By Way of Joe Ely, Rhett Miller Helps Remind Us How This Blog Got Its Name.

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What do you say we go and print some of these suckers up now that we're famous?
Every few months or so, it just so happens that someone will pop up on our radar and ask us how this here blog got its name. To be honest: We're not quite sure who picked it. Our memories here in the music department tend to be hazy. Maybe it was Noah W. Bailey? Sounds about right. It was before I got to town in early '08, I know that much.

Anyway, to the point of bringing all this up: Seems that every time we interview one of The Flatlanders (Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely and Butch Hancock), the topic returns -- namely because, well, yes, "DC-9 at Night" is a reference to a couple of lines in a Gilmore-penned Flatlanders song called "Dallas." The portion in question: "Have you ever seen Dallas from a DC-9 at night? Oh, Dallas is a jewel, Dallas is a beautiful sight."

So there you go. It might be a little confusing on its own, but we like it. It sure stands out among all the generically named music blogs out there, that's for sure. And others dig it, too -- like the dudes in the band Dawes, who gave us a shout-out for the name on Twitter a couple months back.

Anyway, when Joe Ely was in town a few weeks back for a gig at the Granada, naturally, we asked him about the song. "It has to be the most requested song on every tour," he told us, before going on to note that he thought the Old 97's did a particularly good take on it.

Which brings us to the video we've posted after the jump. The very day we posted that Ely interview, Old 97's frontman Rhett Miller was performing a solo gig at the Belmont Hotel. And, after having seen the shout-out from Ely, Miller decided to perform the song during his show. Nice choice, we'd say -- especially given the gorgeous backdrop of the downtown Dallas skyline seen at the Belmont's stage.

Give a clip of the performance -- shout-out to us from Miller included! -- after the jump.


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7 comments
nimbusthegreat
nimbusthegreat

from what i remember (those dada days were a bit hazy) jonanna widner picked it.  however, i like the one that didn't get picked even better - "i love you but i've chosen dallas".

Bigjondaniel
Bigjondaniel

ummm - why don't you post the lyrics. It's not the most complementary song. The fact that Dallas people are proud of a song that song calls Dallas Women gold diggers, Dallas Men crazed salesmen, and Dallas People in general fake money grubbers, is pretty damn funny. Woo Hoo  Dallas - Fuck ya!

JLR
JLR

none whatsoever 

Bigjondaniel
Bigjondaniel

Plus - the last time The Flatlanders were at the Granada a couple of years ago -this blog didn't even show up!  The horror!

Bigjondaniel
Bigjondaniel

This is The Observer Blogs. Whining is an art!

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