Welcome to our first attempt to share some live shows with the unwashed masses. If this works, I’ll add more shows over the coming weeks.

This is an interesting CD. Labeled Ranchero Brothers, 5-7-99, Viper Club. It’s a recent acquisition for me, found through Twitter and the generous @Pens7M. I believe it refers to the infamous Viper Room in West Hollywood, CA. Anecdotally, a search of Wrecked (the belovedly random Yahoo group) leads me to believe the boys played before a ’70s disco revival band named “Boogie Knights” that was in residency on Friday nights at the time. Maybe that’s why the crowd chats a little more than one would like.

However, the Ranchero portion of the show ends with Big Brown Eyes at track 13. After that, it’s a full-on Old 97’s show. Seven tracks of classic awesome, all pre-TFTC songs. I would love to know when/where that was recorded, and I’d love to have the rest of that show. I don’t normally like to mix 2 shows on a single CD, but this stuff was too good to leave off.

Some technical details: the link should start a download of a ZIP file from my shared Dropbox folder. Unzip it and you’ll have every track in FLAC format. If you don’t know what any of that is, this is going to be very hard for you. But Google is your friend, and you should be able to find the free apps you need to decode them. I’ll never share a live boot in MP3 format, it’s against the bootlegger creed and I’ll not anger that randy bunch.