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Old 97’s Announce New Album

August 12, 2010 | Posted by Mitch Michaels

The Old 97’s are releasing a brand new album, The Grand Theatre Volume One, on October 12th. The band recorded over two dozen new songs during studio sessions and will be releasing a second volume in 2011.

The Grand Theatre Volume One was predominantly written during frontman Rhett Miller’s 2009 solo tour abroad.The sound is being decribed as “Garage-Rock-meets-60s-British Invasion without abandoning the classic 97’s sound”.

Miller says, “The Grand Theatre centers around a suite of songs I wrote during a month-long tour of England, Ireland and Scandinavia. Opening for the great Steve Earle meant watching a master Texas songwriter at work and I soaked up these strange surroundings and turned them into songs. I was writing at a furious clip in the midst of the most intense kinds of planes, trains and automobiles. I can see an epistolary strain running through the songs. All my years of Anglophilia make these feel like a collection of love letters, or a collection of letters home. I wrote the title track in the dressing room of Leeds’ Grand Theatre.”

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