Details on Upcoming Jayhawks Album


First full-band effort in
over a decade and a half.


By Blurt Staff


, the new album The Jayhawks, will be released September 20 on Rounder
Records. The 12-track album is the first full-band studio release featuring
both founding members Gary Louris and Mark Olson since 1995’s Tomorrow the Green Grass. Of returning
to the studio Louris tells Rolling Stone magazine,
“Our goal is to make the best Jayhawks album that’s ever been done. Mark and I
both feel that there is some business left undone and we got together and wrote
some great songs.”


In addition to co-writing all the songs with Olson,
Louris also produced the record. Mockingbird
was recorded in Minneapolis
at The Terrarium Recording Studios over a month’s time during the winter of
2010. Other original band members featured on the record include Karen Grotberg
(keyboards, vocals), Tim O’Reagan (drums, vocals) and Marc Perlman (bass). Of
returning to the studio as The Jayhawks, Louris notes, “The difference from
then and now is that Mark and I have both experienced different kinds of music
and expanded our palates. So this record has moments of experimentation and a
bit of worldliness. I like a well-crafted, in-and-out kind of song, but with
Mark, the lyrics dictate the music, and he’ll go off into interesting,
asymmetrical compositions. So it’s a nice balance. Certain things were meant to
be-like peanut butter and jelly-and Mark and I just work well together. And
having done a lot of co-writing during the last six or seven years, I’m more
appreciative of the magic that we have together. That doesn’t come along very
often for anybody.”


The new release comes on the
heels of several pivotal and reinvigorating years for the band, whose first
career-spanning anthology Music From The
North Country
was released in 2009 by American/Legacy. Additionally, in
August 2010, for the first time on CD, the self-titled debut album from the
band (often referred to by fans as The Bunkhouse album) was reissued by Lost
Highway Records. Moreover, in January 2011 the band’s first two albums for
American Recordings-Hollywood Town Hall (1992) and Tomorrow The Green Grass (1995)-were re-released with a wealth of rare bonus tracks. In conjunction with
these reissues the original Jayhawks line-up shared the stage for the first
time in 15+ years in January 2011, performing special shows in Minneapolis,
Chicago, New York,
Philadelphia and Toronto. Of the band’s performance as a
reunited quintet, the Chicago Tribune heralded, “During a soaring two-hour set, the Jayhawks put on a clinic in the
art of blended melodies and balanced songwriting. As always, Olson and fellow
guitarist/singer Gary Louris’ impeccable vocal harmonies held sway.”


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