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Old 97's slates Volume 2 release

Monday, May 16, 2011 – Old 97's will release "The Grand Theatre Vol. 2," their ninth studio album on July 5 via New West Records. The new record is a companion to "The Grand Theatre Volume One" from 2010 and features 13 new songs.

Salim Nourallah ("The Grand Theatre Volume One" and "Blame It On Gravity") produced the disc.

"Vol. 2 expands on the themes found in Volume One both sonically and lyrically," said lead singer Rhett Miller. "We delved further into our experiments in gritty garage rock and at times spun further into lush psychedelia. Like Volume One, you'll find narratives that are stunted and strange."

Though the band originally conceptualized "The Grand Theatre" as a double album, they decided to release two volumes in quick succession in order to allow fans time to fully digest each. This decision gave the 97's an opportunity to polish the existing recordings, and to include a couple of brand-new songs, including I'm A Trainwreck and Perfume, the first single planned from Vol. 2. Bassist Murry Hammond contributed the light-hearted White Port, a Monty Python-esque number complete with pirate vocals.

Songs on the CD are:

1. Brown Haired Daughter
2. I'm A Trainwreck
3. Perfume
4. The Actor
5. No Simple Machine
6. White Port
7. Ivy
8. Manhattan (I'm Done)
9. Marquita
10. Bright Spark (See What I Mean)
11. Visiting Hours
12. How Lovely All It Was
13. You Call It Rain

Tour dates are:

Thursday May 26 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater
Friday May 27 Denver CO Bluebird Theater
Saturday May 28 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
Monday May 20 George, WA Sasquatch Festival
Tuesday May 31 Spokane, WA Bing Crosby Theater
Wednesday June 1 Portland, OR Doug Fir
Friday June 3 Petaluma, CA Mystic Theater
Saturday June 4 Sacramento, CA Harlow's
Sunday June 5 San Juan Capistrano, CA The Coach House
Monday June 6 Scotsdale, AZ Martini Ranch
Tuesday June 7 Tucson, AZ Plush
Thursday June 9 San Antonio, TX Sam's Burger Joint
Friday June 10 Austin, TX La Zona Rosa
Saturday June 11 Lubbock, TX The Blue Light
Sunday June 26 Ft Worth TX Ft. Worth Botanic Garden
Thursday July 7 Milwaukee, WI Summerfest
Friday July 8 Nashville, TN Mercy Lounge
Saturday July 9 Nashville, TN Mercy Lounge
Monday July 11 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live
Tuesday July 12 Asbury Park, NJ Stone Pony
Wednesday July 13 Brooklyn NY The Bell House
Thursday July 14 Brooklyn NY The Bell House
Friday July 15 Wellfleet, MA Beachcomber
Saturday July 16 Greenfield, MA Green River Festival
Monday July 18 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
Tuesday July 19 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
Wednesday July 20 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
Thursday July 21 Kansas City, MO Crossroads
Saturday July 23 Dallas, TX Texas Rangers / After Game Concert
Saturday Aug 13 San Francisco, CA Outside Lands Festival

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