"I'm good with God. I wonder how she feels about me?"
So ends the chorus of the Old 97's' "Good With God," the lead single from the band's 11th album, Graveyard Whistling. Due February 24th, the album offers up another boozy blast of Texas twang, train-beat percussion and guitar grit from Rhett Miller and company, who recorded its 11 songs in the same border-town studio that spawned the group's major-label debut, Too Far to Care, two decades earlier.
With their original four-piece lineup still intact, the Old 97's' welcome a new face into the fold with "Good With God," whose titular omniscient character is played by Brandi Carlile. The two trade vocal duties throughout, with Carlile's voice bathed in plenty of godly reverb. The result is an ominous, off-kilter duet between Miller and his maker, driven forward at highway speed by bandmates Philip Peeples, Murry Hammond and Ken Bethea.
Produced by Vance Powell, Graveyard Whistling also features help from co-writers like Nicole Atkins and Butch Walker, making it one of the most collaborative albums in the band's catalog. Some habits never die, though, and the band will be supporting the album's release as they've supported every record before it: with a lengthy spring tour that stretches from the Florida coastline to Southern California. [Watch the animated lyric video for the song above.]
Here are the Old 97's' tour dates:
February 25 - Ponte Vedra, FL @ Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
February 26 - March 1 - Tampa, FL @ Outlaw Country Cruise
March 2 - St. Petersburg, FL @ The State Theatre
March 3 - Tallahassee, FL @ Fifth & Thomas
March 4 - Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
March 21 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos
March 22 - Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
March 23 - Eugene, OR @ Wow Hall
March 24 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
March 25 - San Luis Obispo, CA @ The Fremont Theater
March 27 - Reno, NV @ Cargo Concert Hall
March 29 - Hermosa Beach, CA @ Saint Rocke
March 30 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre
March 31 - Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern
April 1 - Big Bear Lake, CA @ The Cave Big Bear
April 2 - Las Vegas, NV @ Vinyl
April 5 - Scottsdale, AZ @ Livewire
April 6 - Santa Fe, NM @ Santa Fe Brewing Company
April 7 - Lubbock, TX @ The Blue Light