News from Rolling Stone Country this morning and a good excuse to put a picture of Rhett Miller up: “”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 [below].]”