Ah, September. A chill is in the air, and like salmon, the Old 97’s now make their way upstream back to Texas to molt and spawn.

OK, bad analogy. The only salmon that show up in Texas do so rolled in seaweed and rice, or packed in a can. And I’m pretty sure no molting is in the offing, and the spawning’s in the Spring. Oh well. BUT, 97’s-related shows are filling in the calendar nicely, thank you. The latest? Murry Mr. Hammond and his lovely and talented bride, Grey DeLisle, take the stage at Dallas’ All Good Cafe, TONIGHT, September 18, while the Old 97’s themselves take the stage at Antone’s, ACL Fest, and Sons of Hermann Hall on September 19, 20, and 21, respectively; and with the Ranchero Brothers and Murry & Grey joining the bill at the SOHH gig.

Writes Murry of the 9/18 show, and other tidbits:

I’ll do 45 mins., then Grey and I will do the rest of the night. I’m bringing the ol’ harmonium, and I’d love for you to see it. It will give you a good idea of what my solo album (yipes!) will sound like next year.

Everyone’s good, looking at the future for a change. We’ll likely *begin* the process of recording next spring, and will shoot for a fall release. We don’t quite have a record yet, but we’re more than well on the way, and I’ve no doubt we’ll have a pile we’re happy with by then. I’m really happy with my 97 songs so far, and the solo pile is really shaping up, too.

So there you have it, and check back soon!