Remember Ken’s post about touring in the band’s early years? Well, I received an e-mail today from a long-time fan of the band, who’s also been somewhat associated with them in the music business. We’ll not mention his name, but the guy’s at least up front about wanting to “bust Ken on his selective memory.”

In a good long letter, our anonymous correspondent writes:

Maybe the band doesn’t… remember how fun it was to sell out Lounge Ax and rock harder and more intimately and any “” band I’ve seen before or since… I know that doesn’t pay the bills and I can appreciate wanting to cash in as much as the next person and more power to them, but the Old 97s were a crack band working hard and earning it long before the A&R folks showed up.

Reminiscingly yours,


I wrote him back say that Ken probably just posted that quote (“We’ve been out a week and this has SUCKED. We need to call that lawyer guy and tell him to get us a major label deal.”) as a way to highlight his story about the band’s early life on the road. If I had to guess, I’d say Murry’s line, “those were some fun days” is just as accurate a reflection of the band’s feelings. Anyone else here been in the military? Remember that old saying about it (and probably a number of other tough but rewarding occupations), “I wouldn’t take a million dollars for the experience, and I wouldn’t do it again for a million dollars”? It probably applies to scruffy new bands too.

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