Hitchhike to Rhome
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|Hitchhike To Rhome|
|Studio album by Old 97's|
|Released||November 1, 1994|
|Recorded||Crystal Clear Sound in Dallas, TX|
|Label||Big Iron Records|
|Old 97's chronology|
|Christgau's Consumer Guide|||
|The New Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
Hitchhike to Rhome is the first studio album by American country/rock band Old 97's, first released on November 1, 1994 (see 1994 in music). The title comes from the song, "Stoned," and refers to Rhome, Texas.
The lyrics make numerous references to the band's Dallas, Texas, environs. "504" refers to the area code for New Orleans (see area code 504). The Robert mentioned in "Drowning In The Days" (as well as "Big Brown Eyes") is Miller's boyhood friend, Robert Jenkins. "Miss Molly" recalls Miller and Hammond's previous work with bluegrass band, Killbilly, with "Doreen" referring to a memorable fan of that band and referencing New York City for the first of many times.
"4 Leaf Clover" was re-recorded as "Four Leaf Clover" with Exene Cervenka for the band's 1997 album, Too Far To Care. Live favorite, "Wish The Worst", is the only Old 97's song with lead guitar played by someone other than Ken Bethea. "Mama Tried" is a Merle Haggard standard and is a favorite live song for bassist, Hammond. "Tupelo County Jail" is a hidden track, playing after a long pause at the end of the album.
(all songs composed by Rhett Miller except where noted)
- "St. Ignatius" - 4:14
- "504" - 3:39
- "Drowning in the Days" - 4:02 (Miller/Hammond)
- "Miss Molly" - 2:18 (Cindy Walker)
- "Dancing with Tears" - 2:55 (Joe Burke/Al Dubin)
- "4 Leaf Clover" - 3:14
- "Wish the Worst" - 4:32
- "Old 97's Theme" - 1:42
- "Doreen" (bluegrass version)- 3:18 (Miller/Hammond)
- "Hands Off" - 4:35
- "Mama Tried" - 2:29 (Merle Haggard)
- "Stoned" - 3:59
- "If My Heart Was a Car" - 3:29
- "Desperate Times" - 3:46
- "Ken's Polka Thing" - 13:34 (Bonus track "Tupelo County Jail" after a long pause) (Ken Bethea/Webb Pierce)
- Ken Bethea - electric guitar & accordion
- Murry Hammond - bass, vocals & banjo
- Rhett Miller - vocals & acoustic guitar
- Philip Peeples - drums
- Andy Owens - banjo on Doreen and If My Heart Was A Car and mandolin on Doreen
- Reggie Rueffer - fiddle on Hands Off
- Clark Vogeler - 1st electric guitar on Wish The Worst
- Alan Wooley - 2nd electric guitar on Wish The Worst
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