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Old 97's release "The Dropouts"

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Old 97's released the opening track, "The Dropouts," from their upcoming Twelfth," coming Aug. 21 on ATO.

"'The Dropouts'" follows the previously released first single and video "Turn Off The TV," which features cameos from Puddles Pity Party, Janeane Garofalo, Jenna Fischer, Paul F. Tompkins and Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick. A lyric video of the song was released.

"We experienced some close calls over the last few years," said Miller, "and I think that led us to this dawning realization of the fragility of it all. At the same time, it also led us to this increased gratitude for the music and the brotherhood we've been so lucky to share. I think all of that combined to make recording this album one of the most intensely joyful experiences we've ever had as a band."

Working out of Sputnik Sound in Nashville, Miller and his longtime bandmates - bassist Murry Hammond, guitarist Ken Bethea and drummer Philip Peeples - teamed up once again with producer Vance Powell (Chris Stapleton, Jack White).

Miller wrote all the songs himself except for the Spaghetti Western-esque "Happy Hour" and hypnotic album closer "Why Don't We Ever Say We're Sorry," which were both written and sung by Hammond.

"You have to take pride in the unlikeliness of it all," said Miller. "It's mind boggling to think that we've been able to last this long, that we've been able to support ourselves and our families on our own terms for almost 30 years. Twelve is a lot of records."

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