Old 97’s – 12/31/2014 – Washington DC


Old 97’s
31 December 2014
The Hamilton
Washington, D.C.

Set One

01. 504
02. Champaign, Illinois
03. Give It Time
04. Crash On The Barrelhead
05. Wasted
06. Niteclub
07. Lonely Holiday
08. This Is The Ballad
09. W. Tx Teardrops
10. Nashville
11. Every Night Is Friday Night (Without You)
12. Big Brown Eyes
13. Over The Cliff

Set Two

01. Longer Than You’ve Been Alive
02. Melt Show
03. Guadalajara
04. Mama Tried
05. Dance With Me
06. Wheels Off
07. Miss Molly
08. Countdown to 2015 > Auld Lang Syne
09. Most Messed Up
10. My Sweet Blue-Eyed Darlin’
11. Barrier Reef
12. Let’s Get Drunk & Get It On
13. Doreen
14. Four Leaf Clover
15. Victoria
16. Rollerskate Skinny
17. King Of All Of The World
18. Going, Going, Gone
19. Eyes For You
20. Timebomb


– Second night of sold-out, two night run at The Hamilton.
– Vandaveer opened.

Source: DPA 4023 > Sound Devices 744 (24/96)
Recorded by Alex Leary (vwmule at gmail)

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Johnny Cash Tribute – 09/20/2013 – Austin, TX


Johnny Cash Tribute
Cingular Stage
Austin City Limits Festival
Sept 20, 2003

When the word came down that Rosanne Cash had canceled her ACL gig after her father died, word quickly spread that the slot would be filled by a tribute to the great man. Yesterday afternoon, word proved true.

Hosted by Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel, Austin country’s toastmaster general, the set opened with the award-winning video to Johnny Cash’s remarkable cover of Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt,” projected onto the Cingular stage screen. The images of days gone by, juxtaposed with footage of Cash as he looked last year, were all the more powerful for their massive size.

Things didn’t let up when the live music started. Benson and up-and-coming belter Tift Merritt glided through a strong version of “I Still Miss Someone” that set the tribute’s casual vibe. Then Merritt announced she would pay tribute to Cash by “honoring his daughter” with a lovely cover of Rosanne’s “Seven Year Ache.”

The ringleaders of the recent Southern rock revival showed up to pay tribute as well. At the start of his band’s set, Drive-By Truckers’ frontman Patterson Hood talked about envisioning June Carter Cash and Johnny sitting down to have dinner in heaven. Then guitarist Jason Isbell provided his own version of celestial music: a moving version of “I Walk The Line” that was marked by his plaintive vocals. Guitarist Mike Cooley followed with a deft reading of “Give My Love to Rose” and then Memphis’ North Mississippi Allstars played acoustic versions of “Home of the Blues” and “Big River.”

Dallas’ Old 97’s all but stole the show with “Let the Train Blow the Whistle” a song they covered on an early 7″, and “Ring of Fire,” which brought everyone back on stage for the tribute’s most heartfelt moment.

“ACL” producer Terry Lickona introduced the final part of the tribute — Johnny Cash’s 1987 appearance on “Austin City Limits” shown on the stage’s monitor — by decrying “the plastic pop that passes for country” these days. About five minutes after the screening started, it began to pour. Which was somehow totally appropriate. — Joe Gross


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