Old 97's Dominate Dallas Music Awards

Alt-country darlings The Old 97's rolled through the Dallas Observer Music Awards on Tuesday night, as the group took home six honors for its 1999 album, "Fight Songs."

In addition to being named as the city's Best Overall Act, The Old 97's frontman Rhett Miller also won awards for Male Vocalist Of The Year and Local Musician Of The Year, and he shared the Songwriter award with the band's bassist, Murry Hammond.

"Murder (Or A Heart Attack)," The Old 97's lost and found feline track from "Fight Songs" (see "Old 97's Get 'Catty' For New Single") earned the Single award at the show, which was staged at the Gypsy Tea Room.

In other Old 97's news, frontman Miller is preparing to head out on the road for a solo tour, and the group plans to start work on a new album in the next few months. According to the band's label, Elektra Records, The Old 97's hope to have the new LP out sometime this fall.


from The Old 97's, the other multiple DMA winners were Chomsky, whose record, "A Few Possible Selections For The Soundtrack of Your Life," was named best Album Release, while the band was tapped as best Rock/Pop Act. Singer-songwriter Meredith Miller also won DMAs in the Female Vocalist and Folk/Acoustic categories.

Other local artists and hometown musicians feted at the 2000 Dallas Music Awards included Erykah Badu, The Reverend Horton Heat, Hellafied Funk Crew, Jump Rope Girls, and The Deathray Davies.

The 2000 Dallas Music Awards were sponsored by alternative newsweekly the "Dallas Observer," and winners were chosen by a popular vote of its readers. For profiles on all of the artists honored at the show, check out the official Dallas Music Awards site.

Winners of the 2000 Dallas Observer Music Awards:

  • Best Act Overall: The Old 97's
  • Album Release (1999): Chomsky

    - "A Few Possible Selections For The Soundtrack of Your Life"

  • Single Release (1999): The Old 97's - "Murder (Or A Heart Attack)"
  • Local Musician Of The Year: Rhett Miller, The Old 97's
  • Songwriter(s): Rhett Miller & Murry Hammond, The Old 97's
  • Male vocalist: Rhett Miller, The Old 97's
  • Female Vocalist: Meredith Miller
  • New Act: The Deathray Davies
  • Rock/Pop: Chomsky
  • Country: The Old 97's
  • Metal: Slow Roosevelt
  • Rockabilly/Roots: The Reverend Horton Heat
  • Funk/R&B: Erykah Badu
  • Rap/Hip-Hop: Hellafied Funk Crew
  • Reggae: Sub Oslo
  • Folk/Acoustic: Meredith Miller
  • Avante Garde/Experimental: Jump Rope Girls
  • Industrial/Dance: DJ Merritt
  • Jazz: Earl Harvin Trio
  • Blues: Andy Timmons
  • Latin/Tejano: Brave Combo
  • Producer: Matt Pence
  • Radio Program That Plays Local Music: "The Local Show," KEGL-FM (97.1)
  • Local Record Label: One Ton Records
  • Live Music Venue: Gypsy Tea Room