 Satellite Rides

2007 "Here It Is Christmas Time" — non-album single

2008 "Dance With Me" 28 Blame It On Gravity

2010 "Every Night is Friday Night (With You)" 20 The Grand Theatre, Volume One

2017 "Good with God" (featuring Brandi Carlile) 11 Graveyard Whistling


2005: Old 97's Live
Old 97's Live
(New West Records)


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Biography". starpulse.com. Retrieved 2008-05-21.  ^ "The Old 97s Perform 'Timebomb' Fender". YouTube. 2012-10-15. Retrieved 2017-04-26.  ^ "The 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born: 151-200". Blender. October 2005. Archived from the original on January 13, 2009.  ^ "Old 97's". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2009-02-16.  ^ "Music". Official Community of Rhett Miller. Archived from the original on 2008-04-16. Retrieved 2008-05-21.  ^ "Q&A: Murry Hammond of Old 97's". Blogs.dallasobserver.com. Retrieved 2008-02-16.  ^ LAVASSAR, MA'CHELL DUMA (2008-08-27). "Satellite Riders". Seattle Weekly. Retrieved 2008-11-22.  ^ " Rock Band
Rock Band
Gets a Second Dose of Country Plus a 3-Pack From Jimmy Eat World". Harmonix. 2009-02-20. Retrieved 2009-02-28.  ^ "on that note...: Round up of Old 97's
Old 97's
New Songs". Cindyroyal.blogspot.com. 2010-07-25. Retrieved 2014-07-10.  ^ "Old97's » TGTV2 Cover Revealed". Old97s.com. 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2014-07-10.  ^ Langer, Andy (2013-09-28). "For Old 97's, a Collaboration That Never Ages". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-10-29.  ^ " Old 97's
Old 97's
- Chart history Billboard". www.billboard.com. Retrieved 2017-08-11.  ^ "Old97's » NEW ALBUM 'GRAVEYARD WHISTLING' OUT TODAY". Old97s.com. 2017-02-24. Retrieved 2017-03-24.  ^ " Old 97's
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Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved 10 February 2018.  ^ "Discography". Official Community of Old 97's. Retrieved 2008-05-21.  ^ " Old 97's
Old 97's
Chart History: Adult Alternative". Billboard. Retrieved 10 February 2018. 

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Rhett Miller Murry Hammond Ken Bethea Philip Peeples

Studio albums

Hitchhike to Rhome Wreck Your Life Too Far to Care Fight Songs Satellite Rides Drag It Up Blame It on Gravity The Grand Theatre, Volume One The Grand Theatre, Volume Two Most Messed Up Graveyard Whistling


Early Tracks Mimeograph Old 97's
Old 97's
& Waylon Jennings

Live albums

Alive & Wired


Hit by a Train: The Best of Old 97's Wreck Your Life... And Then Some: The Complete Bloodshot Recordings Too Far to Care: Expanded Edition


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