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Old 97's return for "Twelfth" time

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Old 97's returns with their 12th album, "Twelfth,"on Aug. 21 on ATO Records.

Twenty-seven years in, Old 97's still features its original lineup - lead singer Rhett Miller, guitarist Ken Bethea, bassist Murry Hammond and drummer Philip Peeples.

The album's cover image of former Dallas Cowboys star quarterback Roger Staubach, an homage to Miller's childhood hero and a recognition that, in making their livings as musicians, the 97's themselves have achieved their lifelong dreams.

""We experienced some close calls over the last few years," said Miller, "and I think that led us to this dawning realization of the fragility of it all. At the same time, it also led us to this increased gratitude for the music and the brotherhood we've been so lucky to share. I think all of that combined to make recording this album one of the most intensely joyful experiences we've ever had as a band."

"You have to take pride in the unlikeliness of it all," said Miller. "It's mind boggling to think that we've been able to last this long, that we've been able to support ourselves and our families on our own terms for almost 30 years. Twelve is a lot of records."

The first single, "Turn Off The TV," is out today alongside a video directed by Liam Lynch that features Puddles the Clown as well as footage of the band throughout their career.

The track list is:
1. The Dropouts
2. This House Got Ghosts
3. Turn Off The TV
4. I Like You Better
5. Happy Hour
6. Belmont Hotel
7. Confessional Boxing
8. Diamonds on Neptune
9. Our Year
10. Bottle Rocket Baby
11. Absence (What We've Got)
12. Why Don't We Ever Say We're Sorry

Miller penned everything on "Twelfth" himself, except the Spaghetti Western-esque "Happy Hour" and closer "Why Don't We Ever Say We're Sorry," which were both written and sung by Hammond.

Working out of Sputnik Sound in Nashville, the band teamed up once again with GRAMMY-winning producer Vance Powell (Chris Stapleton, Jack White).

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