Dallas alt-country rockers the Old 97's will headline the Historic Mansfield Music & Arts Festival on Saturday October 19 while Fort Worth native Buddy Whittington will close the festival on Sunday October 20 in Mansfield, Texas.
The Old 97′s roared out of Dallas 20+ years ago and became one of the most enduring bands in the alternative country/rock catalog drawing inspiration from a broad range of genres, including the twangy stomp of cowpunk and the melodies of power pop.
The group spent the bulk of their first decade posed on the brink of mainstream success, issuing albums that often drew warm reviews. Old 97′s tightened their sound as the 1990s drew to a close, retaining their bar-band vigor while introducing a stronger pop/rock sound. They made their major label debut in 1997 with Too Far to Care, an album that balanced the band’s Texas traditionalism and pop leanings. Their most recent — and ambitious — recordings are The Grand Theatre Volume 1 and a companion recording released in 2011, The Grand Theatre Volume 2 and are reportedly working on new material.
Fort Worth native Buddy Whittington became enamored of the electric guitar after being mesmerized at the reality that, "you plucked a string...'here' and the sound came out...'over THERE.'" Probably the biggest influence in young Bud's musical makeup was the record collection of his big sister, encompassing everything from British Invasion bands to R&B hits of the day.
A succession of fledgling musical efforts with varying degrees of success ensued, culminating in an offer by John Mayall to join The Bluesbreakers in 1993. Whittington appeared on countless Mayall shows and recordings worldwide for the 15 years between 1993 and 2008.
Buddy's self-titled solo CD appeared in 2007 and has garnered very favorable reviews and considerable radio airplay. Buddy is currently writing songs for his second solo outing.
A total of 23 Texas-based bands will perform over the weeklong celebration known as Festival Week in Mansfield. Complete festival information can be found online at www.MansfieldFestival.com