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Gary Louris

Biography

Over the last three decades, singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer Gary Louris has built a deeply compelling body of music whose artistry and integrity has won the loyalty of an international audience and the respect of both critics and his peers. Best known for his seminal work with The Jayhawks, he is one of the most acclaimed musicians to come out of Minnesota’s teeming rock scene.

Concurrent with his time in the Jayhawks, Louris has been a charter member of the part-time alt-rock supergroup Golden Smog, which at various times has included members of Soul Asylum, Wilco, the Replacements and Big Star.

Along the way Louris has produced records by various artists, contributed songs to Grammy Award-winning albums by the Tedeschi/Trucks Band and The Dixie Chicks; and recorded with acts as diverse as the Black Crowes, Counting Crows, Uncle Tupelo, Joe Henry, John Hiatt, Lucinda Williams, Roger McGuinn, Maria McKee, Nickel Creek, Carrie Rodriguez, Tift Merritt and the Wallflowers.

Louris released his first solo album, Vagabonds, in 2008. His long awaited 2nd solo album, Jump For Joy, is scheduled for a summer 2021 release.

Along with keeping the Jayhawks flame burning, Louris is currently looking to the future and is busier than ever – writing, performing, producing and exploring new


Video & Press
  • The Jayhawks’ Gary Louris Premieres “Almost Home” Ahead of His First Solo LP in 12 Years

    [American Songwriter] BY MADELINE CRONE “I don’t know why it took me so long to put out another solo album,” says The Jayhawks frontman and songwriter-talent Gary Louris about his forthcoming project, Jump For Joy. Due June 4 via Thirty Tigers, Louris’s new record is his first release since Vagabond in 2008. The delay was not a lack of […]

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  • Gary Louris’ “New Normal” on NYT Playlist

    [New York Times] Every Friday, pop critics for The New York Times weigh in on the week’s most notable new songs and videos. Just want the music? Listen to the Playlist on Spotify here (or find our profile: nytimes). Gary Louris, ‘New Normal’ Gary Louris of the Jayhawks wrote and recorded “New Normal” more than a decade […]

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