The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, in partnership with Flying Saucer Presents, proudly announces that alt-country rockers Old 97’s and special guests Bottle Rockets will be live in concert. Since Old 97’s emerged from Dallas 20 year ago at the forefront of a musical movement blending rootsy, country-influenced songwriting with punk rock energy and delivery, rock and roll has been good to them. Their major label debut “Too Far To Care” has been described as “a cornerstone of the ‘alternative country’ movement…[that] leaned more toward the Clash than the Carter Family” by The New York Times. Guitarist/vocalist Rhett Miller, bassist/vocalist Murry Hammond, guitarist Ken Bethea, and drummer Philip Peeples has released a slew of records since then and has appeared on TV from Letterman to Austin City Limits.
The Old 97’s newest album, “Most Messed Up”, opens with “Longer Than You’ve Been Alive”, an epic six-minute stream-of-consciousness meditation on Rhett Miller’s life in music. It’s a rare moment of pulling back the curtain, on both the excesses and tedium of the world of a touring musician.
With their punk-rock pedigrees and arena-rock energy, their tougher-than-Springsteen storytelling and their romantic hearts sewn bare on their denim sleeves, the Bottle Rockets (pride of Festus, MO) confounded musical generalities as they laid waste to clubs across the Midwest and then, soon enough, the nation. The world wasn’t quite sure what to do with them. The band was unceremoniously birthed in 1992 and they very quickly became a forebearer for the new style alongside Uncle Tupelo, Old 97’s, and Whiskeytown.
Doors 7:00pm / Show 8:00pm
Visit the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall website for additional information and to purchase tickets. Tickets can also be purchased at their box office and at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre box office.