Mr. Small’s Theatre

June 4
Doors open at 7 p.m.; concert at 8 p.m.

Fans of alt-country rock who cannot wait to get their fix from Jeff Tweedy (June 6th) and Lucinda Williams (June 14th) during the upcoming Three Rivers Arts Festival, can whet their appetite for the genre first with The Old 97’s.

Formed in 1993 by frontman Rhett Miller and bassist Murry Hammond, the band is back on the road touring in support of its 10th studio album, Most Messed Up, which was released on ATO Records in April 2014. Recorded in Austin, TX, and produced by Salim Nourallah, the new 12-song album features guest appearances by Tommy Stinson (The Replacements, Guns N’ Roses) and Jon Rauhouse (Neko Case).

Widely recognized as pioneers of the 1990s alt-country movement, along with likeminded bands such as Uncle Tupelo, Drive-By Truckers, The Jayhawks and The Bottle Rockets, the band’s sound also draws from a varied mix of musical genres, such as cowpunk and power pop.

Along with band leader Rhett Miller, the group’s lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist, The Old 97’s sound is created by bassist and vocalist Murry Hammond, lead guitarist and vocalist Ken Bethea and drummer Philip Peeples.

In addition to his prolific output with The Old 97’s, Miller has also found time to record five solo albums, become a father, write articles for McSweeney’s, the Atlantic and Salon and tour with Neil Finn.

Opening for The Old 97’s is special guest Lydia Loveless, a Columbus, OH-based singer-songwriter, who released her third studio album, Somewhere Else, on Bloodshot Records in February 2014.

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Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...