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Old 97's On World Cafe

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Old 97's On World Cafe

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Old 97's On World Cafe

Old 97's On World Cafe

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Formed in Dallas, Old 97's first got together more than 20 years ago. The band's latest album, Most Messed Up, hearkens back to the wild spirit of earlier albums like Too Far to Care; its sprawling opening track, "Longer Than You've Been Alive," recalls the group's history and has lead singer Rhett Miller fully embracing his rock 'n' roll lifestyle.

"I think a lot of the people that do what we do for a living, you worry all the time about, 'How am I doing? What's next?'" Miller tells World Cafe host David Dye. "But something clicked for me where I just stopped worrying about it, and I'm happy to be where I am. And part of that is liberating and makes it okay to step up and say, 'OK, I'm just going to sing about this crazy life.'"

Here, the members of Old 97's speak more about Most Messed Up and play a few songs from the album.

This session was originally published May 28, 2014.

Old 97's On World Cafe

  • Longer Than You've Been Alive

    'Longer Than You've Been Alive'

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  • Let's Get Drunk & Get It On

    'Let's Get Drunk & Get It On'

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  • This Is The Ballad

    'This Is The Ballad'

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  • Wasted

    'Wasted'

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  • Four Leaf Clover

    'Four Leaf Clover'

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