The incredible harmonies and distinctive arrangements of The Jayhawks set them apart from the rest of the Minneapolis music scene that emerged in the 1980s. By the early 90’s they became a driving force and inspiration behind the growing Americana movement. Combining the talents of singer-songwriters Gary Louris and Mark Olson, The Jayhawks released their major label debut, the acclaimed Hollywood Town Hall (1992) on the Def American label. This was followed by Tomorrow the Green Grass (1995), which produced the alternative radio hit single “Blue”.
When Olson left to pursue a solo career, Louris singularly took over the songwriting role in The Jayhawks creating the band’s enduring sound on some of their best selling and well-received albums including Smile (2000) and Rainy Day Music (2003). Louris continues to write and tour with the longtime core group of Marc Perlman, Karen Grotberg, and Tim O’Reagan. While the touring line-up has changed over the years and Olson briefly reappeared in 2010 to record and tour, this classic lineup maintains a commitment to adventure and forward motion in their shows and in their recordings. Their latest album, Paging Mr. Proust (2016), was produced in Portland with Peter Buck and Tucker Martine.
Videos & Press
[Wall Street Journal] By Mike Ayers In the Jayhawks new video for their song “Comeback Kids,” frontman Gary Louris embarks on a mysterious trip that channels the song’s meaning in a slightly different way. “The song itself is about traveling to see someone,” he says. “Ironically, [it] centers around an airport and that is the […]
[NPR] By Tom Huizenga The last song in this set from The Jayhawks is called “Comeback Kids.” Although it’s ostensibly a breezy portrait of a lovers’ reunion, the title could be the motto for a band that’s been through so many breakups, re-formations and personnel changes in the past 30 years that Wikipedia resorted to […]
[VuHaus] Watch The Jayhawks perform Quiet Corners and Empty Spaces at an Old Settler’s Pop-Up Session here.
[NPR] By Stephen Thompson In the early ’90s, The Jayhawks looked like the next Uncle Tupelo, complete with Midwestern roots, potential for outsize influence, and a lineup rife with infighting and creative differences. But where Uncle Tupelo’s inevitable implosion produced two successful offshoots (Wilco and Son Volt), The Jayhawks’ Gary Louris, Mark Olson and Tim […]
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[American Songwriter] By Greg Gaston With the roots music explosion of the last decade, it’s past time to reappraise The Jayhawks, one of the pioneer bands of the genre. By reissuing their late career renaissance through the record trilogy of Sound of Lies, Smile, and Rainy Day Music, it once again becomes clear just how […]
[PopMatters] By Matthew Fiander The mid-‘90s was a tumultuous time for the Jayhawks. On one hand, they were riding the wave of critical success after releasing Hollywood Town Hall and Tomorrow the Green Grass, two of the finest records of the decade. But on the other hand, just about everything else was up in the […]
[Houston Press] By Bob Ruggiero At the end of 1995, Gary Louris had a problem. A big one. His band, the critically acclaimed, Minneapolis-based Jayhawks, was just starting to gain some commercial traction after a decade of existence at the front of the No Depression/Americana/alt-country pack. Their release earlier that year, Tomorrow the Green Grass, […]