Our friends the Turnpike Troubadours have a new album out, and we’re proud to say it features a fantastic cover of “Doreen.” Check it out:
And give the whole album a listen:
September 17, 2015
We’ve got some cool merch piling up around here, so let’s see what we can do about that, eh? Let’s have a contest! Here’s how it works.
Everyone picture posted is an entry into a random drawing. We’ll do one Oct 1 and another Nov 1.
August 24, 2015
Hey y’all this is Jefe, Old 97’s web guy, breaking the 4th wall for a minute. In case you haven’t heard, I’m spearheading the creation of an album of Old 97’s covers to benefit charitwater.org. It’s currently being funded on PledgeMusic and we have to hit 100% in the next 2 months for it to happen.
The minimum pledge is $10 for an Access Pass, which gets you the full digital download when it’s ready, along with access to behind-the-scenes studio info as it happens, and maybe an exclusive track or two as well.
The album is a benefit for charity: water, an amazing non-profit organization that’s working to bring clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries. Check them out:
Desperate Times will feature Old 97’s songs performed by some amazing artists, including:
Kelly Willis (Rollerskate Skinny!)
Monte Warden (The Wagoneers) & Chip Kinman (Rank & File)
The Deathray Davies (Valentine!)
…and maybe even more when it’s all said and done. It’s going to be mixed by John Dufhilo and will be ready to press before the end of the year.
We’re currently revealing what songs are being covered one at a time, in posts only visible to pledgers. Number three comes out today.
I hope you’re join us for this very cool project. Please, tell your friends, share on your socials, and check back often as we work to make a difference—and make a really cool album, too.
June 28, 2015
Starting briefly in his beloved Texas, the bulk of his latest run was a jaunt from Seattle to Hermosa Beach, accompanied by the lovely, angelic-voiced Annalisa Tornfelt. She joined Rhett on stage for a handful of songs from The Traveler, as well as Old 97’s tunes. Her virtuosity and backing vocals brought to life the tracks from the new album, and added a new layer to old classics.
June 22, 2015
We’ll be adding these to the event calendar over the next day or so, but in the meantime here’s a complete list of upcoming shows:
July 9 – Valencia, Spain – LOCO CLUB
July 10 – Riaza, Spain – HUERCASA FESTIVAL
July 12 – London, UK – The Borderline
July 14 – Bilbao, Spain – CAFE ANTZOKIA
July 18 – New Braunfels, TX – WhiteWater Amphitheater
August 8 – San Antonio, TX – Lone Star Beer TX Heritage Series – Lone Star Brewery
August 15 – Houston, TX – Lone Star Beer TX Heritage Series – Silver Street Studios
August 22 – Dallas, TX – Lone Star Beer TX Heritage Series – Gilley’s
August 29 – Austin, TX – Lone Star Beer TX Heritage Series – Fair Market
September 10 – Boulder, CO – Fox Theater
September 11 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
September 12 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory Concert House
September 13 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox
September 14 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
September 16 – Arcata, CA – Humboldt Brews
September 17 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
September 18 – West Hollywood, CA – The Troubadour
September 19 – Del Mar, CA – KAABOO
September 20 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
September 21 – Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
September 23 – Amarillo, TX – Golden Light Cantina
September 24 – Tahlequah, OK – Medicine Stone Festival
October 3 – Dallas, TX – Lake Highlands Oktoberfest
October 15 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West @ King Plow Arts Center
October 16 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
October 17 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
October 19 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
October 20 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl
October 21 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl
October 22 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
October 23 – Ithaca, NY – The Haunt
October 24 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom & Tavern
October 26 – St. Paul, MN – Turf Club
October 27 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
October 28 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
October 29 – St Louis, MO – The Ready Room
October 30 – Little Rock, AR – Revolution Music Room
April 25, 2015
We have our winners!
Thanks everyone who participated, nominated, voted, and most of all, you brave souls that posted your cover performances into the harsh spotlight of anonymous internet critique.
Once again, we were blown away by all of the cool videos you posted.
Winners were selected by YouTube “likes” — not total all-time, but from the day the contest started. Which makes the winners:
1. If & When – Rollerskate Skinny
2. Mr. Barton’s Daughter – Question
3. Hannah Rose Murphy – Busted Afternoon
Winners, please email Jefe your address so he can get your prizes shipped! noreplyold97s @ gmail.com. All nominees should do the same!
March 24, 2015
In Rhett’s own words:
In late January of 2014, I entered Portland, Oregon’s legendary Jackpot Studios accompanied by my friends in the band Black Prairie. John, Jon, Jenny, Nate, Chris, Annalisa and I tracked quickly. Almost everything you hear on The Traveler was recorded live on the floor of Jackpot during that beautiful week. The great Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey came in later and helped out with a few overdubs and that was pretty much it.
My favorite thing about music is the friendship it engenders. And the best way to make music is to get some friends together in a room and roll tape. That’s how The Traveler came to be. I’m so grateful to Black Prairie for all the fun we had making The Traveler.
Thanks for listening. Please enjoy.
3. Most in the Summertime
4. My Little Disaster
5. Fair Enough
6. Kiss Me On The Fire Escape
7. Lucky Star
8. Escape Velocity
9. Dreams vs. Waking Life
10. Wicked things
11. Good Night
12. Reasons to Live
March 3, 2015
Wheels Off: The Rhett Miller Show
with Murry Hammond, Jen Kirkman, & Very Special Guests!
Friday, March 6, 2015
Doors: 7:00 PM / Show: 8:00 PM
Wheels Off: The Rhett Miller Show is a variety show featuring Rhett Miller and his all-star friends. Modeled after an old-school variety show, Wheels Off will feature music, comedy, a little bit of discussion, and maybe even a skit here and there. Past shows have included guests, Jon Brion, Rob Delaney, Ryan Miller, Joey Santiago (Pixies), Rami Jaffee, Jenny O, Jen Kirkman, James Adomian & many others. Always a blast so come on down!
Tickets are $30 and available ONLINE ONLY.
Seat assignments begin at 6:00PM, Doors open for drinks at 7:00PM, Showtime at 8:00PM | When you arrive at Will Call on the night of the show, seats will be assigned first come first served, from the front of the theatre to the back. If you want to sit closer, be sure to come earlier.
March 1, 2015
It’s time to vote!
After much deliberation, we’ve narrowed it down to twelve finalists. There’s all in a YouTube playlist. Go check them out, and if you like what you see, click “like” on the video’s YouTube page. The video that gets the most new likes by midnight central on Wednesday 4/15 will be the winner!
Thanks everyone for entering! There were so many great videos, we were really blown away. We really appreciate it.
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Have you ever noticed how many great covers of Old 97’s songs there are on YouTube? We love to see a good cover video, so we want to share them with you guys and pick the very best ones!
Here’s how it works — just find your favorite Old 97’s cover on YouTube and comment on this post with a link to it. Every link posted will be a “nomination.” We’ll pick finalists and share them in a playlist so everyone can vote on their favorite, and feature a finalist a day on Facebook during the voting period.
And yes, you can nominate yourself. And yes, you can record a video just for the contest. Any original Old 97’s song, any instrumentation.
The final winner will get a special prize package, and SO WILL THE NOMINATOR. Whoa.
So start poking around YouTube and see what you can find, or get busy making your own video.
Deadline for nominations is Friday 3/13.