Formed in Dallas in 1993, Old '97s are an American alt-country band consisting of Rhett Miller, Murry Hammond, Ken Bethea, and Philip Peeples. The band's first LP, Hitchhike to...More
Formed in Dallas in 1993, Old '97s are an American alt-country band consisting of Rhett Miller, Murry Hammond, Ken Bethea, and Philip Peeples. The band's first LP, Hitchhike to Rhome, set them off on a US tour which led them to Chicago, where they caught the eye of Bloodshot Records. The band inked a deal with the label for the release of their next album, 1996's Wreck Your Life. In turn this release garnered attention from Elektra Records, who released a string of LPs from Old '97s: Too Far to Care (1997), Fight Songs (1999), and Satellite Rides (2001).
Remarkably prolific, the band have released a steady stream of records over the course of the past two decades. Their first "greatest hits" collection arrived in 2006 with the release of Hit by a Train: The Best of Old 97's. A vinyl-only retrospective of their work for Bloodshot, Wreck Your Life... And Then Some: The Complete Bloodshot Recordings, came out in 2009. Four years later, the band released Old 97's & Waylon Jennings, an EP featuring demo recordings from 1996 plus two contemporaneously recorded duets with Waylon Jennings. The most recent release from Old 97's is Graveyard Whistling, which came out in February 2017.