FYI for all y’all Bumbershooters from today’s Seattle Times:

Satellite Riders, an Old 97’s tribute band out of Mineral Wells, Texas, plays the Tractor on Sunday, Aug. 31 at 9 p.m. Those who have seen both bands have said that the Riders sound exactly like the Old 97’s, and even resemble them to an astonishing degree. A really, truly astonishing degree.

If you’re not up to braving the crowds that will surely throng the Old 97’s Bumbershoot appearance this Monday, the Satellite Riders have got your number. (Hint: It’s three short of a hundred.) Acclaimed local band Downpilot opens.

So there you go.

The Seattle Weekly gets it too!

Not surprisingly, since so few people know the Riders, compared to the Old 97’s, at last check there were still a few tickets available! So be there or be… well, you know.

In other 97’s news:

Blame It On Gravity: One of the finest albums of the year.

Too Far Too Care: one of the great albums of the 90’s.

Murry’s “got a way of singing about God and trains that could move an atheist with a deep-seated fear of locomotives.”

Who says Old 97’s shows aren’t all-ages?

And from the vaults: A newly reissued review of a 1998 97’s show. My take: You get more for your money these days!

Happy Labor Day, y’all! – frank