Saturday, May 7, 2011


Old 97's introduce The Grand Theatre Vol. 2, their ninth studio album, available July 5th via New West Records.  The new record is a companion to the critically acclaimed The Grand Theatre Volume One, which received 3 ½ stars from both Rolling Stone and American Songwriter.   Released less than a year since their last effort, The Grand Theatre Vol. 2features 13 brand new songs and is once again produced by Salim Nourallah (The Grand Theatre Volume One and Blame It On Gravity.)


"Vol. 2 expands on the themes found in Volume One both sonically and lyrically," explains Miller.  "We delved further into our experiments in gritty garage rock and at times spun further into lush psychedelia.  Like Volume One, you'll find narratives that are stunted and strange."


Though the band originally conceptualized The Grand Theatre as a double album,  they decided it would be wiser to release two volumes in quick succession in order to allow fans time to fully digest each. This decision gave the 97's an opportunity to polish the existing recordings, and to include a couple of brand-new songs, including the early audience favorite, "I'm A Trainwreck", and "Perfume," the first single planned from Vol. 2.  "Perfume," which could be described as a sequel to "The Dance Class", a song found on Volume One, is a classic Miller character study, seemingly happy with a dark twist.  An agoraphobic guy falls in love with a dancer who lives across the street.  He finally gets her, but he's trapped inside, jealously watching through the window as she lives it up.  The moral of the story? Be careful what you wish for.  An Old 97's record would not be complete without a contribution from bassist Murry Hammond. The light-hearted "White Port" is a Monty Python-esque number complete with hilarious Pirate vocals.


Old 97's, known for their vibrant live shows, continue to tour through the summer in support ofThe Grand Theatre Vol. 2.   The dates will be a mix of headline shows and festivals including the Sasquatch Festival and Outside Lands (tour dates listed below).


The Grand Theatre Vol. 2 Track List:

1. Brown Haired Daughter

2. I'm A Trainwreck

3. Perfume

4. The Actor

5. No Simple Machine

6. White Port

7. Ivy

8. Manhattan (I'm Done)

9. Marquita

10. Bright Spark (See What I Mean)

11. Visiting Hours

12. How Lovely All It Was

13. You Call It Rain  


Tour Dates

Rhett Miller Solo

May 5 Santa Barbara, Ca Club Soho

May 6 Big Sur, CA Henry Miller Library

May 7 San Francisco, CA Swedish American Hall  


Old 97's

May 26 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater

May 27 Denver CO  Bluebird Theater

May 28 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge

May 20 George, WA  Sasquatch Festival

May 31 Spokane, WA Bing Crosby Theater

June 1  Portland, OR Doug Fir

June 3  Petaluma, CA Mystic Theater

June 4  Sacramento, CA Harlow's

June 5  San Juan Capistrano, CA The Coach House

June 6  Scotsdale, AZ  Martini Ranch

June 7  Tucson, AZ  Plush

June 9  San Antonio, TX  Sam's Burger Joint

June 10 Austin, TX  La Zona Rosa

June 11 Lubbock, TX  The Blue Light
June 26 Ft Worth TX  Ft. Worth Botanic Garden
July 7   Milwaukee, WI Summerfest
July 8   Nashville, TN Mercy Lounge
July 9   Nashville, TN Mercy Lounge
July 11 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live
July 12 Asbury Park, NJ  Stone Pony
July 13 Brooklyn NY The Bell House
July 14 Brooklyn NY The Bell House
July 15 Wellfleet, MA  Beachcomber
July 16 Greenfield, MA  Green River Festival
July 18 Chicago, IL  Lincoln Hall
July 19 Chicago, IL  Lincoln Hall
July 20 Minneapolis, MN  First Avenue
July 21 Kansas City, MO  Crossroads
July 23 Dallas, TX  Texas Rangers / After Game Concert
Aug 13 San Francisco, CA  Outside Lands Festival

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