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The Jayhawks


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
  • The Jayhawks Willfully Drift in New ‘Comeback Kids’ Video

    [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 […]

  • Watch The Jayhawks’ Tiny Desk Concert

    [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 […]

  • Watch The Jayhawks Perform ‘Quiet Corners and Empty Spaces Live

    [VuHaus] Watch The Jayhawks perform Quiet Corners and Empty Spaces at an Old Settler’s Pop-Up Session here.

  • NPR First Listen: The Jayhawks, ‘Paging Mr. Proust’

    [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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