Old 97′s Return April 29 With ‘Most Messed Up’ – U.S. Tour Kicks Off April 18

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Americana legends Old 97′s return April 29 with their first album in partnership with MapleMusic Recordings/ATO Records, for ‘Most Messed Up.’

The record is a revealing, 12-track meditation on 20 years in music that finds them at their raucous, boozy best. It’s “a rock opera, a way-off Broadway musical about a musician’s life, loves and lubrication,” says music critic Bill Flanagan. Recorded in Austin and produced by Salim Nourallah, ‘Most Messed Up’ also features guest appearances by Tommy Stinson (The Replacements, Guns N’ Roses) and Jon Rauhouse (Neko Case) on lap-steel.

Titles like ‘Wasted,’ ‘Intervention,’ ‘Wheels Off,’ ‘Let’s Get Drunk & Get It On,’ and ‘Most Messed Up’ hint at the kind of narrators frontman Rhett Miller likes to inhabit – men who possess an appetite for indulgence and won’t let a few bad decisions get in the way of a good story. The magic in Miller’s songwriting lies in the depth that he lends his characters. Upon closer inspection, the hard partying and endless pursuit of a good time often reveals itself to be a Band-Aid covering up deeper wounds and emotional scars. “There’s a lot of darkness hidden in this record,” Miller explains.

The Old 97′s emerged from Dallas twenty years ago at the forefront of a musical movement blending rootsy, country-influenced songwriting with punk rock energy. ‘Most Messed Up’ follows their recent two-volume set, ‘The Grand Theatre,’ which found the band as “lifers writing for keeps,” according to Rolling Stone, and their 2013 EP featuring Waylon Jennings, ‘Old 97′s & Waylon Jennings.’

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‘Most Messed Up’ Tracklist:
1. Longer Than You’ve Been Alive
2. Give It Time
3. Let’s Get Drunk & Get It On
4. This Is The Ballad
5. Wheels Off
6. Nashville
7. Wasted
8. Guadalajara
9. The Disconnect
10. The Ex Of All You See
11. Intervention
12. Most Messed Up

Old 97′s Tour Dates:
04/18 – New Braunfels, TX @ Gruene Hall
04/19 – Dallas, TX @ AT&T PAC Annette Strauss Stage
05/05 – El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
05/06 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
05/07 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
05/08 – Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern
05/09 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
05/10 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
05/12 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox at the Market
05/13 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
05/14 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory Concert House
05/15 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
05/16 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
05/17 – Santa Fe, NM @ Sol Santa Fe
05/27 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Upstairs
05/28 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
05/29 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
05/30 – Asheville, NC @ The Grey Eagle
05/31 – Washington DC @ 9:30 Club
06/02 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
06/03 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
06/04 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr Small’s Theatre
06/05 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom & Tavern
06/06 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
06/07 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue

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