Thursday, August 15, 2013

Rare Waylon Jennings/Old 97’s EP set for October release

Here's another enticing release from Omnivore, which really seems to align with my music tastes. I'm a big Old 97's fan, so I can't wait to hear this...

Imagine if Waylon Jennings came to see your band. Imagine if Waylon Jennings liked your band. Liked them enough to talk you up in The Austin Chronicle. Imagine your A&R guy telling you to write Waylon to thank him and see if he wanted to record some music with you.
Imagine if Waylon said yes.
Waylon Jennings attended an Old 97’s gig in 1996 and later that year joined Ken Bethea, Murry Hammond, Rhett Miller and Philip Peeples in a studio in Nashville to cut two tracks that combine the energy of a young band with the classic delivery of an outlaw icon.
Sadly, Waylon passed away in 2002 and these recordings — some of Jennings’ last — never saw the light of day until April of 2013.
On Oct. 1, Omnivore Recordings will release the Waylon Jennings/Old 97’s collaborations and Old 97's demos from the label’s Record Store Day double 7" on a new CD EP coupled with two additional Old 97’s demos from 1996.
For the new permanent catalog version of the collaboration, Omnivore has added two heretofore unissued demos, “London I Know” and a cover of the Magnetic Fields’ Stephin Merritt classic “Born on a Train,” from that band’s great The Charm of the Highway Strip album, to previously released tracks “Visiting Hours” (a live version of which appeared on 2011’s The Grand Theater Vol. 2) and  “Fireflies” (re-recorded by Rhett Miller for his acclaimed 2006 solo album The Believer).
The CD EP will be available in a digipack with art from Jon Langford (of the Mekons and Waco Brothers, and renowned painter of country music icons) and insightful and hilarious liners from the band’s Rhett Miller, which put the listener right there in the studio. 
Track Listing:

“Iron Road”
“The Other Shoe”
“Visiting Hours” (1996 demo)
“Fireflies” (take 2, 1996 demo)
“London I Know” (1996 demo)*
“Born on a Train” (1996 demo)*
*previously unissued


Waylon Jennings: vocals (“Iron Road” and “The Other Shoe”)
Ken Bethea: guitar / Murry Hammond: bass, vocals
Rhett Miller: guitar, vocals / Philip Peeples: drums

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