Oldies and Goodies

With music that's equal parts bar rock, power-pop, and classic country, an Old 97's show defies you not to have a good time. The guitars are always just twangy enough, the lovelorn hooks irresistible. Hence, the Dallas act's long-held status as one of alt-country's biggest bands. Singer and guitarist Rhett Miller can get a little too earnest, but he's a playful and intelligent lyricist. Among his best work with the band is "Designs on You" from 2001's stellar Satellite Rides. On that song, he pleads to a lover, "You can go ahead and get married/And this will be our secret thing/I won't tell a soul/Except the people in the nightclub where I sing."

 
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