I loved Old 97’s, from Wreck Your Life to Satellite Rides, they slowly became my favorite rock band in the world and then, with 2004’s Drag It Up, they lost me and I never came all the way back. The double album from 2011 was a typical achievement. The playing was great, the songs were no longer there. Certainly long gone are the days of “Barrier reef” and “Oppenheimer” -two songs astoundingly beyond their grasp in 2014.
So why am I gonna check em out on June 3rd?
1. Lydia Loveless, who has one of the great albums of 2014, is opening
2. “Longer Than You’ve Been Alive” is their best song since… wow since “Blame It On Gravity” and it promises that maybe they are really gonna come up with the goods this album plus, whatever the kick might be, the band are awesome live.
So I figured, after not having seem em in maybe three years in is time to reacquaint myself again. Rhett is like the Conor Oberst of Alt Country, a pretty boy, not as pretty as he was, a great songwriter, a little past his prime, and a great live act. Plus he doesn’t diss 16 year old girls which is always a plus.
Webster Hall and yeah I do feel too old for SRO’s but I’m gonna do it. Most Messed Up is out April 29 th.
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – August 1975 (Volume 7, Number 3)
If I did fifty shows I’d get the money from one
a growling, prowling slap pump and just another all American
a 28 song full, full blown reggae rasta brilliance
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – July 1975 (Volume 7, Number 2)
the boundary breaking shock rocker of the decade
Harry seems to have it sewn up
a superb songwriter who can fill an album with excellent country mainstreamers
lovely tribute to her single mom
a classical guitarist and composer and has released more than 30 solo albums
“The song is about a mental institution”
Freakout Records Announce The 10th Annual Freakout Festival Taking Place on November 10-13 in Ballard (Seattle, WA)
a diverse arrangement of voices and sounds