Giving Thanks

November 25, 2010

Being it is Thanksgiving, I thought I’d take the opportunity to reflect upon some of the things I am thankful for from the past ten months. This year has brought many a blessings my way–the continued good health of those I hold dear, work that for the most part doesn’t suck and of course, the gift of a new Old 97’s album.

That last element is a gift which will fortunately keep on giving long into 2011 with a huge list of tour dates culminating in the release of TGT, Volume 2 and its own barrage of appearances in support of what promises to be another tremendous musical effort pairing older, unreleased gems with new pearls. Then there’s Rhett’s latest solo work slated for production next year as well as renewed rumors of a Ranchero Brothers CD. Whew!! Luckily for us, it seems this train ain’t derailing any time soon.

One of the many joys of following this amazing band is getting to know fellow train wreckers. I’ve had such a blast standing shoulder-to-shoulder with several fan failthful at shows both home and away, dancing and singing along (poorly in my case–sorry Rhett) to the whip-smart tunes I will love until my dying breath! I have forged some wonderful friendships over the past year through a common love of all things Old 97’s. We’re creating quite a nice little family here. Hopefully I’ll get to meet more of you in the coming months as our favorite quartet crisscrosses the country.

Do I hear tweet up?

Yep, it has been an exciting year to be an Old 97’s fan, and this is just the beginning. I can’t end this missive without giving a special note of thanks to all involved here at for allowing Stephanie and I the incredible opportunity to contribute to this site. We shall do our best to earn your respect and help keep this train a rolling on.

Now go put on your comfy elastic waist sweat pants, grab a glass of wine and go stuff you face. Happy Thanksgiving everybody!


    • 11/25/2010
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    We’re thankful for y’all Marie, Jefe, Frank, Lori, Stephanie, et al. You’re doing a great job with the site. The collaboration of hard core fans/friends of the band like y’all and the band itself has made all the difference in the high quality and user-friendliness of the end product. Y’all have managed to combine all the best features of the band site and HBAT to create a truly unique experience. Only one complaint: let’s update that glossary! Well done and see y’all very soon!

    • 11/25/2010
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    I’m so thankful to meet all you fellow fans too–even if just “virtually!” There are lots of good folks out there with great taste in music! I look forward to all the shows we’ll get to see this coming year!

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

  1. I couldn’t agree more, Marie. It has been a pleasure getting to know you, Stephanie and Cindy this year. I have made so many great friends this year and I owe it all to this wonderful band. I love you all like family and look forward to meeting many more of you in the coming year.

  2. The current plan is to update the Media page the first Monday of the month… but since it’s Thanksgiving I jumped the gun a little. Enjoy.

    • Wait, I cannot fathom it being so striagthfroward.

  3. Great post, Marie, and ditto! I am truly thankful for all of the joy being a Train Wrecker has brought me – this year especially! The added bonus of meeting and getting to know other like-minded 97’s fans has made all of the live shows, release dates, and online goodies that much more rewarding. Looking forward to continued great times in 2011!!

    • 11/26/2010
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    Great post, Marie. I am also very thankful to be a part of this community. It really has been an exceptional year for an Old 97’s fan. As if a new album were not enough, meeting musically like-minded people who will smirk at the same clever lyric, or just scream-sing along with you in a drunken stupor makes a great show even better. All of the fans that I’ve met have been as cool in person as they seemed on paper. Looking forward to chatting and singing with you all in the year to come.

    Greg, updating the Glossary is a great idea. Any words or terms in particular that you’d like to include?

  4. Thanks to all of you for writing and running this site with such love and intelligence. Have a wonderful holiday season and looking forward to seeing you at future shows!

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