Archive for 2008

2009 album news

December 28, 2008

Per the on-stage banter at the phenomenal show at La Zona Rosa in Austin tonight, Rhett is going into the studio in Dallas in two weeks with BIOG producer Salim Nourallah. Plans are to record a “quiet” solo album for the 97’s front man. One can only hope that it’s a solo acoustic deal in the tradition of the sublime Largo and Fez shows from a few years back. Hey Rhett, if you need some bootlegs of those Fez shows to get you in the mood, let me know! 😉

Also mentioned was plans for the 97’s to re-enter the studio this summer. Rhett’s got some writing to do.  

If you get HDNet from your cable or satellite company, they are going to be airing an Old 97’s concert from several years ago. It was filmed in HD at the Lakewood Theater in Dallas. It will air on December 14 at 2pm ET. Be sure and look for yours truly upfront.


Its alive

November 22, 2008

Howdy y’all! Illness, stock market crashes, a move to a new home,a new web hosting home for HBAT, and a slower couple of news months for the Old 97’s have all conspired to keep posting to a minimum here at Hit By A Train. Jefe and Michael were working to keep the lights on, but their recent posts below, didn’t show up until now, after I updated the new FTP and publishing settings to Blogger.

But anyhow, there’ll be more next week when I get back to Texas. Why? Because Turkey makes me post. Cheers – frank

Cash on barrelhead

September 5, 2008

This just in from the folks at CMT:

Country Music Hall of Fame member Charlie Louvin will go on tour with Old 97’s, the alt-country band, to promote his new album, Steps to Heaven, to be released on Sept. 16 by Tompkins Square Records. Produced by Mark Nevers, the project was recorded with a gospel choir. The 81-year-old Louvin will also release another album, Charlie Louvin Sings Murder Ballads & Disaster Songs, on Dec. 9. In addition to his own albums, he makes a guest appearance on Lucinda Williams’ Little Honey which arrives Oct. 14. Louvin’s tour with Old 97’s begins Oct. 1 in Athens, Ga., and will hit Boston, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Detroit and several other cities before concluding Oct. 12 in Newport, Ky. Louvin will travel to Woodstock, N.Y., to make an Oct. 25 appearance at Levon Helm’s Ramble, a performance series hosted by the former member of The Band. As the Louvin Brothers, he and his late brother Ira were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001.

Charlie Louvin??? O.M.G., First of all, his self-titled 2007 album (with Jeff Tweedy, Will Oldham, Elvis Costello, George Jones, and others) was my favorite record of the year. But that’s not the least of it. As a Louvin Brother, Charlie was part of a duo that pioneered the high-lonesome country sound. In 1955, they had a smash with “Cash on the Barrelhead,” (famously covered by Gram Parsons) the title and rhythm of which both inspired the Old 97’s “Crash on the Barrelhead.”

Then in 1959, he and Ira recorded, “The Christian Life,” for their album Satan Is Real (“the Rosetta stone of fire and brimstone country gospel”) which inspired and was covered by everyone from The Byrds on Sweetheart of the Rodeo, to the The Raconteurs’ live shows. Their tune “Great Atomic Power” was also an Uncle Tupelo staple from their third album, March 16-20, 1992. But that only scratches the surface, and the chance to see one of my all-time musical heroes on a bill with my all-time favorite band is crazy! Is it hoping for too much to hope we might see Rhett, or Murry, or even the Ranchero Brothers, show up for a song with Mr. Louvin in his set? Hey, a guy’s gotta dream, right?

Finally, don’t miss this new article on the Old 97’s, along with some great accompanying photos, up just today at Cheers! – frank

Free concert

September 1, 2008

Just found out that Old 97’s will be playing a free San Diego harbor-cruise concert, this Thursday, September 4! It’s strictly for listeners of 102.1 KPRi. Says the KPRi website:

All you have to do is register as a FREEQuent Listener (click here to register if you’re haven’t already) then wait for a special email from us telling you about our next show and how to get your FREE TICKETS. Tickets to these shows are limited and are first come, first served.

So there you go. – frank

FYI for all y’all Bumbershooters from today’s Seattle Times:

Satellite Riders, an Old 97’s tribute band out of Mineral Wells, Texas, plays the Tractor on Sunday, Aug. 31 at 9 p.m. Those who have seen both bands have said that the Riders sound exactly like the Old 97’s, and even resemble them to an astonishing degree. A really, truly astonishing degree.

If you’re not up to braving the crowds that will surely throng the Old 97’s Bumbershoot appearance this Monday, the Satellite Riders have got your number. (Hint: It’s three short of a hundred.) Acclaimed local band Downpilot opens.

So there you go.

The Seattle Weekly gets it too!

Not surprisingly, since so few people know the Riders, compared to the Old 97’s, at last check there were still a few tickets available! So be there or be… well, you know.

In other 97’s news:

Blame It On Gravity: One of the finest albums of the year.

Too Far Too Care: one of the great albums of the 90’s.

Murry’s “got a way of singing about God and trains that could move an atheist with a deep-seated fear of locomotives.”

Who says Old 97’s shows aren’t all-ages?

And from the vaults: A newly reissued review of a 1998 97’s show. My take: You get more for your money these days!

Happy Labor Day, y’all! – frank