Last Night: The Old 97's at House of Blues

The Old 97's House of Blues August 23, 2012

Too Far to Care is an album about growing up the hard way but having a lot of fun while you do it. It was made by a band who thought the world was about to be at their feet, that they were about to break through to the big time. Showbiz!

That isn't quite what happened. The Old 97's never became true rock stars, maybe, but instead grew into something even more important in this age of downsizing and diminishing returns: Tradesmen.

Released in 1997, about five years before tumbleweeds started blowing through mom-and-pop music stores and something called "file-sharing" was suddenly all the rage, Too Far has aged in subtle ways. Today it's almost shocking how often singer Rhett Miller mentions the telephone.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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