Pioneering, alt-country rock group Old 97’s return to the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall on Sunday, April 22, 2018. To say that rock and roll has been good to the Old 97’s (guitarist/vocalist Rhett Miller, bassist/vocalist Murry Hammond, guitarist Ken Bethea, and drummer Philip Peeples), would be an understatement. The band emerged from Dallas over 20 years ago at the forefront of a musical movement blending rootsy, country-influenced songwriting with punk rock energy and delivery. The New York Times has described their major label debut, “Too Far to Care”, as “a cornerstone of the ‘alternative country’ movement…[that] leaned more toward the Clash than the Carter Family”. They’ve released a slew of records since then, garnering praise from NPR and Billboard to SPIN and Rolling Stone.
With over 20 years and 10 albums to their name, the Texas alt-country stalwarts are back with their eleventh LP, “Graveyard Whistling”, via ATO Records, recorded in the same Tornillo, Texas studio as their 1996 debut, “Too Far to Care”. The band also still contains its original four members. “We weren’t trying to remake “Too Far to Care”, but to make something where fans would say, ‘This band hasn’t lost a step in twenty-some years,” explains Miller. The result is the 11 songs of “Graveyard Whistling”, from a group that has earned the respect and veneration as one of the pioneers of the alt-country movement, while still retaining the raucous energy, deceptive cleverness, and knockabout spirit that first distinguished them from the pack.
Doors 7:00pm / Show 8:00pm
Visit the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall website for additional information and to purchase your General Admission Standing Room Only tickets. Tickets can also be purchased at their box office and at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre box office.