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Inspired by Johnny Cash's 'Wreck of the Old '97'
Ken Bethea and Murry Hammond were desperate to come up with a group name "lest we be forever dubbed 'The Rhett Miller Band," Bethea once joked about their frontman. One idea was Up the Junction (from the Squeeze title) before being inspired by Johnny Cash's version of this country standard. Said Bethea, "Murry sold us on Old 97's by saying, 'Numbers are cool.'" Download Old 97's Songs