(Back in April, we caught up with the 97's as they were pre-recording material at Sons of Hermann Hall in Deep Ellum.)
About a week afterRhett Miller tweeted
that the upcoming,planned double-disc release
of the Old 97's new album,The Grand Theater
, would indeed be a split release after all, Murry Hammond, bassist for local legends, confirms the news--and adds a little more insight onto matters.
"The Grand Theatre, Volume 1 is due October 12," explains Hammond. "The second part comes out next June, as it is just two-thirds recorded and mixed and we're adding to it as we speak."
So the long-rumored double CD will not happen after all. But Hammond says that's a good thing, promising that fans can expect the split release to result in more new material.
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"We just had songs coming out of our ears," Hammond says. "It just looked like a chance to do either a double or just two back to back [records]. We went with the back to back idea to get even more songs out there, as we've had a bonanza of good material lately."
Hammond went on to say that the Old 97s would be starting a big tour in December.
One wonders, with all these plans, when Hammond will find time to record to follow up to his great 2008 solo effort, I Don't Know Where I'm Going But I'm On My Way.
"I have a half-finished one in the can, but the studio is in San Diego and I'm too busy with family life and the 97's," Hammond says.