Old 97s, The Waco Brothers and Chuck Prophet headline Twangfest
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Old 97s, The Waco Brothers and Chuck Prophet headline Twangfest

Thursday, March 27, 2008 – The Old 97s, The Waco Brothers and Chuck Prophet are among the acts appearing at this year's 12th annual Twangfest this June in St. Louis.

Continuing its partnership with KDHX 88.1 FM, the festival, which began in 1997, stretches its boundaries with veteran artists and up-and-coming bands.

The Old 97s makes its first appearance at the festival, headlining Friday night, June 6, at the Pageant. Celebrating 15 years together, Old 97s has released seven albums and will release their first disc in 4 years later this year.

Prophet headlines Wednesday night, June 4, at the Schlafly Tap Room. Prophet, who released "Soap and Water" on Yep Roc records last year, will make his first appearance in St. Louis in more than 3 years and his first ever appearance at Twangfest. Joining Prophet are Missouri natives and twangy rockers Ha Ha Tonka, who released "Buckle In the Bible Belt" on Bloodshot Records in 2007, and local band Miles of Wire.

On Thursday night, June 5, and also making their Twangfest debut, The Gourds of Austin headline with their quirky, rowdy rock and folk grooves. Rhythm and blues singer Charles Walker and his band The Dynamites also play the Duck Room on Thursday night.

Country punks The Waco Bros., who headlined the very first festival, will close out Saturday night, June 7, back at Off Broadway, the original home of Twangfest.

More performers and special events will be announced in the coming weeks.

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CD review - Love the Holidays "Love the Holidays" may read like one of those old timey Christmas album titles. You know, those sanitized, safe for the whole family song sets. Granted, there's nothing particularly family unfriendly on this seasonal collection; however, it's still a fairly typical Old 97's album. Vocalist Rhett Miller is just too angsty to ever make completely overjoyed, celebratory music. This album is typical Old 97's music, in the best sense of the term. "Christmas Is ...
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