Archive for August, 2013

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.


Waylon CD Cover

CD E.P.:
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


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:

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.)


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 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!


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?