The Old 97′s: One of the best live acts around   Leave a comment

The Old 97′s swung through Lawrence, KS last weekend and put on another classic show. I have seen the band live three times now and every time I am shocked at the enthusiasm the band displays. They are four of the nicest musicians I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. It is rare to see a band that looks genuinely happy to be performing in a club with about a hundred or so people. The Old 97′s are that band, not only that but after the show they all made themselves very accessible to the fans.

They were supporting their very strong new album, The Grand Theater Vol. 1. They hit it rather hard, playing 9 of the 12 tracks from the album. It was a sold out show and the band didn’t disappoint mixing in several old songs with the new album while blasting through a 26 song set.

The setlist:

Lawrence, KS – The Bottleneck 1/28/11

The Grand Theatre
Here’s to the Halcyon
The Dance Class
Dressing Room Walls
You Smoke Too Much
Salome
The New Kid
Champaign, Illinois
W. TX Teardrops
A State of Texas
Stoned
Question
You Were Born To Be in a Battle
Barrier Reef
Let The Whiskey Take The Reins
Murder (Or a Heart Attack)
Mama Tried (Merle Haggard cover)
Big Brown Eyes
Please Hold on While the Train Is Moving
Four Leaf Clover
encore:
Come Around (Rhett Miller solo)
Valentine (Murray Hammond solo)
The Other Shoe
Won’t Be Home
Every Night is Friday Night (Without You)
Timebomb

As I mentioned, the band was very approachable and I was able to get the spread on the inside of their new cd autographed by all four members of the band. So I’d like to thank Rhett Miller, Murray Hammond, Ken Bethea and Philip Peeples for coming through on the tour and I can’t wait for the next time.

The Old 97's The Grand Theater Vol. 1 cd inside spread autographed by (from left to right) Ken Bethea, Rhett Miller, Philip Peeples and Murray Hammond.

The Old 97's The Grand Theater Vol. 1 cd inside spread autographed with a nice silver sharpie by (from left to right) Ken Bethea, Rhett Miller, Philip Peeples and Murray Hammond.

Posted February 1, 2011 by VocalsOnTop in Uncategorized

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