Archive for 2013

We had a great time with our first ever pro-am fantasy football league, and want to congratulate Wil Watkins, long-time fan from Houston, on his championship. He defeated fan Jim Fullerton from Reno in the Super Bowl 138.80 – 58.12.

The third-place finisher was Kevin Leiske of Austin, another fan entrant, who beat Rhett’s Potsie Webers 103.7 – 93.78 for the honor.

The 14-team league featured all four members of the band, numerous peers and associates, and four fan contest winners.

There’s always next year…

. . .

Fantasy Football

 

NORTH DIVISION

1. Rhett Miller
2. Robert Jenkins – Summer Break Records.
3. Jon Landman – owner, The Syndicate.
4. Keven McAlester – producer/director/writer.
5. Mike Dalke – Old 97’s tour manager.
6. Cory Worrell – fan contest winner, Houston.
7. Kevin Leiske – fan contest winner, Austin, TX.

SOUTH DIVISION
1. Ken Bethea
2. Philip Peoples
3. Wes Kidd – Old 97’s manager.
4. Jeff Neely – Old 97’s webmaster.
5. Linnwood Regensburg, drummer for Those Darlin’s.
6. Wil Watkins – fan contest winner, Houston.
7. Jim Fullerton – fan contest winner, Reno.

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Hi y’all!

The 97’s finished up recording the tracks for their upcoming new album a couple of weeks ago, and this week Rhett gives the Rolling Stone a little insight into the nature of this new effort.

As Rhett tells it, he arrived in Texas armed with two distinctly different sets of songs, one adult-themed with “a lot of cursing, a lot of drinking and lots of sex”, the other filled with prettier songs. After some deliberation, he reveals the band chose the raunchier, adult numbers and cranked the amps up to eleven. Sprinkle in a little guitar fire from The Replacements’ Tommy Stinson and you’ve got the perfect recipe for another 97’s crowd-pleasing classic! Some of you Austinites were lucky enough to hear one of these new barn burners live last month. Anywho, read all about it from our fabulous frontman himself here.

Other acts may have mellowed with age, but as Rhett so eloquently put it, “we are not going gentle into that good night.”

We can all thank the little baby Jesus for that.

 

(you can view more photos from the summer’s great Brooklyn Bowl Trifecta here.)

 

 

Hitting the Road

October 30, 2013

A string of eleven November shows kicks off in Detroit Friday night. We hope to see you at the show!

To celebrate, we’re giving away three of the new custom posters for this short tour. Just share the Facebook post with this photo and you’ll have a shot to win!

rocket poster

SHOWS

11/01/13 – Royal Oak – Detroit, MI – w/ Drive-By Truckers
11/02/13 – Phoenix Ballroom – Toronto, ON – w/ Drive-By Truckers
11/03/13 – Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY – w/ Drive-By Truckers

11/04/13 – The Haunt – Ithaca, NY 

11/05/13 – TLA – Philadelphia, PA – w/ Drive-By Truckers
11/06/13 – Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH – w/ Drive-By Truckers
11/08/13 – Madison Theater – Covington, KY – w/ Drive-By Truckers
11/09/13 – Minglewood Hall – Memphis, TN – w/ Drive-By Truckers 

11/11/13 – The Majestic Theater – Madison, WI 
11/12/13 – Fine Line Music Café – Minneapolis, MN 
11/13/13 – Metro – Chicago, IL 

 

 

Legalese: Contest ends Friday 11/1 at midnight CST.

Great tidbit from the Hollywood Reporter:

It was mid-February of this year when Vince Gilligan settled in to finish the script for Breaking Bad’s 62nd and final episode. Filming was set to begin in a little over a week. He sat down at the dining-room table of his Albuquerque, N.M., condo, which had doubled as the temporary home of Bryan Cranston’s Walter White when his wife kicked him out of the house a few seasons earlier. With an Old 97s version of “El Paso” playing on a continuous loop on his iPod, he wrote the final scene in which the camera pulls away from White one last time…

Excellent. Enjoy some inspiration of your own:

CLICK HERE TO GET YOU ONE >

Waylon CD Cover

CD E.P.:
1. IRON ROAD
2. THE OTHER SHOE
3. VISITING HOURS (1996 Demo)
4. FIREFLIES (Take 2, 1996 Demo)
5. LONDON I KNOW (1996 Demo)
6. BORN ON A TRAIN (1996 Demo)

Tracks 5 & 6 previously unissued
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Imagine if Waylon Jennings came to see your band. Imagine if Waylon Jennings liked your band. Liked them enough to talk you up in press like The Austin Chronicle. Imagine your A&R guy telling you to write Waylon to thank him and see if he wanted to record some music with you.

Imagine if Waylon said yes.

Waylon Jennings attended an Old 97’s gig in 1996, and later that year joined Ken Bethea, Murry Hammond, Rhett Miller and Philip Peeples in a studio in Nashville to cut two tracks. The youthful energy of Old 97’s with the classic delivery of Waylon Jennings. Sadly, Waylon passed away and these recordings—some of Jennings’ last—never saw the light of day until April of 2013.

Omnivore Recordings is proud to offer the Waylon Jennings/Old 97’s collaborations and the Old 97’s 1996 demos from our Record Store Day double 7″ on a new CD E.P. coupled with two additional Old 97’s demos from 1996. To make it even more special, we’re adding four more previously unissued demos: “Visiting Hours” (a live version appeared on 2011’s The Grand Theater Vol. 2) and “Fireflies” (re-recorded by Rhett Miller for his acclaimed 2006 solo album The Believer), “London I Know” and a cover of the Magnetic Fields’ Stephin Merritt classic, “Born On A Train” from the great “The Charm Of The Highway Strip” album.

The CD E.P. will be available in a digipack with art from Jon Langford (of The Mekons & Waco Brothers, and renowned painter of Country Music icons) and insightful and hilarious liners from the band’s Rhett Miller, which put you right there in the studio.

Alt-Country, Outlaw Country, or just plain Awesome Country, the Old 97’s & Waylon Jennings CD E.P. is a must for fans of any or all of those genres.

Imagine if Waylon Jennings came to see your band. Imagine if Waylon Jennings liked your band. Liked them enough to talk you up in press like The Austin Chronicle. Imagine your A&R guy telling you to write Waylon to thank him and see if he wanted to record some music with you.

Imagine if Waylon said yes.

Waylon Jennings attended an Old 97’s gig in 1996, and later that year joined Ken Bethea, Murry Hammond, Rhett Miller and Philip Peeples in a studio in Nashville to cut two tracks. The youthful energy of Old 97’s with the classic delivery of Waylon Jennings. Sadly, Waylon passed away and these recordings—some of Jennings’ last—never saw the light of day until April of 2013.

Omnivore Recordings is proud to offer the Waylon Jennings/Old 97’s collaborations and the Old 97’s 1996 demos from our Record Store Day double 7″ on a new CD E.P. coupled with two additional Old 97’s demos from 1996. To make it even more special, we’re adding four more previously unissued demos: “Visiting Hours” (a live version appeared on 2011’s The Grand Theater Vol. 2) and “Fireflies” (re-recorded by Rhett Miller for his acclaimed 2006 solo album The Believer), “London I Know” and a cover of the Magnetic Fields’ Stephin Merritt classic, “Born On A Train” from the great “The Charm Of The Highway Strip” album.

The CD E.P. will be available in a digipack with art from Jon Langford (of The Mekons & Waco Brothers, and renowned painter of Country Music icons) and insightful and hilarious liners from the band’s Rhett Miller, which put you right there in the studio.

Alt-Country, Outlaw Country, or just plain Awesome Country, the Old 97’s & Waylon Jennings CD E.P. is a must for fans of any or all of those genres.

PRE-ORDER NOW>

Waylon CD Cover

CD E.P.:
1. IRON ROAD
2. THE OTHER SHOE
3. VISITING HOURS (1996 Demo)
4. FIREFLIES (Take 2, 1996 Demo)
5. LONDON I KNOW (1996 Demo)
6. BORN ON A TRAIN (1996 Demo)

Tracks 5 & 6 previously unissued

Fantasy Football

INTRODUCING THE TRAINWRECK FFL

Here’s your chance to win a coveted spot in the official Old 97’s fantasy football league and see how you stack up against the band & friends head-to-head every week of the NFL season.

Can you match the depth of Ken’s “I’m a PeeWee coach” gridiron knowledge? Rhett’s heart-felt cerebral approach? Philip’s “beat them senseless” strategy?

Three fans will get to find out!

League members include:

Rhett!
Ken!
Philip!
Wes, sly and devious Old 97’s manager!
Mike, cynical and road-tested tour manager!
Linwood, morally-compromised drummer for Those Darlins!
Robert, whose Dad thinks we might not make it through the night!
…and more!

(This is easily the most exclamation points in an Old 97’s post ever. Ken will be appalled.)

HOW TO ENTER:

1. Make a public playlist on Spotify with your 10 favorite Old 97’s songs

2. Share that playlist on Facebook or Twitter (or both, for 2 entries!)

2. Email a screengrab of your share to noreplyold97s@gmail.com by midnight CST 8/23

3. Check your email on 8/24

That’s it! THREE lucky winners will get to join the league and talk trash like a roadie!

AND THERE’S MORE!!

If any of the three fans makes the playoffs, there will be Old 97’s prizes involved! And should a fan manage to win the League, there’s a soundcheck meet & greet in his or her future.

Who’s in?

Congrats to our winners:

Karen Robertson
Michael Capobianco
Adrienne L. Black
Laura Froelich

And thanks everyone who entered! More to come soon.

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There’s still a couple of days left on the Strike Anywhere t-shirt sale — AND enter the Brooklyn Bowl giveaway!

Just buy anything at all in the online store and forward your receipt to noreplyOld97s@gmail.com. Four lucky random winners will get either a t-shirt or VERY limited edition poster (only 100 printed!) from the recent Brooklyn Bowl show.

Brooklyn Bowl Poster

We were lucky as hell and pleased as punch to have nyctaper.com record our first show at the Brooklyn Bowl back on June 27, and they’ve posted it for free download at their site. It includes a rare top-to-bottom performance of Hitchhike to Rhome.

The site is a treasure trove of great music, so grab this one and enjoy yourself.

>GO THERE NOW!

Old 97s
2013-06-27
Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper 2013-07-02

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:41:52]
01 [intro]
02 St. Ignatius
03 504
04 Drowning in the Days
05 Miss Molly
06 Dancing With Tears in My Eyes
07 Four Leaf Clover
08 Wish The Worst
09 Old 97s Theme
10 Doreen
11 [banter – twenty years]
12 Hands Off
13 Mama Tried
14 Stoned
15 If My Heart Was a Car
16 Desperate Times
17 Ken’s Polka Thing
18 Tupelo County Jail
19 West Texas Teardrops
20 Lonely Holiday
21 Champaign Illinois
22 Rollerskate Skinny
23 Let The Whiskey Take The Reins
24 Can’t Get a Line
25 Every Night Is Friday Night
26 Big Brown Eyes
27 [encore break]
28 Making Love With You
29 Dance With Me
30 Timebomb