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The Day Tommy Stinson Joined Old 97's in the Studio: Photo Essay

The Old 97's (Ken Bethea, Philip Peeples, Rhett Miller, Murry Hammond) at Pleasantry Lane Studios, Dallas, TX.
The Old 97's (Ken Bethea, Philip Peeples, Rhett Miller, Murry Hammond) at Pleasantry Lane Studios, Dallas, TX.
Jeff Scroggins

This week's music feature is a series of photos from a recent day in the studio with Old 97's, who are currently working on a new album. This particular day, captured in detail by photographer Jeff Scroggins, was different from the others, though, partly because Rhett Miller started out in a sling and partly because of the company, which included Tommy Stinson of the Replacements. Scroggins ends his written account of the day this way:

They didn't get through two songs before Miller'd had enough. He picked up his guitar and was determined to play. Excruciating pain or not, he was going to play.

The day came and went and who knows what will end up on the record. But rock 'n' roll royalty is not restricted to Los Angeles, London or New York. Legends are made here in North Texas, too, and, at least in the case of the Old 97's, they aren't going anywhere soon.

We could only include a handful of Scroggins' photos in print, but you can see a larger collection here.

See also: -Feature: In the Studio with Old 97's

Old 97's work on new songs at Pleasantry Lane Studio, Dallas.
Old 97's work on new songs at Pleasantry Lane Studio, Dallas.
Jeff Scroggins
Bethea discusses his love for his Landric custom guitar.
Bethea discusses his love for his Landric custom guitar.
Jeff Scroggins
Hammond and Miller play through a new song.
Hammond and Miller play through a new song.
Jeff Scroggins

 

Peeples shares a story with Hammond.
Peeples shares a story with Hammond.
Jeff Scroggins
Rhett Miller.
Rhett Miller.
Jeff Scroggins
Tommy Stinson, Miller, producer Salim Nourallah and others listen to the new Old 97's demos at Pleasantry Lane Studio.
Tommy Stinson, Miller, producer Salim Nourallah and others listen to the new Old 97's demos at Pleasantry Lane Studio.
Jeff Scroggins

 

Miller explains the guitar part of a new song to Tommy Stinson while Bethea looks on.
Miller explains the guitar part of a new song to Tommy Stinson while Bethea looks on.
Jeff Scroggins
The Old 97's, Tommy Stinson and friends play a new Old 97's song.
The Old 97's, Tommy Stinson and friends play a new Old 97's song.
Jeff Scroggins
Miller was determined to play, even with his arm in a sling.
Miller was determined to play, even with his arm in a sling.
Jeff Scroggins
Stinson and Bethea watch Miller for chord changes in a song.
Stinson and Bethea watch Miller for chord changes in a song.
Jeff Scroggins

See also: -The 100 Best Texas Songs: The Complete List -The Ten Most Badass Band Names in DFW -The Best Bands in DFW: 2012 Edition -Photo Essay: The Tattoos of Dallas' Nightlife Scene

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