As we wait for the reviews, interviews and photos from the 97’s current mini West Coast tour to roll in, I thought I’d share a Q & A the Ventura County Star’s, Bill Locey did with our long-legged bass player who inhabits Stage Left.

In it, Murry touches on the making of Volume 2, a European tour and the possibility of recording his own new material. He also hints at Old 97’s cooking up their own music festival, complete with a Rancheros Brothers reunion, for their hometown of Dallas.

Holy Crap! An Old 97’s festival? Sign me up!!!

Earlier this month, Murry stopped by KAOS radio in Austin to play a handful of songs including Born to Be in Battle, Valentine and Lost at Sea.




Nice job, Murry!

If you’re lucky enough to live on the West Coast, you’ve got three more chances to catch our favorite foursome bust a move or two on stage beginning tonight at the Soho in Santa Barbara. While you’re at it, you might as well call in sick and keep heading south to House of Blues in San Diego and The Wiltern in LA for the last two shows of the summer featuring the magical, musical donkey jawbone of David Wax Museum and the ever-smiling Josh Ritter as openers. And if that wasn’t enough to lure you, according to Rhett’s twitter feed, there’s a distinct possibility of a Rhett Miller/Sam Phillips duet happening at the Wiltern.

Wow. What a way to wrap up the tour. The rest of us will be sitting around in green-eyed envy, waiting for the videos (as well as a jump photo or two) to be posted.

Enjoy it, Westies. We’ll look forward to hearing your accounts in the forums.



photographic handiwork by long-time wrecker, Denise Zimmerman