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Old 97's on World Cafe | January 14, 2011

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Old 97's is one of the premier alt-country acts operating these days. Led by vocalist Rhett Miller, the Dallas band was one of the most beloved indie bands of the 1990s. After six years of cult status among No Depression fans, the band scored a breakthrough hit in 1999, "Murder (Or A Heart Attack)," which was picked as one of the best songs of the past 25 years by the now-departed magazine Blender.

After 17 years, Old 97's is still making music. The group's latest release, The Grand Theater, Volume One, is full of raw grit and candid beauty. Dabbling with old styles and new ideas, Old 97's conducted a trial run of the new tunes in live settings before taking the favorites into the studio. It shouldn't be any surprise, then, that the band's eighth LP feels as fast and exciting as one of its live shows.

Here is the playlist:


!!! "AM/FM" Strange Weather, Isn't It
The Decemberists "This is Why We Fight" The King is Dead
The Beatles "Rain" Revolver
Old 97's "The Grand Theatre" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Old 97's "Let the Whiskey Take the Reins" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Old 97's "Champaign, Illinois" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Old 97's "Every Night is Friday Night (Without You)" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Old 97's "A State of Texas" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Lucinda Williams "Buttercup" Blessed
Robert Francis "June Bug" Before Nightfall
The Hold Steady "Sequestered in Memphis" Stay Positive


The Kooks "Eddie's Gun" Inside In / Inside Out
Elvis Costello "Oliver;s Army" Armed Forces
Raphael Saadiq "Radio" Stone Rollin'
Jesus Jones "Right Here, Right Now" Doubt
LCD Soundsystem "All I Want" This Is Happening
KD Lang "Constant Craving" Ingenue
Amos Lee "Windows Are Rolled Down" Mission Bell
Squeeze "Farfisa Beat" Argybargy
Talking Heads "And She Was"
Little Creatures
Fitz & the Tantrums "Moneygrabber" Picking Up the Pieces
G. Love "Fixin' to Die" Fixin' to Die
Muddy Waters "I'm Ready" Best Of
The Morning Benders "All Day Daylight" Big Echo
Teddy Thompson "Looking for a Girl" Bella
Marshall Crenshaw "Cynical Girl" Marshall Crenshaw