97s in 09

the old 97s

the old 97s: bassist murry hammond, singer/guitarist rhett miller, drummer philip peeples, guitarist ken bethea. photo by lisa johnson.

Americana faves The Old 97s are back in the region this weekend. But unlike a decade ago when the quartet played Lynagh’s Music Club on a regular basis, you will have to take a road trip up to Louisville in order to catch neo-cowpunk classics like Time Bomb and The Other Shoe.

The Old 97s are still touring behind last year’s Blame It On Gravity album. But two members, singer Rhett Miller and bassist Murry Hammond, have since released new solo recordings and will open tonight’s concert with brief sets of their own.

Miller will serve up heady pop fare from his self-titled third album while Hammond will showcase folk/spiritual tunes off of his recent I Don’t Know Where I’m Going But I’m On My Way.  Miller’s record follows the course of his two previous solo albums for Elektra and Verve, although Rhett Miller nicely turns up the anxiety level a bit. The Hammond album is a serious treat – a rustic, rootsy outing with a sparse, almost antique flavor.

The Old 97s, with opening sets by Rhett Miller and Murry Hammond, perform 9 p.m. Friday at Headlners Music Hall, 1386 Lexington Rd. in Louisville. Tickets are $15. Call (859) 502-584-8088 or visit www.ticketweb.com.

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