Alt-country pioneers Old 97s to play at Hoot's on Thursday

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Old 97s will play Thursday at Hoot's Pub.

By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer

Alt-country icons Old 97s will return to Amarillo on Thursday for a 10 p.m. show at Hoot's Pub, 2424 Hobbs Road.

The band, which declined an interview request, first performed in Amarillo last fall despite a career stretching back to the early 1990s, based mostly in the Dallas area.

They got national attention in the mid-'90s, signing with Elektra Records and releasing the single "Murder (Or a Heart Attack)," but never had one true breakout single that would tie them indelibly to the '90s, leaving them free to continue being a creative force rather than coast as a nostalgia act, lead singer Rhett Miller told me in September. The band's most recent album, Most Messed Up, was released in 2014.

Cover is $15 in advance or $20 day of the show. 

Here's a roundup of some of the band's best in its 20-plus-year career:

"Murder (Or a Heart Attack)" live, Old 97s

"Let's Get Drunk and Get It On," Old 97s

"Won't Be Home" live, Old 97s

"Longer Than You've Been Alive," Old 97s

"Nineteen" by Old 97s on "The Late Show with David Letterman"

"Designs on You" by Old 97s on "The Tonight Show"

Chip Chandler is a digital content producer for Panhandle PBS. He can be contacted at, at @chipchandler1 on Twitter and at on Facebook.    

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