Jefe here, with just a little behind-the-scenes news to share today. After over a decade I’m going to be stepping down from the day-to-day management of Old 97’s social media and web presence. It’s been a lot of fun and I’ve had a blast getting to know so many of you and sharing our passion for this great band over the years. I marvel sometimes at how lucky we are to have a group we love stay together this long and keep creating amazing music year after year. A huge thanks to Rhett, Ken, Murry and Philip for letting me be a part of it. It’s been an honor and a privilege to work with you guys. And thanks to Frank Early, the Godfather of the original website hitbyatrain.com for pulling me in to help in the first place, those two(!) decades ago.
I especially want to thank you all for your support of the Old 97’s charity cover album—Desperate Times—which was a personal labor of love. We’ve raised over $10K for Charity: Water so far and it still trickles in thanks to Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon et al.
I’m thrilled to welcome Dorin to the team to take the reins, and I’ve no doubt she’s going to do a great job. I’ll still be around a bit, helping with merch stuff mostly. I’m @jfneely on Twitter. And if you ever catch a show in Austin and you notice my hulking presence (usually Kenside, sometimes Murryside), feel free to say hi.
Funny thing — the pic above of Ken & I on the ferris wheel at one of the Old 97’s County Fairs is literally the only picture I could find of myself with the band. Though I did find this one of my now 22-year-old daughter at a La Zona Rosa soundcheck in 2001 or so.
Man, time flies.