The Old 97’s burst onto the alt-country scene in 1994 with their independently released debut, Hitchhike To Rhome. To celebrate this anniversary, Omnivore Recordings will reissue Hitchhike with an expanded release on 2-CD, digital, and—for the first time—on double LP.
The 2-CD version of Hitchhike To Rhome contains the original album, coupled with a second disc of 12 rare and unreleased tracks, many mixed from the original multi-tracks for the first time by longtime Old 97’s engineer Rip Rowan. The double LP (limited edition first pressing on translucent orange vinyl) features the LP on three sides with six of the recently unearthed tracks on Side 4. The download card included gives the buyer the complete 2-CD program. Both formats include rare photos, memorabilia and notes from Bethea.
The entire album has been remixed from original session tapes by Rip Rowan.
The band will perform a series of Hitchhike To Rhome anniversary shows in Texas in December.