Archive for 2013

An update on the upcoming 3-night stand at the Brooklyn Bowl — each night will feature a specific Old 97’s album in its entirety, followed by a set of fan favorites.

Brooklyn Bowl
DOORS: 6:00 PM / SHOW: 8:00 PM
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Hitchhike to Rhome
w/ Trapper Schoepp & The Shades



Wreck Your Life



Too Far To Care

There’s going to be a VERY limited edition lithograph by these guys for sale at these shows, with just 100 being printed, so get there early!

I’m sure all of you diligent USAmericans have already filed your taxes, but just in case you prefer the inspiration of a deadline, we wanted to give you something to make your civic duty a little more pleasant.

First off, how about some free music? Head over to the media page and download a complete audience recording of a show from March 12, 2005, at Stubb’s BBQ in Austin during SXSW.

Secondly, visit our online store for some great deals — including $2 koozies with any purchase! Today only, so don’t procrastinate. Haven’t you done that enough already?

One-day Sale 4-15-13!



While “full-blown hemorrhaged vocal cords” is not a particularly pleasant turn of phrase, it’s generated a good bit of buzz since Rhett used in it a tweet on April 11. Everyone from Rolling Stone to Billboard to the Huffington Post picked up the story, though the latter erroneously reported that some Old 97’s shows were canceled. As always, the best source of info is Rhett himself:




On a somewhat related note, there are some pithy Old 97’s tidbits in the latest email:

June 27th-29th is going to blow your mind. I apologize in advance for whatever mess results from the following news. The 97’s are doing a three night stand at the super-badass Brooklyn Bowl in, you guessed it, Brooklyn! A three night stand! And the plan is still forming, but it looks like we will do a different album from our oeuvre each night in its entirety along with a complementary set of other fan-favorites. This is what they call a not-to-be-missed opportunity.

It looks like there will be a couple of dates at the end of June and top of July that aren’t announced yet, so I won’t anger any promoters by jumping the gun on those, but hold tight. Hint: midwest & SoCal, 97’s!

Since I’m looking at my calendar, I’ll let y’all in on a little secret. On May 27th, the 97’s will be going into Salim Nourallah’s Pleasantry Lane Studio in Dallas to start work on our next studio album. Probably just pre-production, but work nonetheless. And you know me, I like to work!

Old 97s + Waylon Jennings

Available in record stores only on Record Store Day, April 20, 2013.



Two tracks on one 7″ with Old 97’s and the King of Outlaw Country: Waylon Jennings — plus a second 7″ of two Old 97′s demos complete with a download card.



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 now.

Omnivore Recordings is proud to announce the first ever release of those two songs, “Iron Road” and “The Other Shoe.” “Iron Road” would eventually arrive as a live version on 2005’s Alive & Wired along with “The Other Shoe” (which first appeared on Old 97’s second album, 1995’s Wreck Your Life.) To make it even more special, we’re adding two 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.)

These four songs will be available on double colored vinyl 7″ set, packed in a gatefold sleeve 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. The package also includes a download card, offering digital files of the four tracks.

Alt-Country, Outlaw Country, or just plain Awesome Country, the Old 97’s & Waylon Jennings single is a must for fans of any or all of those genres. These historical documents finally see the light, 17 years after being recorded!

7″ Disc 1:
Side 1: Old 97′s & Waylon Jennings

Side 2: Old 97′s & Waylon Jennings

7″ Disc 2:
Side 1: Old 97′s
1. VISITING HOURS (1996 Demo)

Side 2: Old 97′s
1. FIREFLIES (Take 2, 1996 Demo)

All four tracks previously unissued


Show your pride as on Old 97’s fan!

Share any photo of you, your friends or family in an Old 97’s t-shirt and we’ll add it to our new Tumblr:


Everyone who submits a picture before 4/1/13 is entered for a chance to win a signed Old 97’s poster! This one, actually:

Eyeball poster

Just email your pix to, and follow the blog to see yourself soon.

***** UPDATE *****

Congratulations to Kat Carpenter, who submitted this lil’ winner to the contest and won the drawing!

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Sadly, all good things must come to an end. And so February marked the third and final TFTC Anniversary tour which wound its way through the south, beginning at Mardi Gras in NOLA and ending on a very high note at the Blue Light Live in Lubbock, TX.

I had the great fortune to see this show three times in three different cities, exhilarated by the exceptional setlist every night. My throat was sung raw, my thighs burned from dancing and my spirit soared from the first muscling chord of Time Bomb to the last lingering note of… Time Bomb.


I had a blast, and by your tweets and posts on social media, so did you all. How could you not, right?

We haven’t done a round up in a while, so we thought we’d share some of the great press from this final leg. As always, these links will also be archived in the forum media sticky.



Alli Marshall from Mountain Xpress had an opportunity to sit down with Rhett before soundcheck at The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC to discuss the band’s longevity, songwriting and other goodies.



Over in Tennessee, Stephen Deusner of the Memphis Flyer had this to say about Too Far To Care:

“What’s remarkable is just how well that album has aged. The Old 97’s were one of the best and most influential bands of the alt-country movement, but rather than sounding stuck in a particular moment in the 1990s, these songs retain their urgency, their wit, their exquisite heartbreak. It’s a landmark Texas rock album, albeit an outlier in that state’s rock history: Rather than embracing the redneck-hippie country-rock pioneered by artists like Willie Nelson and Jerry Jeff Walker, the Old 97s clung to their twerp-punk roots, with Miller (often outfitted in a buzzcut and oversized thick-frame glasses) playing the perpetual loser role, sacrificing dignity for women and alcohol.”

You can further read about this and other “sound advice” here.



Kevin Hyde wrote of the Louisville show at Headliners Music Hall:

“Their packed, Sunday night performance at Headliner’s Music Hall in Louisville was so euphoric and ridiculously crowd pleasing that it felt like—God forbid—a grand farewell or victory lap. Let’s hope not, because this group clearly has plenty left in the tank… Since its release, Too Far To Care has had the cool distinction of being both a fan favorite and a band favorite, and the songs still ring with the same ferocious urgency, humor and sexual frustration that they did a decade and a half ago. That was back when Miller loved to write songs about getting together with the wrong girl, or getting together with the right girl in the wrong way.”

After the evening’s burning hot performance by our favorite foursome, Kevin noted one fan’s exiting comment, “I think my face melted.” Who among us hasn’t had that happen. You can read the entire article here.



And finally, the first paragraph of New Slang’s Editor-in-Chief, Thomas Mooney, perfectly sums up how most of us feel about this magnificent seminal album by the band we all adore:

“Every so often, an album is released that just sticks with you. It never leaves. The CD is in your car. It’s on your phone. You’ve been able to memorize the lyrics in a matter of days. You remember the first time you heard it. You show it to your friends–and more often than not, it becomes one. Memories attach themselves to specific songs and lines. They stick out and shine a little brighter than the rest. You feel an automatic connection with others who have done the same. You turn it up as loud as possible and dance around the house alone. You don’t sing along, you scream along (So much that I’m actually not even able to write this article and listen to it at the same time since it’s so distracting). 

 That’s “Too Far to Care” for me.”

Amen, brother!

Thomas’ entire interview with Rhett is here.

TFTC may be over, but the guys jump back in the Sprinter and hit the Northeast next month, including four gigs with Drive-By Truckers. See you on the road!


(feature photo courtesy of fellow wrecker, Meanjeen; other photos courtesy Rubato Photo)

We believe in love around here. So, today only, if you get your SO a piece of nifty new Old 97’s jewelry from our shiny new online store, you’ll have a chance to win a limited edition poster signed by all four Old 97’s. Just make your purchase, then send a screengrab of your receipt to

One lucky randomly chosen love bird will get a little something extra!

UPDATE: We have a winner! Congratulations Philip Forshee and thanks to everyone who entered!

The Old 97’s and Drive-By Truckers will co-headline three FOUR shows this March:


NEW: Saturday, March 9 – Portland, ME – State Theater

Friday, March 15 – Port Chester, NY – The Capitol Theatre

Saturday, March 16 – Montclair, NJ – Wellmont Theatre

Sunday, March 17 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live

If you’re not familiar with DBT, you’re in for a hell of a treat.

Old 97’s photo (c) Scott Wade. DBT photo (c)