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Songs of the Old 97's

Pledge now to preorder Desperate Times: an album of Old 97's covers to benefit charity: water, for exclusive content!

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Welcome to Desperate Times, an album of Old 97’s songs covered by some of the best artists, musicians and friends you can imagine. It’s the brainchild and labor of love for our web guy, Jefe, to help fund a project for charity: water, an amazing non-profit organization that’s working to bring clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries.

The album features Old 97’s songs performed by some amazing artists, including:

Hayes Carll
Ben Kweller
Polyphonic Spree
Kelly Willis
Monte Warden (The Wagoneers) & Chip Kinman (Rank & File)
Those Darlins
The Deathray Davies
Occasional Milkshake
The Travoltas
The O’s
Western Star
Sarah Jaffe

…and maybe even more when it’s all said and done. It’s going to be mixed by John Dufhilo and will be ready to press before the end of the year.

Desperate Times is going to be a digital album release with all proceeds after costs going to a charity: water project. There will be a small, exclusive run of vinyl LPs available here on Pledgemusic as a preorder. But no CDs or any other hard copies will be available once we’re funded. Everybody who signs up for the Access Pass will get the full digital download when it’s ready, along with a bunch of surprises along the way. You’ll get access to behind-the-scenes studio info as it happens, and maybe an exclusive track or two as well! We’ve also offered up some of our personal collections of Old 97’s memorabilia from through the years to help make this happen.

We can’t wait to share this process with you. Please, tell your friends, share on your socials, and check back often as we work to make a difference—and make a really cool album, too. So thank you in advance to the Old 97’s and all the great artists participating. And of course, thanks to everyone who comes along for the ride!

-Jefe, Old 97’s Web+Social+Design Guy and Soon-To-Be-Album Producer.

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80% of any money raised after the goal is reached will go to Charity: Water.


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AccessPass: Songs of the Old 97's - MP3 Digital Download

Songs of the Old 97's - MP3 Digital Download

The Access Pass includes a digital download of the album before it’s available anywhere else, plus access to the pledger-only section of the site where you’ll get exclusive inside looks into the recording process, and maybe a bonus track or two!

Desperate Times WAV download

Desperate Times WAV download

High-res WAV files of the entire album. For when an MP3 just doesn’t take up enough disc space.

Desperate Times CD

Desperate Times CD

You asked for it! CD version of the album.

Desperate Times Vinyl LP

Desperate Times Vinyl LP
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The VERY limited edition 180 gram collector’s vinyl version of the album. Less than 300 numbered copies will be pressed.

Vintage Old 97's Tour Poster

Vintage Old 97's Tour Poster
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Surprise yourself with a vintage tour poster from an Old 97’s tour, signed by the band. Posters vary, mostly from the last 4-5 years. They’re all cool though. Digital album download included.

Photos to be added soon.

Sound Check Photo Pass

Sound Check Photo Pass
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Come to the sound check before one of the Old 97’s live shows and get some great shots up close and personal. Travel not included. Meet & greet likely.

Original Old 97's demo EP

Original Old 97's demo EP
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The super-rare original Old 97’s cassette tape EP that preceded Hitchhike to Rhome. A little piece of history that very, very few can claim to still own. Straight from Ken Bethea’s closet.

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