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Thalia Hall

Old 97's
with Nicole Atkins

Friday, May 12, 2017 8:30 PM CDT (7:30 PM Doors)
Thalia Hall, Chicago, IL
17 years and over

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To say that rock and roll has been good to the Old 97'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, 'Too Far To Care,' as "a cornerstone of the 'alternative

country' movement…[that] leaned more toward the Clash than the Carter Family."

They've released a slew of records since then, garnering praise from NPR and

Billboard to SPIN and Rolling Stone, who hailed the band as "four Texans raised on

the Beatles and Johnny Cash in equal measures, whose shiny melodies, and fatalistic

character studies, do their forefathers proud." 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 'The Break Up'). Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan told The

Hollywood Reporter that he put the band on a continuous loop on his iPod while

writing the show's final scene.

Twenty years on, it's safe to say rock and roll has indeed been very, very good to the

Old 97's.

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