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The Jayhawks

Recorded Jan. 11, 2015



The Jayhawks are an American alternative country and country rock band that emerged from the Twin Cities music scene during the mid-1980s. Their country rock sound was influential on many bands who played the Twin Cities circuit during the 1980s and 1990s like Uncle Tupelo, the Gear Daddies and the Honeydogs. They have released several studio albums, including five on the American Recordings label. On hiatus from 2005 to 2009, the band has since reunited, releasing an album, Mockingbird Time, in September 2011. After another brief hiatus, the 1997 touring lineup reunited to play shows in 2014 to support the reissue of three albums released between 1997 and 2003. After the tour, Mark Olson again left the band. It was later revealed that he left because of a strained relationship with band member Gary Louris. In September 2015 the band announced that they are recording a new album, Paging Mr. Proust, produced by Peter Buck, which was released in 2016.

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The Jayhawks and their Americana-influenced sound first emerged from Minnesota during the mid-1980s. One of the most important bands of the postpunk era in the crowded Twin Cities 1980s music scene, The Jayhawks
came of age in a memorable decade that saw the likes of the Replacements, Soul Asylum, Husker Du and Prince put Minnesota on the musical map in a big way. Over the last 3 decades, The Jayhawks have become known for their exquisite harmonies, accomplished songwriting and energizing live shows, while creating a classic sound that fuses the best elements of country, rock, folk, Americana and pop.

The January 11th 2015 show at the Belly Up was part of a tour to support the 2014 deluxe reissues of 3 of the band’s albums originally released between 1997 and 2003: “Sound of Lies”, “Smile” and “Rainy Day Music”. This show features a late 90s lineup of band expertly covering every era of The Jayhawks long career with highlights including ''Waiting for the Sun'', “Big Star”, “Blue”, ''Tailspin,'' “Save It For a Rainy Day,” “Take Me With You (When You Go)”, and “Settled Down Like Rain”.

Band Credits: Gary Louris - electric guitars, vocals
Marc Perlman - bass, vocals
Tim O'Reagan - drums, vocals
Karen Grotberg - keyboards, vocals
Kraig Johnson - acoustic & electric guitars, vocals
Jessy Greene - violin, vocals
John Jackson - mandolin, acoustic guitar, vocals

Total Play Time: Approx. 81 Minutes
Engineered by Martin Greaves
File Size 303MB

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This week’s “What’s Up at the Belly Up” Podcast is proud to present Gary Louris, founder and frontman of The Jayhawks. We talked about health and supplements, watching a lot of TV, tall people, fashion sense, and of course...the bubonic plague.


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