News

The Old 97’s are working on setting up a benefit show for David Cunniff, the Dallas father who was severely injured in an altercation at the Old 97’s July 25th show in Dallas’ Deep Ellum district, an assault for which his assailant has now been arrested. More word as the situation develops.

And for whatever combination of reasons, the next Old 97’s show in Dallas, just confirmed for October 30, will not be in Deep Ellum, but in the newly renovated Granada Theater in the Greenville Avenue area.

You guys are familiar with the World Cafe, right? It’s a great and long-running music program that runs on some 165 public radio stations around the country. Well the Old 97’s will be the featured guest TOMORROW, August 20. If you miss it, can listen online Monday to Friday at 2pm ET or 1am ET by going to http://www.xpn.org/listen.php

Also, the 97’s will be on the small screen again next month, this time on CNBC’s McEnroe, on Wednesday September 22. The show airs from 10 – 11pm ET.

In other TV news, have you seen this ad? To the sweet and dulcet tones of the Old 97’s “Question,” a young and handsome couple spend a romantic day together, at the end of which the guy suddenly puts the girl into a taxi and sends her away in favor of playing the latest release of a popular video game. The sponsor? EA’s Madden NFL 2005.

Finally, here’s a fine new review of Drag It Up from popmatters.com. And you know what’s so great about it? Because finally here’s a reviewer who gets the significance of this album, in what could and should be a career of many decades for the Old 97’s. Enjoy.