I’m not old enough to attend a 15th anniversary tour of an album I loved while I was in high school. Well, obviously I am. That album, of course, is The Old 97s’ 1997 masterpiece Too Far to Care, which gave us such great songs as “Timebomb,” “Melt Show,” and “Streets of Where I’m From.” The Dallas-based Old 97s are an alt-country group. Actually, they are the alt-country group, as other mainstays of the genre have either broken up or shifted into new musical styles, and numerous imitators have followed them. And despite being together for twenty years, they are still going strong.
I saw them at the Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville, Va (Charlottesville is the home of the University of Virginia, and a bit of a hip oasis in the American South). The show was, to be blunt, awesome.
Front man Rhett Miller opened with a short solo set, »
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