By Scott Feemster
Are the Old 97's a rock band with a country twang, or a country band that likes to rock out? It seems none of the tags attached to the Old 97's bothers them. Their sound takes influence from some of the old country artists such as Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash, but also takes influence from such classic pop and rock acts like the Kinks and the Beatles. It would be safe to say they fall squarely into the Americana or alt-country genres, and have become one of the most respected bands in whatever genre you would want to place them in.
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