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Artist Stories #1 - Old 97s 

The Sequels play a wide variety of music spanning from the early 50's to current day decades.  Many of the songs we do are relatively unknown, so we're starting a series of posts to introduce you to some of our favorite artists, songwriters and performers.  The first in the series is Old 97's.  One of the first songs we learned as a band was "Doreen".  Of course, we don't do it like the original which is more of a super-fast cow-punk song.  Fortunately, Old 97s also recorded a bluegrass version of the song and in keeping with our tradition of covering other people's covers of songs, it seemed to be a good choice for us.

From Wikipedia:

Old 97's is an American alternative country band from Dallas, Texas, United States. Formed in 1993, they have since released 13 studio albums, two full extended plays, shared split duty on another, and have one live album. Their most recent release is a collection of original Christmas songs.

They are recognized as pioneers of the alt-country movement during the mid to late 1990s along with bands such as Uncle Tupelo, Drive-By Truckers, Whiskeytown, The Jayhawks, and The Bottle Rockets. 

Lead vocalist and primary songwriter Rhett Miller has described the band's style as "loud folk".  Miller is also an accomplished solo artist with 9 albums in his discography.

Old 97s are currently on tour with Rhett Miller doing a set of solo material and the band featuring their new Christmas album.  They play Richmond on December 6.  Check their tour schedule for shows in your area.