Despite going by the name “Old 97’s,” the alt-country band did not form in 1997. In fact, the band is even older that ’97, having formed in Dallas, TX in 1993. The band is older than quite a few students at CWU and you can bet your bottom dollar that they’ve been around the block a few times.
Most Messed Up, which will drop April 29th and is the band’s 10th studio album. This brings their average production rate to one album every two years, the first being Hitchhike to Rome in 1994. The band has made “Nashville” available online while “Longer Than You’ve Been Alive” is already available on iTunes. Both songs are off the Most Messed Up album.
Lead singer Rhett Miller listed “Nashville” as the inspiration for the whole album. In an effort to step away from the image of always being the “nice guy,” Miller has crafted the Most Messed Up album to reflect his realization that he doesn’t have to constantly apologize to everybody for everything. Though most of Miller’s songs are about joy, loneliness, relationships, and pretty girls, he wants to remind his listeners that he isn’t always the nice guy. According to Salon.com there are 11 fuc#&4, seven bottles of whiskey, Jameson and malt liquor on their album. Old 97’s just want to “get drunk and get it on.”
The Old 97’s are coming to the northwest May 12 At the Showbox in Seattle, May 13 at the Wonder Ballroom in Portland and May 14 at The Knitting Factory in Boise. We’ll be giving away tickets to the Seattle show this Saturday, (April 27) between 8 and 10 p.m. so be sure to tune-in!