Recently I watched a few of the videos of the band posted on YouTube. Some of them struck a chord in me so I’m going to post a few with some thoughts. KB

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We shot this video in June or July of 1993 in Sherman, TX and bits of it down in South Dallas, I believe. The director was Darren Kasmir, a friend of Rhett’s from high school who lived across the hall from me. There was some tall grass outside of the house where we were shooting in Sherman and we all came home covered in chiggers.

I think the music here is the demo version of St. Ignatius. We’d recorded it at Cedar Creek Studios in Austin around May. An Austin drummer named Lisa Pankritz played the drums for us. The solo is half as long as it winds up being on “Hitchhike.”

Lisa Delarios plays the part of our drummer. We debated this — she doesn’t play drums — but in the end she’s funny and the cutest thing of all time so we just let her in and I’m glad we did. She was Rhett’s girlfriend for the first 2 or 3 years of the band and many of those original love songs are about her. She’s a stand-up comic in NYC and we still see her when we play there. She has big, brown, eyes and used to drive a Bel Air.

Penny plays the part of the “goddess” that Rhett sees from afar. She hung around us in those days and looks great in the video. I haven’t seen her in about 10 years.

Rhett was 22 when we shot this. That was his original Old 97’s guitar covered in stickers. I think it was a Takamine. That’s the only time I’ve ever seen him wear a vest.

Murry cut off his long hair soon after this and quit wearing those train hats.

Philip joined the band about two months later, so that’s why he isn’t in any of the main scenes. Darren shot the scene of him with the typewriter (“Typewriter? What’s that?”) and added it later.

That Telecaster I was playing was stolen in ’98. I still have that shiny red cowboy shirt and wear it on stage about every 5 years.


  1. That’s a pretty cool story…nothing like a little (ancient?) history on a Friday. Thanks for sharing…and sorry about the Telecaster, dude.

  2. Lisa Pankrantz is one of my favorite drummers (Phillip, too, of course). I get to see her regularly around here in Austin. I love that she played on this.
    Thanks for the story!

  3. one of my favorite old 97’s songs! can’t wait to see you guys in april.

  4. So… where can I find the album “Big Iron”?

    Thanks for the info Ken, I had been wondering what the story with the drummer was (especially considering that Phillip was in the video) for about a year now.

  5. Thanks for the background stories. It’s great fun to watch these old vids of y’all in your tender years and get the scoop on all the extra players. Brown-eyed Lisa drove the Bel Air, huh. I should thank her for inspiring two of my favorite songs. Isn’t it about time you resurrected that charming shiny red shirt? Thanks, Ken!!

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