The one chance I had to see Old 97’s live was at the 40 Watt Club in Athens, GA back in 2001. But since I’d spent the most of the day record shopping in Atlanta after dropping a friend off at the airport, I was too exhausted to stand by the time the band started their set. Since then, I’ve had to live with the pain of missing a band I liked play at one of my favorite venues.
Lucky for me, then, that Old 97’s are releasing a two-disc live album they recorded earlier this year.
They’ve been on-again, off-again for a while now, but they are still a great live act. The song “Curtain Calls” reminds me of when I was a young vagabond, doing things like moving to Athens, GA for no reason, and will forever be dear to my heart. Check it out: