Most importantly, [The Old 97's] have fun while they're performing. [Frontman Rhett] Miller brings an almost hyper energy to the stage, especially with renditions of "Great Barrier Reef," "Roller Skate Skinny," and "Big Brown Eyes." He intermittently turns the stage over to bassist Murry Hammond, whose softer vocals, typified by "West Texas Teardrops," provide a welcome contrast. The faster songs brought a contagious energy that caused us to jump around, singing along at the top our lungs. Meanwhile the slower, heartfelt ones gave us moments to pause, hold each other, and reflect on the music's evocative powers. I don't think it's possible to hear Miller sing "Question" and not want to hold your partner's hand. [InbetweenBlog]The above review is from The Old 97's show at Stubb's in Austin last night (4/14).
The band has more shows coming up this summer. Those include three free shows in July: one in New York, one in Chicago, and in San Francisco. That NYC date takes place on Sunday, July 4th at South Street Seaport. The show is free, but it isn't one of the Seaport Music Series shows that happen on Fridays in July and August. Still no word on who will play the 4th of July show in Battery Park, also in lower Manhattan.
Recent videos of Rhett and crew and all tour dates are below...
Rhett Miller solo - Old 97's "Doreen" 4/8/10 - Cowboy Chow: Roanoke, TX
The Old 97's "West Texas Tear Drops" Dallas, TX on April 9, 2010
Old 97's - 2010 Tour Dates
Sat 05/08/10 Tyler, TX Texas Rose Horse Park
Sat 07/03/10 Silverado, CA Oak Canyon Park
Sun 07/04/10 New York, NY South Street Seaport (free)
Fri 07/16/10 Chicago, IL Navy Pier (free)
Sat 07/24/10 MAHA Music Festival - Omaha, NB
Thu 08/05/10 San Francisco, CA Justin Herman Plaza (free)