Maybe it’s because they’ve been around for almost two decades at this point, but it’s hard to think of a more consistent producer of excellent alternative country-rock than Old 97’s. Sure, an attractive frontman in Rhett Miller can’t hurt, and the band’s authentic Texas roots have to help, but it takes more than a handsome face and some country cred to make a band this successful for this long. My guess for their longevity? The band’s pretty dang talented.
Part of the alt-country movement that arose in the mid 90s with the likes of Drive-By Truckers and Whiskeytown, Old 97’s have the rare claim of helping to birth a genre. The band has never been a major part of mainstream country, but that’s arguably allowed them to keep straddling the gap between more mainstream country-rock and a more indie Americana sensibility. Recently they’ve hit a prolific stretch, releasing two critically-lauded albums in the last three years, along with solo albums by Miller and bassist Murry Hammond. All things considered, they’re primed to deliver a pretty fantastic show at La Zona Rosa on Friday, June 10.
Along with Old 97’s, the concert features Sarah Jaffe, another Texas native that’s toured with the likes of Norah Jones and Midlake. Also in the lineup is Salim Nourallah, the singer-songwriter that produced the last two Old 97’s albums. If all of that isn’t enough to satisfy your thirst for great music, we’re giving away two pairs of free tickets. All you have to do is click the “I like it” button to have a chance at snagging those freebies.