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Old 97's: An American Treasure

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Jul. 2 2010, Published 4:32 a.m. ET

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You can’t get much more American than Texas’s beloved Old 97’s, and appropriately the band celebrates the 4th of July in New York City with a celebratory show at South Street Seaport that is open to everyone.

The Dallas-based four-piece -- led by alt-country pin-up-of-sorts Rhett Miller -- continues to tour throughout the month, bringing both their upbeat and soothing sounds of countrified pop-rock from one coast to the other, including two more free shows, one in Chicago and the other in San Francisco, where the tour wraps up on August 5th.

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The band’s new EP, entitled Mimeograph, brings the Old 97’s touch to four covers, the classics Rocks Off by The Rolling Stones and Five Years by David Bowie, along with R.E.M.’s bewitching Driver 8 and, rather unexpectedly, For The Girl by young Glaswegian rock trio The Fratellis. The EP can only be bought at the band’s shows or on their website, old97s.com.

In other Old 97’s news, the band has been hard at work on their upcoming album, The Grand Theatre, which Miller says is inspired by The Clash’s London Calling. The album is expected out in October.

Check out the Old 97’s on tour:

Jun 30 Wed Seattle, WA The Showbox

Jul 1 Thu Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom

Jul 3 Sat Silverado, CA Oak Canyon Ranch

Jul 4 Sun New York, NY South Street Seaport

Jul 10 Sat Dallas, TX  Fair Park

Jul 15 Thu Milwaukee, WI Pabst Theater

Jul 16 Fri Chicago, IL Navy Pier

Jul 17 Sat Detroit, MI Majestic Theatre

Jul 18 Sun Milvale, PA Mr. Small's Theater

Jul 20 Tue Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom

Jul 21 Wed Bloomington, IN Bluebird Nightclub

Jul 22 Thu Des Moines, IA Simon Estes Amphitheater

Jul 23 Fri Fargo, ND The Venue

Jul 24 Sat Omaha, NE  Maha Music Festival @ Lewis and Clark Landing

Jul 26 Mon Englewood, CO Gothic Theatre

Jul 28 Wed Columbia, MO The Blue

Jul 29 Thu Kansas City, MO Crossroads

Jul 30 Fri George's Majestic Fayetteville, AR

Jul 31 Sat Bossier City, LA Harras's Horseshoe Casino

Aug 5 Thu San Francisco, CA Justin Herman Plaza

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