Video: The Old 97's Start Recording A New Album at Sons of Hermann Hall


As always, where there's Vimeo, we give you YouTube too.

At this point in their careers, the Old 97's are always on the lookout for fresh challenges.

Take, for instance, the recording scheme they've cooked up for their next album. They recorded 2008's Blame It On Gravity at Salim Nourallah's Pleasantry Lane studios, but this time around the band opted up for a three-part record-making odyssey: a week at Sons of Hermann Hall, then a week of studio time in Austin, and, lastly, one final session at Pleasantry Lane.

We caught up with the band a little over a week ago, as they celebrated Record Store Day by wrapping up their week initial week of recording at Sons--and just a few hours before the mysterious Roamin' (or Rhomin', you pick) Hitchhikers took the stage at the venue that night.

The band goes way back at Sons, and, after playing a four-night Old 97's residency there late last year, Murry Hammond told us he took things to the next level this time around: He made it a true residency, spending a night on the hallowed floorboards along with the Sons of Hermann ghosts--spirits he'd heard weren't necessarily friendly.

Let Hammond tell you how that all went, and hear from Rhett Miller and the band's once-again producer, Nourallah, about how the new (double?) album's shaping up. It's all in the above video, along with a new, unmistakably 97's song called "Grand Theater."

Catch the pronunciation now, superfans, and you'll get to enjoy correcting your friends for months.

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