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October 18, 2004 // UPDATED 4:21 pm - April 25, 2007
By: Holly Day
Holly Day

Country boys

Rhett Miller is far from a carbon copy of Hank Hill, but the lead singer and guitarist of the Old 97's shares a few characteristics with Fox TV's symbol of Americana.

In addition to his love of old-school country and Willie Nelson, Miller is a seventh-generation Texan and hopes to have his babies there someday.

"It seems like it would be a waste not to have least one kid in Texas," Miller said. "What if I blow it and give up my lineage? There aren't many seventh-generation Texans left, and even fewer eighth-generation Texans."

How could such a statement not appeal to "King of the Hill" fans?

Miller's concerns about his progeny is also reflected in "Drag It Up"; the Old 97's newest release is the band's most grown-up album yet.

Such concerns may also be in keeping with a good chunk of these rootsy rockers' fan base, 20- and 30-something Camper Van Beethoven- and Wilco-loving sets.

Friday, Oct. 22, 6 p.m. First Avenue, 701 1st Ave. N. $15. 332-1775.

Lock up your daughters

R. Kelly's in town, and with him comes a whole lot of songs about a whole lot of lovin'. Concerned parents can pretend that songs like "Feelin' On Yo' Booty" and "Bump n' Grind" have nothing to do with rabid carnality and actually refer to mild skin irritations and bumper cars, but it's hard to make such songs as "Sex Me" or "Down Low (Nobody Has to Know)" family-friendly.

OK, so the man's got just one thing on his mind -- but what do you think women in the audience have on their mind while he's singing?

Tuesday, Oct. 19, 7 p.m. Target Center, 600 1st Ave. N. Call for prices. 673-3865.