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Old 97’s released their 9th studio album, heading out on tour — 2011 dates & belated SXSW pics too

photos by Ryan Barkan

DOWNLOAD: The Old 97sLive at Cicero’s, St. Louis, MO, 4-19-96 (zipped MP3s)

Old 97’s @ BV-SXSW @ Barbarella
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Old 97s “are proud to release The Grand Theatre Vol. 2, their ninth studio album, [July 5th] via New West Records. TGTV2 features 13 brand new songs and is once again produced by Salim Nourallah (The Grand Theatre Volume One and Blame It On Gravity.) Rolling Stone said:

“On their 2010 album, The Grand Theatre Vol. 1, the Old 97’s per- formed new material live at a Dallas theater, then took the songs that went over best and recorded them in an Austin studio. Consisting of songs left over from Vol. 1, this second installment places Rhett Miller’s articulate, off-the-cuff songs right between the composure of the control room and the looseness of the barroom. Miller savors lines like “He said, ‘Can I buy a drink?’/What he meant was, ‘Can I buy you?’ ” over his bandmates’ proudly ordinary punky-tonk. But Miller is no roots reactionary: “Manhattan (I’m Done)” is the rare country dig at New York where it actually sounds like the singer gave the big city a fighting chance.”

Old 97’s were on a tour this past Spring that hit Webster Hall in Manhattan on April 9. Some videos from that show are below.

The band will kick off a new tour this Thursday (7/7), again returning to NYC, but maybe they are done with Manhattan. The Old 97’s will instead play The Bell House in Brooklyn on July 13 and 14 . Tickets are on sale for both dates (7/13, 7/14).

Most July dates, including the Brooklyn shows, will be opened by Robert Ellis who released a new album this week too.

One of the few sets The Old 97’s played during SXSW 2011 was (a great one at) the BrooklynVegan/Partisan/KF Records day party that Deer Tick, Middle Brother, Jonny Corndawg, Jason Isbell and many others also played. A belated set of pictures from the Austin show is in this post.

More of those pics, with videos from Webster Hall, the setlist to the 1996 live set you can download above, and all tour dates below…

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Old 97’s – Barrier Reef – Webster Hall NYC 04/09/11

Old 97’s – Question – Webster Hall NYC 04/09/11

Rhett Miller-Manhattan, I’m Done-Webster Hall NYC 04/09/11

Old 97’s-The Other Shoe-Webster Hall NYC 04/09/11

The Old 97s – Live at Cicero’s, St. Louis, MO, 4-19-96
1 504
2 Victoria
3 You Belong To My Heart
4 My Sweet Blue-Eyed Darling
5 Big Brown Eyes
6 Stoned
7 Doreen
8 Drowning in the Days
9 Wish the Worst
10 Let the Train Blow the Whistle
11 The Other Shoe
12 Over the Cliff
13 Mama Tried
14 Miss Molly
15 Four Leaf Clover
16 Jack

THE OLD 97s – 2011 TOUR DATES
7/07 – Milwaukee, WI – Summerfest
7/08 – Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge (w/ Those Darlins) *
7/09 – Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge (w/ Those Darlins) *
7/11 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live *
7/12 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony *
7/13 – Brooklyn, NY – Bell House *
7/14 – Brooklyn, NY – Bell House *
7/15 – Wellfleet, MA – The Beachcomber *
7/16 – Greenfield, MA – Green River Festival *
7/18 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall *
7/19 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall *
7/20 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue *
7/21 – Kansas City, MO – Crossroads *
7/22 – Oklahoma City, OK – OPOLIS outdoor stage *
7/23 – Arlington, TX – Texas Rangers Game
8/12-14 – San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands Festival
8/16 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues (w/ Josh Ritter)
8/17 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern (w/ Josh Ritter)
9/29 – Tampa, FL – Rombello Cruise 2011 Departure
10/3 – Tampa, FL – Rombello Cruise 2011 Arrival
* w/ Robert Ellis

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