Old 97's Ticket Giveaway: Tell Us Your Story

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After all these years, there's still something special about seeing the Old 97's back where they started -- right here in their native Dallas. Perhaps it's Rhett Miller and the boys' longevity; perhaps it's whatever that certain something special is that leaves us longing for the "next" Old 97's. Either way, it's more than just nostalgia. (Their upcoming album, Most Messed Up, is proof of that.)

Then again, nostalgia never hurts. As we prep for the band's return to town this Saturday at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, DC9 at Night has an offer to help make this visit an especially memorable one: a pair of free tickets to the show. Below the break, find out how you could be the lucky winner.

The idea's simple. Just about every Old 97's fan has a story of how they first heard the band. Maybe it was a live show before they'd broken out of North Texas. Maybe it was that copy of Too Far to Care you bought on CD, or the mixtape your friend made you with "Wreck of the Old 97" on it. One way or another, we want to hear your story. What's your first memory of hearing the Old 97's? Why has that moment hung with you?

Send us your stories by the end of the day today, either in the comments section below or at jeff.gage@dallasobserver.com, and we'll pick our favorite. First thing tomorrow morning, we'll announce the lucky winner (plus-one, of course).

And with that, share away!


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rkm200
rkm200

Ballad of The Old 97’s

We were born on the hilltop raised by the brave, but fussing and fighting is all we ever craved. Then one day we was shooting for some mood and up from behind a bush came Rhett and his crew. Country that is, alternative with a little Texas tease. So the next thing we knew old 97’s were a bid fucking deal. Bullock, Ainston and Streep loves em fur real! So Rhett says its time to move outta here. And up to New York,leaving Texas in his rear. So he and femme headed to their new lovenest, new furniture, bigass rungs and a maid to order to clean up any of their mess.So the old 97 all but scattered for a few years. One going solo and the band seemed done I feared. It was good bye Texas, and hello Hollywood! With stars and parties and all the red carpets one could.

Yeah you hear Rhett on the Ticket every once in a while, giving Cobra and the fans a reason to smile. And sometimes they played a Dallas gig on new years eve or fourth of July. But to me they’llalways be just that Dallas band from that always abides.

Ronk

Dallas, TX

sizzle2k3
sizzle2k3

I had heard of the Old 97s in passing for years. I was probably 23 years old, and my life had been a combination of Eminem, Limp Bizkit, and Sublime. God had apparently set my soul aside to be dealt with at a later date.


The Old 97s was, and still is, a strange band name to me. Old? 97? Huh? Call me shallow, but I just had no interest in taking the next step of checking these guys out. Me and my wife had started watching the "Friday Night Lights" TV show, which we enjoyed very much. The teenage daughter of the head football coach on the show had mentioned that she really wanted to see the Old 97s show in Austin. I thought "There's that band again". My interest was piqued a bit, but I still made no further efforts.
A few weeks later, I was watching some re-runs of Scrubs (great show that I had missed while it was running, so I try to catch it on syndication whenever possible). There was a scene where a proposal took place in a park. The characters were accompanied by a simple, pleasant riff, and a soft, yet powerful, voice. It was Rhett Miller singing "Question". It MADE this pivotal scene in the show. It was very emotional, not just because of the great acting and writing of the show, but because of that damn song! It was so good that I decided to look it up and re-listen to it. 
I'll be damned. It's that band again.
I was shocked to see that the Old 97s had infiltrated my life once again. At this point, I had to give them a shot. I get on Napster (legal Napster, which apparently was a bad business model because no form of Napster currently exists) and I click on the top song. The "most popular" song, I guess. Why not? What else did I have to go on? Well, the song was "Time Bomb". It was unlike anything I had ever heard and it, appropriately, blew my mind. 
Since then, I've delved deeply into the Old 97s' catalog, bought records, and even changed my songwriting style, for the better, because of these guys. My wife is a HUGE fan as well and is begging to go to this show.
I don't know whether "Question" was my WOW moment, or if Time Bomb was. Either way, the Old 97s saved me from Fred Durst, and how could that not make them my heroes?
I'm sorry, it didn't like my paragraphing so it made me post a wall of text. I share your pain.

Jenny405
Jenny405

I had no idea who the old 97's were (yes, I had been living under a rock apparently) until my husband said there was a concert he wanted to go to. I said sure sounds like fun! We planned on going to the concert in okc but we missed it. We found out they were playing the next night at Cain's ballroom in Tulsa so we decided to try to make that one. Amazing, does not even describe what we experienced....it was the BEST concert I have ever been to. My husband now plays "question"for me on our anniversary, and our anniversary happens to be next week and I would love to surprise him with tickets.

ally835
ally835

I was 16 and my boyfriend gave me a copy of Too Far to Care. We listened to it constantly. I fell in love with the band and the boyfriend. Big brown eyes was "our" song and I knew some day we'd be dancing to it at our wedding. Fast forward a few years and the boyfriend is gone but the old 97's are still rocking me.  Satellite Rides helps me hook a new guy through repeated playings of "designs on you". Boyfriend II and I travel all over Texas to catch the Old 97's and I knew I'd found my true partner in crime driving home from the cd store early in the morning blasting "won't be home" the day Drag it up came out. A few years later, I'm on my own again and Blame it on gravity comes out. This album is all mine. I love the sunset, and I absolutely want to Dance with Rhett. Almost every "our" song I've had has been an Old97's tune. I've learned boys will come and go, but the Old 97's are with me forever.  


Can't wait to hear the new album.  There's this guy I think will really dig it.


n_deutscher
n_deutscher

FIrst saw you guys at Naomi's in Deep Ellum.  Ken had to move out of the way so folks could walk in the bar.  A big group was there for a birthday party - we took over the small space.  The following week you were on the cover of the Observer - Hitchhike to Rhome cover story with picture of Rhett with cropped hair and big glasses.  Fell in love with the band that night and have been a fan ever since.  Traveled from coast to coast to see you guys countless times and it never gets old.  We lost our pig that night at Naomi's but all is forgiven (wink, wink).

eskra
eskra

I first saw them at Chumley's in Deep Ellum in the early/mid 90's when I was working there as a club manager.  Great bunch of guys.  In fact I liked them so much that I booked them every Friday for several months straight.  Rhett and Murray approached me after about a month and said that as much as they appreciated all the play, that I was overbooking them in that venue.  They were absolutely correct.  It was my first experience with booking bands and I didn't realize that too much of a good thing could be a bad thing.  Wish I had stayed in touch with them throughout the years.  Glad to see all of their successes.

ryaneick
ryaneick

I've been a big fan of the Old 97's for a couple years now.  When I was in college, a friend gave me a mixtape, which included the song "Stoned".  I thought it was a great song, one of the few country songs that was able to effectively use the words "dope" and "fly", and within a couple months, I had gotten my hands on every single one of the Old 97's albums.  In the two and a half years since I first heard "Stoned", my love of the band has grown exponentially, and I now consider the Old 97's to be my favorite band.  My favorite album is probably "Too Far to Care", followed closely by "Satellite Rides".  Back in October, this girl I had a crush on moved to Los Angeles before I could tell her how I felt, and I must have listened to "Just Like California" about a hundred times over the course of one week, and it continues to be one of my favorite of their songs.


Unfortunately, I have never seen the Old 97's live, but this season, I'm looking to change that.  I live and work in New York City, just a few subway stops away from Webster Hall, and am waiting with bated breath to see them perform in June.

djdfekt
djdfekt

It was 1994 I believe. I always went out of my way to by the old CMJ magazine because it came with a cd sampler of all different music and I often found things on them that I had never heard of but instantly loved. This particular time I was giving the cd a listen and "Timebomb" came through the speakers. Now being raised on punk rock I was instantly hooked, and being a transplant from NYC to the south I was intrigued. I had never heard "cow punk" (i believe that was how CMJ described them) and I was hooked. I went out searching for the cd. Back in those days you actually had to go to a store and look through rows and rows of poorly organized discs. Anyway, try as I might, I never could find it. Turns out I never thought to look in the (gasp) COUNTRY section of the cd store. I was a yankee raised on punk, looking next to the hank williams never occurred to me at all. So it was a few years before I actually got my hands on a copy. But it was all downhill after that first time I heard Time Bomb. As time went by I acquired everything the boys had put out, and patiently waited for the next album. They opened the door to a whole new spectrum of music that I never knew I loved. The inspired me to trade in my 7 string shredder for a well balanced acoustic and play a different type of song that I never knew I had in me.  Years later when I met my wife I played her some Old 97s and she fell in love too. And now every year we try to go see the boys live whenever they are close enough to our lame Virginia town. Usually we go to Charlottesville to see them, but this year they are playing a larger venue in DC and we will not be able to make it. But I have no doubt we will see them again soon, they are and always will be a band that touches our hearts and brings us ever closer together. We have never seen a bad set, and are usually quite happy to see the opening acts as they also become some of our favorites. Most recently it was The O's that we saw open for them and they are amazing too. I hope whoever wins the tickets has the time of their life, I know we always do. Unfortunately we can not make it to dallas for the show, so please don't pick us, we would rather see them go to someone that can enjoy it. But hey, if you got any Old 97's merch feel free to send it our way, I don't have any and her Trainwreck shirt is getting worn out. Thank you for the chance to share my story, and trust me when I say that I will continue to share the Old 97's music with folks every chance I get. I have made quite a few fans of folks over the years and I can only imagine the new album will give me even more chances to share it with newbys. To the boys, have a great show, and please come to Roanoke Va or somewhere close so we can hang out, I own a tattoo shop and would love to have a pic of you guys with us to hang in the waiting area next to my Joe Strummer photo, I dont hang just anyone there, only the greats. Thanks again. 

synyster_turtle
synyster_turtle

My first memory was in 2007 during Middle school while I was listening to Fuse TV, back when they still played good music. I was watching music videos like I did every afternoon and Question came on during a commercial. I started dancing and singing along with the lyrics, enthralled. After that I looked the lyrics up and practiced singing it. I fell in love with the rest of your music soon after and have seen you once in Cinci. Best concert of my life.

MsKim
MsKim

I remember Rhett playing in Deep Ellum when we were all just kids but was a late listener to The Old 97's. Thank goodness I have dear friends who changed that situation!! My first show was at the Granada a few years ago and it was a standout show for great music and friends!!! Now, I catch as many localish Old 97's shows that I can... even if that means standing, umbrellaless, out in the freezing pouring rain at the Lake Highlands Oktoberfest!!

shelly.roder
shelly.roder

My first old 97's memory is that a friend of mine invited me to their show in San Francisco (at the Great American Music Hall circa 2000?).  And she got me to go to the show by telling me the lead singer had absolutely perfect rock star hair.  I agreed!  And have been a fan since... though my best story is that I went to see Old 97's the night before giving birth to my firstborn at Summerfest in Milwaukee.  She (the firstborn) is a huge fan - we took her to the Summerfest show the night before her 4th birthday to re-enact her birth story.  :)  Thanks!  Can't wait til your Milwaukee show this spring! 

meredithpiper
meredithpiper

My first memory of hearing the Old 97's was in....maybe 1994 or 1995 at the Orbit Room in Deep Ellum.  I was blown away and rejuvenated! Interestingly, Reverend Horton Heat was in attendance watching them.  That confirmed the awesomeness of the Old 97's in my eyes.

jeff.gage
jeff.gage

@n_deutscher Any story that involves losing a pig (we'd like to know more about that part, by the way) is a winner in our books. Congratulations! We'll be contacting you about the tickets

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