Finally, after all these years, the fabled version of "The Other Shoe" that the Old 97's recorded with Waylon Jennings is available to the public. Shooter Jennings has made it part of Southern Independent Vol. 3 over at www.givememyxxx.com. Just click the link, sign up and the free download is yours. Enjoy!
Congratulations to Clay Billman for his winning design! Watch the merch page for the new shirts, coming soon!
Earlier this summer at Outside Lands in San Francisco, Murry, Rhett and Philip took a little time out to kibitz with Google's Magnifier crew. They discussed the secrets to their longevity, finishing each other's songs and revealed the totally rock 'n roll story behind Mr. Miller's shiny white gold tooth. And someone in the group even busts a move, baby! [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rPAS7WPmeY[/youtube]
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As we East Coasters wait around to see what nasty turn Hurricane Irene will take, here are some fun tidbits from the final leg of the 97's summer tour. They started in San Francisco at the Outside Lands festival where Rachel Swan had this to say: "Baby-faced singer Rhett Miller — who is now forty, but for the most part still retains his pink-cheeked, puerile features — paused toward the end of his Saturday afternoon set with alt-country group Old 97's. "Hey, I just saw one of those gate-crashing flashmobs tear down the fence over there," he said, pointing over
Some links worth checking out from The Atlantic: About that day - Excerpts from Rhett's 9/11 Diary How I Wrote Songs Without a Guitar After 9/11 - Including MP3s of 2 demos of songs written just before and after that day
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!!! http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/aug/12/the-old-97s-will-play-in-santa-barbara-la/ Earlier
Back in July when the guys were playing a two-night stint at Brooklyn's Bell House, legendary music chronicle, The Rolling Stone asked Rhett and Murry to stop by their offices for a quick interview and mini concert. They played three songs including a cover from the early Beatles, I'll Cry Instead. In the interview, Rhett discusses the novel quandary of having too much material for one album, how his solo tour with Steve Earle inspired his continued song-a-day writing streak and a recently penned, curse-fueled number bound to delight wreckers far and wide. Maybe one day he'll throw it on
Courtesy KGSR, here's a video of the entire show from Zilker Park in Austin on 8/3/11: Also, a great photo gallery from the show courtesy photographer Scott Wade.
Two days after the release of TGTV2, the Old 97’s hit the road to continue this incredible touring streak that they’ve been on for the past year. They just give and they give and then give some more, and we insatiable fans are grateful for every fix. While they rest up for next month’s California run, here is a roundup of links, reviews, and more from the last leg. The guys kicked things off at Summerfest in Milwaukee, where the new tunes were well-received, according to Piet Levy’s review on The Tap Milwaukee site. The band played some fan-favorites from past