When: Sat., Jan. 22, 9 p.m. 2011
Out of the generation of Bloodshot Records-affiliated country acts that emerged in the early 1990s, the Old 97's were the one that best fused alternative swagger with power-pop hookiness. Call it a modern-day version of the Beatles' admiration for Buck Owens, wrapped in the guise of a Dallas quartet. And while the Texas foursome never earned the cred of forebear Uncle Tupelo, or enjoyed the commercial breakthrough of the recently resurgent Jayhawks, it garnered a devout fanbase and regular AAA airplay. Save for a brief hiatus in the early 2000s , when moptopfrontmanRhett Millerkickstared his solo career, the harmony-lovin' honky-tonkers have been a regular presence both in the studio and on the road. Not unlike 1999's Fight Songs, last year's The Grand Theatre, Volume One, found the Old 97's hitting that perfect balance of alt-pop manna and rootsy country-rock. This blurring of stylistic lines will go full tilt on Saturday, Jan. 22 at the Fillmore (1805 Geary Blvd., San Francisco) 9 p.m. $26.50. TheFillmore.com.
Dave Gil de Rubio