Old 97's

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Tags: alt-country seen live rock indie americana texas Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1990s 2000s
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This Texas, USA-based band initially formed part of a second wave of grittier, grass roots country rockers inspired by the breakthrough of bands such as Uncle Tupelo and Green On Red, although they are compared to the Replacements and Clash as much as the former artists. Singer-songwriter Rhett Miller (Dallas, Texas, USA) first started playing with bass player Murry Hammond and guitarist Ken Bethea in small clubs in Dallas. Adding drummer Philip Peeples, the band released a cassette EP in 1993, and their full-length debut the following year. Chicago independent Bloodshot Records released the band’s second set, Wreck Your Life, which attempted to capture the intensity of their live shows.

The band’s 1997 major label debut for Elektra Records, Too Far To Care, highlighted Miller’s affecting songwriting, ranging in tone from traditional country (‘W. Tex. Teardrops’) to stylish roots rock (‘Time Bomb’). One of...

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