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With over twenty years and ten albums to their name, Texas alt-country stalwarts Old 97's return with their eleventh LP, Graveyard Whistling via ATO Records. The album was recorded in the same Tornillo, TX studio as their major label debut back in 1996, Too Far To Care. "[Too Far To Care] is the sound that best defined us," notes Rhett Miller, the lead singer and primary songwriter. "It was a really magical time, and we go back to it a lot in our collective memory."
And so when it came time for the band – which still consists of the same four members: Miller, guitarist Ken Bethea, bassist Murry Hammond, and drummer Philip Peeples – to record their newest endeavor, producer Vance Powell brought up the idea of returning to Tornillo. "We knew instantly that it was the perfect move," says Miller. "The time-travel element can't be overstated. It was a beautiful feeling of completing a circle – we're the same people, but we had grown so much as band mates and friends. It really made me believe in the power of experience and that you do get better with time."
While there are new collaborators on Graveyard Whistling, including Nicole Atkins and Butch Walker, there aren't more than a handful of bands in history who can claim to have an intact, unchanged line-up as they approach twenty-five years together. There is, of course, no real blueprint or rulebook for sustaining the kind of chemistry that Miller, Bethea, Hammond, and Peeples enjoy. "I think our longevity can be attributed primarily to our friendship and ability to overcome those moments when egos want to overtake and obliterate everything in their path," adds Miller. "We experienced the hype of the old business model, with all of its excess and idiocy, and also the deconstruction of that model and the advent of the new world, and been able to maintain a fundamental love for each other."