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Deluxe reissue of Gary Louris’ Vagabonds album set for 9/21 street date.

Run Out Groove Vinyl has announced that their deluxe reissue of Gary Louris’ solo album Vagabonds will be shipping for a September 21, 2018 street date. Originally released in 2008, this reissue of Louris’ only solo album will be a limited, numbered, 180g 2LP edition expanded to include a bonus disc with the entire Stuart Damen f��r Elizabeth Espadrilles Nizza schwarz 910 Acoustic Vagabonds EP,  demos (including a previously unreleased song) and outtakes, many making their first appearance in a physical format. The vinyl pressing and packaging are of the highest quality.

If you missed the pre-order, there is still an opportunity to obtain a copy. Use this store locator feature to find independent record stores in your area that might be carrying it on 9/21: 

STORE LOCATOR

Note: this was a one time pressing and the supply of unsold copies is strictly limited to what various retailers have in stock. When they’re gone, they’re gone for good.


My vision for Vagabonds was to make my own mini-All Things Must Pass, one of my favorite albums of all time. I wanted to find that special place between pop, rock and traditional music. I’ve always loved music that exists in the seams, between genres. And there was a real synergy between everyone involved that made it a very happy record to make.

Gary Louris
North Carolina
May 7, 2018

DETAILS

  • Expanded to a 2LP set and will include a bonus disc of outtakes, demos and acoustic tracks, with many making their debut to vinyl as well as several never having been released on any physical format. The entire Acoustic Vagabonds EP is included on the bonus disc.
  • Sourced from the original masters with lacquers cut at Sam Phillips Recording Studio.
  • Will be pressed on two 180g black records at Record Industry in the Netherlands and come in a deluxe gatefold tip-on Stoughton sleeve.
  • New notes from Gary.
  • New photos from the original sessions.
  • Each 2LP set will come numbered and strictly limited based on pre-orders. Limited to one pressing.
  • First repress since the long out of print original limited vinyl release in 2008.

Track Listing:

Side A
1 True Blue
2 Omaha Nights
3 To Die A Happy Man
4 She Only Calls Me On Sunday
5 We’ll Get By

Side B
1. Black Grass
2. I Wanna Get High
3. Vagabonds
4. D.C. Blues
5. Meandering

Side C
1. Three Too Many (outtake, iTunes bonus track, previously unavailable on any physical format)
2. Working Girl (Demo, iTunes bonus track, previously unavailable on any physical format)
3. Baby Let Me Take Care Of You (outtake, Amazon bonus track, previously unavailable on any physical format)
4. Fall Day (Demo, Amazon bonus track, previously unavailable on any physical format)
5. Girl in the Window (previously unreleased outtake)

Side D
1. True Blue (acoustic version)
2. Omaha Nights (acoustic version)
3. To Die A Happy Man (acoustic version)
4. She Only Calls Me on Sundays (acoustic version)
5. We’ll Get By (acoustic version)
6. Vagabonds (acoustic version)

Run Out Groove Vinyl website: www.runoutgroovevinyl.com

photos: Darren Ankenman

WFUV radio session & interview

The Jayhawks returned to The Bronx in June 2018 for another session at WFUV. A long time supporter of the band, WFUV always does a great job in their Studio A facility, nestled in the basement of a building on the beautiful Fordham University campus. 3 songs from the The Jayhawks new album Back Roads And Abandoned MotelsHigh Shoes T Sweet Platform Bowtie Women's Pumps Kaloosh Heels Chunky Strap Round Toe wUqBUx8R7 were performed and Gary Louris was interviewed by Darren DeVivo.

Listen: http://www.wfuv.org/content/jayhawks-2018

 Photo credit: Brian Gallagher

New Jayhawks album is out

The 10th Jayhawks studio album, Back Roads And Abandoned Motels, was released on July 13, 2018 through Legacy Recordings.

Available in Digital, CD, and 12" vinyl formats, Back Roads and Abandoned Motels is first Jayhawks release of new music for Legacy, who previously issued the group’s first compilation, Music From The North Country - The Jayhawks Anthology, in 2009 followed by releases of expanded Legacy Editions of the group’s fabled breakout titles - Hollywood Town Halland Tomorrow the Green Grass - in 2011.

Recorded in two vibrant sessions in 2017, Back Roads and Abandoned Motels finds the current incarnation of The Jayhawks - Louris (vocals, acoustic and electric guitars), Marc Perlman (bass), Tim O'Reagan (vocals, drums, percussion), Karen Grotberg (vocals, piano, keyboards), John Jackson (mandolin, violin, acoustic guitar) - going for a lean, simple approach,  at times reminiscent of the fabled Rainy Day Music era, while they put their unique spin on these 11 new performances of Gary’s songs. The Jayhawks have long blessed with an abundance of superb vocal talent and on the new album Karen and Tim each sing lead on two songs. Tim performs “Gonna Be a Darkness” and “Long Time Ago” while Karen takes lead vocals (for the first time on a Jayhawks album) on the opener, “Come Cryin’ to Me (which also features a soulful horn section arranged by David Ralicke) and on “El Dorado.”

Back Roads and Abandoned Motels expands the group’s repertoire with brand-new recordings of songs that frontman Gary Louris has co-written with other acts: “Come Cryin’ to Me” (originally released on Natalie Maines’ Mother in 2013); “Everybody Knows” and “Bitter End” (released on Dixie Chicks’ Taking The Long Way in 2006); “Gonna Be a Darkness” (written and performed by Louris and Jakob Dylan for True Blood: Music From The HBO Original Series - Volume 3 in 2011); “Need You Tonight” (originally released on Scott Thomas’ Matson Tweed in 2015); “El Dorado” (originally released on Carrie Rodriguez’ She Ain’t Me in 2008); “Bird Never Flies” (originally released on Ari Hest’s The Break-In in 2007); “Backwards Women” (written with Wild Feathers but never recorded) and “Long Time Ago” (written with Emerson Hart of Tonic but never recorded).

Back Roads and Abandoned Motels also marks the debut of two of Gary’s latest songs, “Carry You To Safety” and “Leaving Detroit.”


Special bundles featuring the new album + exclusive merchandise are still available HERE

New album also available HERE and HERE

Check out these new radio sessions HERE and HERE

2018 tour dates HERE


THE JAYHAWKS
BACK ROADS AND ABANDONED MOTELS

1. Come Cryin’ To Me (Gary Louris, Natalie Maines, Martie Maguire, Emily Robison)

2. Everybody Knows (Gary Louris, Natalie Maines, Emily Robison, Martie Maguire)

3. Gonna Be A Darkness (Jakob Dylan, Gary Louris)

4. Bitter End (Emily Robison, Natalie Maines, Gary Louris, Martie Maguire)

5. Backwards Women (Gary Louris, Joel King, Taylor Burns, Ricky Young)

6. Long Time Ago (Emerson Hart, Gary Louris)

7. Need You Tonight (Scott Thomas, Gary Louris, Kristen Hall)

8. El Dorado (Carrie Rodriguez, Gary Louris, Malcolm Burn, Sandra Jennifer (Sandrine) Daniels)

9. Bird Never Flies (Ari Hest, Gary Louris)

10. Carry You To Safety (Gary Louris)

11. Leaving Detroit (Gary Louris)


ALBUM TRAILER

New Ray Davies album recorded with The Jayhawks now out

The new Ray Davies album, OUR COUNTRY: AMERICANA ACT II, is now available on CD, 2LP vinyl and digital formats through Legacy Recordings.

TO BUY OR LISTEN: https://RayDavies.lnk.to/americana-II

The continuing story of The Kinks co-founder’s journeys through America, as depicted in his 2013 memoir Americana and last year’s album of the same name, OUR COUNTRY: AMERICANA ACT II is an album borne from Davies’ vision of America – how it shaped him and evolved through the years. His reflections on his experiences in America instigate personal reformation, and eventually rediscovery and celebration of his own origins.

OUR COUNTRY, like its predecessor, was recorded at the legendary Konk Studios in London with guitarist Bill Shanley and The Jayhawks once again serving as Davies’ backing band plus a group of UK musicians.

The album picks up several intriguing musical threads from Davies’ extraordinary songwriting catalog, from the opener “Our Country” – which is developed from a melodic theme heard in  AMERICANA’s title track – to reinterpretations of songs inspired by America and written for various projects over the years, including “Oklahoma USA” (first heard on The Kinks’ MUSWELL HILBILLIES), “The Real World” (from 2007’s acclaimed solo album, WORKING MAN’S CAFÉ) and “The Getaway” (from 2006’s OTHER PEOPLES LIVES).

The story of Our Country: Americana Act 2

OUR COUNTRY: AMERICANA ACT II was arranged and produced by Ray Davies; the album was co-produced by Guy Massey and John Jackson. All songs were written by Davies.

Davies is currently working on a theatre/film piece based on both AMERICANA and OUR COUNTRY.

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TRACKLISTING:

1. Our Country
2. The Invaders (spoken word)
3. Back In The Day
4. Oklahoma U.S.A.
5. Bringing Up Baby
6. The Getaway
7. The Take
8. We Will Get There
9. The Real World
10. A Street Called Hope
11. The Empty Room
12. Calling Home
13. Louisiana Sky
14. March Of The Zombies
15. The Big Weird
16. Tony And Bob
17. The Big Guy
18. Epilogue
19. Muswell Kills

Exclusive preorder bundles available for new Jayhawks album


New preorder options and bundles are now available for the upcoming Jayhawks album Back Roads And Abandoned Motels, featuring merchandise exclusive to this offer: t-shirts, totes and key chains with vinyl & CDs.

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Back Roads And Abandoned Motels comes out July 13 on Legacy Recordings.

Info on the new album: bit.ly/JayhawksAlbum2018


Mega bundle featuring a signed test pressing and all exclusive items.

Bundle with signed LP copy and all exclusive items.

Exclusive tote bag.

Exclusive key fob.

Exclusive shirt.

New Jayhawks album coming on 7/13

Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release Back Roads and Abandoned Motels, a new studio album from The Jayhawks, on Friday, July 13.

Available in Digital, CD, and 12" vinyl formats, Back Roads and Abandoned Motels is The Jayhawks’ tenth studio album and first for Legacy Recordings (who issued the group’s first compilation, Music From The North Country - The Jayhawks Anthology, in 2009 followed by releases of expanded Legacy Editions of the group’s fabled breakout titles - Hollywood Town Hall and Tomorrow the Green Grass - in 2011).

Pre-order link: HERE

Samples: HERE

Produced by Gary Louris, John Jackson and Ed Ackerson at Flowers Studio in Minneapolis, Back Roads and Abandoned Motels sets nine songs co-written by Louris with other artists alongside two of Gary’s latest compositions.

Recorded in two vibrant sessions in 2017, Back Roads and Abandoned Motels finds the current incarnation of The Jayhawks - Louris (vocals, acoustic and electric guitars), Marc Perlman (bass), Tim O'Reagan (vocals, drums, percussion), Karen Grotberg (vocals, piano, keyboards), John Jackson (mandolin, violin, acoustic guitar) - going for a lean, simple approach,  at times reminiscent of the fabled Rainy Day Music era, while they put their unique spin on these 11 new performances of Gary’s songs. The Jayhawks have long blessed with an abundance of superb vocal talent and on the new album Karen and Tim each sing lead on two songs. Tim performs “Gonna Be a Darkness” and “Long Time Ago” while Karen takes lead vocals (for the first time on a Jayhawks album) on the opener, “Come Cryin’ to Me (which also features a soulful horn section arranged by David Ralicke) and on "El Dorado.”

Following the release of Back Roads and Abandoned Motels, The Jayhawks will perform select concert dates throughout 2018 beginning with a performance at the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival on June 16 (see concert schedule below; more dates to be added).

Back Roads and Abandoned Motels expands the group’s repertoire with brand-new recordings of songs that frontman Gary Louris has co-written with other acts: “Come Cryin’ to Me” (originally released on Natalie Maines’ Mother in 2013); “Everybody Knows” and “Bitter End” (released on Dixie Chicks’ Taking The Long Way in 2006); “Gonna Be a Darkness” (written and performed by Louris and Jakob Dylan for True Blood: Music From The HBO Original Series - Volume 3 in 2011); “Need You Tonight” (originally released on Scott Thomas’ 910 Elizabeth Damen Stuart Espadrilles schwarz f��r Nizza Matson Tweed in 2015); “El Dorado” (originally released on Carrie Rodriguez’ She Ain’t Me in 2008); “Bird Never Flies” (originally released on Ari Hest’s The Break-In in 2007); “Backwards Women” (written with Wild Feathers but never recorded) and “Long Time Ago” (written with Emerson Hart of Tonic but never recorded).

Back Roads and Abandoned Motels also marks the debut of two of Gary’s latest songs, “Carry You To Safety” and “Leaving Detroit.”


ALBUM TRAILER


LISTEN TO “EVERYBODY KNOWS”


LISTEN TO “BACKWARDS WOMEN”


THE JAYHAWKS
BACK ROADS AND ABANDONED MOTELS

1. Come Cryin’ To Me (Gary Louris, Natalie Maines, Martie Maguire, Emily Robison)

2. Everybody Knows (Gary Louris, Natalie Maines, Emily Robison, Martie Maguire)

3. Gonna Be A Darkness (Jakob Dylan, Gary Louris)

4. Bitter End (Emily Robison, Natalie Maines, Gary Louris, Martie Maguire)

5. Backwards Women (Gary Louris, Joel King, Taylor Burns, Ricky Young)

6. Long Time Ago (Emerson Hart, Gary Louris)

7. Need You Tonight (Scott Thomas, Gary Louris, Kristen Hall)

8. El Dorado (Carrie Rodriguez, Gary Louris, Malcolm Burn, Sandra Jennifer (Sandrine) Daniels)

9. Bird Never Flies (Ari Hest, Gary Louris)

10. Carry You To Safety (Gary Louris)

11. Leaving Detroit (Gary Louris)

The Jayhawks 2018 Concert Dates

June 16 BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival - Brooklyn, New York
June 23 Shake the Lake Festival - Madison, Wisconsin
July 13 Thalia Hall - Chicago, Illinois
July 14 Square Roots Festival - Chicago, Illinois
July 15 Minnesota Zoo - Apple Valley, Minnesota
July 21 Stillwater Lumberjack Days, Stillwater, MN
July 27 RAGBRAI Celebration - Iowa City, IA
September 6 Mercy Lounge - Nashville, Tennessee
September 7 RiverMusic Festival - Asheville, North Carolina
September 8 Hopscotch Music Festival - Raleigh, North Carolina
September 21 World Cafe Live - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
September 22 Bowery Ballroom - New York, New York (SOLD OUT)
September 23 Tarrytown Music Hall - Tarrytown, New York
October 11 The Birchmere - Alexandria, Virginia
October 12 Outpost in the Burbs - Montclair, New Jersey
October 13 Somerville Theatre - Somerville, Massachusetts

Deluxe, expanded reissue of Gary Louris’ Vagabonds album coming

Run Out Groove Vinyl just announced that they are reissuing Gary LourisHigh Blockabsatz Damen Office UH Bequeme Schuhe Spitz Geschlossene mit Pumps Heels Work vFwx0’ solo album Vagabonds. Originally released in 2008, this reissue will be a limited, numbered, 180g 2LP edition expanded to include the entire Acoustic Vagabonds EP,  demos (including a previously unreleased song) and outtakes, many making their first appearance in a physical format. 

More details and to pre-order: http://bit.ly/GL_Vagabonds

IMPORTANT: Vagabonds is available to order exclusively via the RUN OUT GROOVE website until midnight June 7, 2018 and will be limited and numbered based on total orders taken at the end of the pre-order period. After the pre-order closes, the only way to purchase a copy will be via participating music retailers while supplies last.

Pre-order opens: 5/9/18
Pre-order closes: 6/7/18


My vision for Vagabonds was to make my own mini-All Things Must Pass, one of my favorite albums of all time. I wanted to find that special place between pop, rock and traditional music. I’ve always loved music that exists in the seams, between genres. And there was a real synergy between everyone involved that made it a very happy record to make.

Gary Louris
North Carolina
May 7, 2018


DETAILS

  • Expanded to a 2LP set and will include a bonus disc of outtakes, demos and acoustic tracks, with many making their debut to vinyl as well as several never having been released on any physical format.
  • Sourced from the original masters with lacquers cut at Sam Phillips Recording Studio.
  • Will be pressed on 2-180g black records at Record Industry in the Netherlands and come in a deluxe gatefold tip-on Stoughton sleeve with new notes from Gary.
  • Each 2LP set will come numbered and strictly limited based on pre-orders. Limited to one pressing.
  • First repress since 2008, when it was originally issued on vinyl.

Track Listing:

Side A
1 True Blue
2 Omaha Nights
3 To Die A Happy Man
4 She Only Calls Me On Sunday
5 We’ll Get By

Side B
1. Black Grass
2. I Wanna Get High
3. Vagabonds
4. D.C. Blues
5. Meandering

Side C
1. Three Too Many (outtake, iTunes bonus track, previously unavailable on any physical format)
2. Working Girl (Demo, iTunes bonus track, previously unavailable on any physical format)
3. Baby Let Me Take Care Of You (outtake, Amazon bonus track, previously unavailable on any physical format)
4. Fall Day (Demo, Amazon bonus track, previously unavailable on any physical format)
5. Girl in the Window (previously unreleased outtake)

Side D
1. True Blue (acoustic version)
2. Omaha Nights (acoustic version)
3. To Die A Happy Man (acoustic version)
4. She Only Calls Me on Sundays (acoustic version)
5. We’ll Get By (acoustic version)
6. Vagabonds (acoustic version)

Run Out Groove Vinyl website: www.runoutgroovevinyl.com

Photo: Darren Ankeman

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Back Lot Music has released a soundtrack album for Jason Reitman’s comedy drama Tully starring Charlize Theron. The album features the film’s original music composed by Rob Simonsen (Foxcatcher, (500) Days of Summer, Nerve, Love, Simon, The Spectacular Now). Also included is the original song Let You Go by Beulahbelle (Kaitlyn & Mady Dever) and the band’s cover of the Nancy Sinatra-performed by John Barry/Leslie Bricusse-written You Only Live Twice, as well as tracks by The Jayhawks (the song Blue, featured in a key scene in the film), The Velvet Underground, Rufus Wainwright,  and Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam. 

Tully is directed by Reitman, written by Diablo Cody and along with Theron also stars Mackenzie Davis, Mark Duplass and Ron Livingston. The movie follows a mother of three who comes to form a unique bond with a thoughtful, surprising and sometimes challenging young nanny named Tully. The dramedy premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and was released on May 4 in theaters nationwide this weekend by Focus Features.

Official movie website: http://focusfeatures.com/tully/ 

New Ray Davies album with The Jayhawks announced - out 6/29

Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release OUR COUNTRY: AMERICANA ACT II, the eagerly awaited new album from Ray Davies on Friday, June 29. This new studio album will be available on CD, 2LP vinyl and digital formats. 

Pre-order OUR COUNTRY: AMERICANA ACT II now at: https://RayDavies.lnk.to/americana-II

The continuing story of The Kinks co-founder’s journeys through America, as depicted in his 2013 memoir Americana and last year’s album of the same name, OUR COUNTRY: AMERICANA ACT II is an album borne from Davies’ vision of America – how it shaped him and evolved through the years. His reflections on his experiences in America instigate personal reformation, and eventually rediscovery and celebration of his own origins.

OUR COUNTRY, like its predecessor, was recorded at the legendary Konk Studios in London with guitarist Bill Shanley and The Jayhawks once again serving as Davies’ backing band plus a group of UK musicians. The album picks up several intriguing musical threads from Davies’ extraordinary songwriting catalog, from the opener “Our Country” – which is developed from a melodic theme heard in  AMERICANA’s title track – to reinterpretations of songs inspired by America and written for various projects over the years, including “Oklahoma USA” (first heard on The Kinks’ MUSWELL HILBILLIES), “The Real World” (from 2007’s acclaimed solo album, WORKING MAN’S CAFÉ) and “The Getaway” (from 2006’s OTHER PEOPLES LIVES).

OUR COUNTRY: AMERICANA ACT II was arranged and produced by Ray Davies; the album was co-produced by Guy Massey and John Jackson. All songs were written by Davies.

Davies is currently working on a theatre/film piece based on both AMERICANA and OUR COUNTRY.


RAY DAVIES NEWS: https://www.raydavies.info/

RAY DAVIES FACEBOOK: http://bit.ly/2I63Zcn

RAY DAVIES SPOTIFY: https://spoti.fi/2rgQuwh


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TRACKLISTING:

1. Our Country
2. The Invaders (spoken word)
3. Back In The Day
4. Oklahoma U.S.A.
5. Bringing Up Baby
6. The Getaway
7. The Take
8. We Will Get There
9. The Real World
10. A Street Called Hope
11. The Empty Room
12. Calling Home
13. Louisiana Sky
14. March Of The Zombies
15. The Big Weird
16. Tony And Bob
17. The Big Guy
18. Epilogue
19. Muswell Kills


The story of Our Country: Americana Act 2

Ray Davies - “Our Country” (audio)

Ray Davies - “The Big Guy” (audio)

New Johnny Cash album featuring The Jayhawks is out

The Jayhawks are honored to be part of a new Johnny Cash album that is out today, April 6. Johnny Cash: Forever Words, features 16 new songs based on previously unused poems, lyrics and letters written by Cash, including our contribution, “What Would I Dreamer Do?” We’re proud to share this honor with the likes of Rosanne Cash, Carlene Carter, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Elvis Costello, Brad Paisley, Chris Cornell and more. The album is co-produced by John Carter Cash.

To buy Johnny Cash: Forever Words go to: https://johnnycash.lnk.to/Foreverwords_Album

To hear more: https://johnnycash.lnk.to/FWPlaylist

More videos: http://bit.ly/2GFVelz


The Jayhawks - What Would I Dreamer Do?

Johnny Cash: Forever Words album trailer

JAYHAWKS PRESS CLIPPINGS 5

A collection of links and scans related to The Jayhawks: reviews, interviews, radio sessions, photos, videos, etc.

SEPTEMBER 2017 - PRESENT

DECEMBER 2016 - SEPTEMBER 2017 CLIPPINGS GO HERE
AUGUST - NOVEMBER 2016 CLIPPINGS GO HERE
JUNE - JULY 2016 CLIPPINGS GO HERE
DEC 2015 - MAY 2016 CLIPPINGS GO HERE


Last updated: 9/17/18
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VINTAGE GUITAR  - 9/16/18 (album review)

FNAC ESPANA - 9/12/18 (album review)

https://www.fnac.es/The-Jayhawks-Carreteras-secundarias/cp2322/w-4 (Spanish)

http://bit.ly/2Msrivd (English)

INK 19 - 9/12/18 (Gary Louris interview)

https://ink19.com/2018/09/magazine/features/a-chat-with-gary-louris-of-the-jayhawks

ENOLA - 9/10/18 (album review)

http://www.enola.be/muziek/albums/29698:the-jayhawks–back-roads-and-abandoned-motels (Dutch)

http://bit.ly/2N25Ylj (English)

CLAIR & OBSCUR - 9/3/18 (album review)

http://clairetobscur.fr/the-jayhawks-back-roads-and-abandoned-motels/ (French)

http://bit.ly/2NIVkfJ (English)

RUTA 66 - 8/28/18 (cover story)

ROLLING STONE (FRANCE) - 8/23/18 (album review)

https://www.rollingstone.fr/the-jayhawks-chronique/ (French)

http://bit.ly/2wcxEcJ (English)

MOBILE FIDELITY - 8/16/18 (album review)

https://www.mobilefidelity-magazin.de/the-jayhawks-back-roads-and-abandoned-motels (German)

http://bit.ly/2MukOQl (English)

MY KINGDOM FOR A MELODY - 8/13/18 (album review)

http://mykingdomforamelody.blogspot.com/2018/08/the-jayhawks-back-roads-and-abandoned.html (Spanish)

http://bit.ly/2Mjtbyr (English)

HOOKED ON MUSIC - 8/13/18 (album review)

http://www.hooked-on-music.de/CD-Reviews3/The_Jayhawks/Back_Roads_And_Abandoned_Motels.html?band_id=2939 (German)

http://bit.ly/2MrV3Rx (English)

EXILE SUBTERRANEAN HOMESICK - 8/10/19

http://www.exileshmagazine.com/2018/08/back-roads-and-abandoned-motels-jayhawks.html (Spanish)

http://bit.ly/2nVjt7x (English)

COME UN KILLER SOTTO IL SOLE - 8/9/18 (album review)

http://comeunkillersottoilsole.blogspot.com/2018/08/the-jayhawks-back-roads-and-abandoned.html (Italian)

http://bit.ly/2KRvrrK (English)

THE FIRE NOTE - 8/8/18 (album review)

https://thefirenote.com/2018/08/08/the-jayhawks-back-roads-and-abandoned-motels-album-review/

MONDO SONORO - 8/6/18 (interview)

https://www.mondosonoro.com/entrevistas/the-jayhawks-back-roads/ (Spanish)

http://bit.ly/2KvzPww (English)

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SOUND 36 - 8/6/18 (album review)

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DAGBLADET - 8/6/18 (album review)

https://www.dagbladet.no/kultur/tro-mot-det-klassiske-jayhawks-soundet/70066120 (Norwegian)

http://bit.ly/2OUqOjR (English)
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ONDA ROCK - 8/6/18 (album review)

http://www.ondarock.it/recensioni/2018-jayhawks-backroads.htm (Italian)
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http://bit.ly/2MaeEVy (English)

RADIO BREMEN - 8/5/18 (album review)

https://www.radiobremen.de/bremenzwei/musik/cd-tipps/the-jayhawks100.html (German)

http://bit.ly/2LQqnZX (English)

CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND - 8/3/18 (audio interview)

https://consequenceofsound.net/2018/08/americana-stalwarts-amanda-shires-gary-louris-and-israel-nash-kyle-meredith/

https://youtu.be/HThZ4wmgvAk?t=12m30s (Gary Louris segment)

LE DEVOIR - 8/2/18 (album review)

https://www.ledevoir.com/culture/musique/533726/back-roads-and-abandoned-motels-the-jayhawks (French)

http://bit.ly/2O9F9ru (English)

BLUES MAGAZINE NL - 8/2/18 (album review)

https://www.bluesmagazine.nl/recensie-the-jayhawks-back-roads-and-abandoned-motels/ (Dutch)

http://bit.ly/2LgYZ2d (English)

GOOD ART BAD WINE - 7/31/18 (album review / album of the month)

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GLIDE - 7/28/18 (album review)

https://glidemagazine.com/210111/the-jayhawks-alt-country-legacy-endures-with-magnificent-back-roads-and-abandoned-motels-album-review/

CHICAGO TRIBUNE - 7/28/18 (album review)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/music/sc-ent-jayhawks-album-review-0727-story.html

BLACK DOG & WALTZES - 7/28/18 (album review)

https://blackwaltzes.blogspot.com/2018/07/the-jayhawks-back-roads-and-abandoned.html (Italian)

(English)

BILLBOARD - 7/27/18 (Gary Louris interview)

https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/8467190/jayhawks-back-roads-abandoned-motel

AMERICANA UK - 7/27/18 (album review)

https://americana-uk.com/the-jayhawks-back-roads-and-abandoned-motels-legacy-recordings-2018
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ROOTS HIGHWAY - 7/27/18 (album review)

http://www.rootshighway.it/recensioni/2018/jayhawks.htm (Italian)

http://bit.ly/2vfWl6J (English)

DE VOLKSKRANT - 7/26/18 (album review)

https://www.volkskrant.nl/cultuur-media/een-jayhawks-album-dat-een-buitenbeentje-in-de-discografie-is-maar-wel-tot-de-mooiste-hoort-vier-sterren-~b7f3355d/ (Dutch)

DIGI NIGHTS - 7/26/18 (album review)

https://diginights.com//report/the-jayhawks-back-roads-and-abandoned-motels (German)

http://bit.ly/2NU4DsC (English)

GOLDMINE - 7/25/18 (September 2018 issue) (album review)

FOPP - 7/25/18 (album review)

https://www.fopp.com/the-jayhawks/

ROCK ‘N’ ROLL TRUTH - 7/25/18 (album review)

http://rockwrite.blogspot.com/2018/07/legendary-artists-celebrated-on-new.html

NO DEPRESSION - 7/25/18 (spotlight video)

http://nodepression.com/article/spotlight-video-jayhawks-%E2%80%93-backwards-women

RADIO 13 - 7/24/18 (album review)

https://www.radio13.co.nz/articles/the-jayhawks-back-roads-and-abandoned-motels/

COUNTRY STANDARD TIME - 7/23/18 (album review)

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POP MATTERS - 7/23/18 (album review)

https://www.popmatters.com/jayhawks-back-roads-abandoned-motels-2588513082.html

MXDWN - 7/22/18 (album review)

https://music.mxdwn.com/2018/07/22/reviews/the-jayhawks-back-roads-and-abandoned-motels/

JAYHAWKS FACEBOOK - 7/20/18 (photo gallery)

https://www.facebook.com/jayhawksofficial/posts/1978386825518642

THE ALTERNATE ROOT - 7/20/18 (album review

http://www.thealternateroot.com/reviewarchives/the-jayhawks-back-roads-and-abandoned-motels

POWDERFINGER SPEAKS - 7/20/18 (album review)

http://www.powderfingerspeaks.com/2018/07/the-jayhawks-back-roads-and-abandoned.html

ATLAS AND ANCHOR - 7/20/18 (album review)

http://www.atlasandtheanchor.com/2018/07/3-songs-on-repeat-extended-edition_20.html

TWANGVILLE - 7/20/18 (reader pick of the week)

http://twangville.com/29091/readers-pick-the-jayhawks-back-roads-and-abandoned-motels/

ROCK THE BEST MUSIC - 7/19/18 (album review)

https://rockthebestmusic.com/2018/07/the-jayhawks-back-roads-and-abandoned-motels.html (Spanish)

http://bit.ly/2L9GEc3 (English)

WFUV - 7/19/18 (radio session + Interview + photos)

http://www.wfuv.org/content/jayhawks-2018

MUSIKKNYHETER.NO - 7/19/18 (album review)

http://www.musikknyheter.no/anmeldelser/18442/The-Jayhawks-.html (Norwegian)

http://bit.ly/2JEtxdp (English)

EL GIRADISCOS - 7/19/18 (album review)

http://www.elgiradiscos.com/2018/07/the-jayhawks-back-roads-and-abandoned.html

http://bit.ly/2A2ovIi (English)

NO DEPRESSION - 7/18/18 (Artist of the month essay)

http://nodepression.com/article/view-jayhawks-outside

NEWS WHISTLE - 7/18/18 (album review)

http://newswhistle.com/album-reviews-the-jawhawks-cowboy-junkies-and-more/

BLOODY GOOD MUSIC - 7/18/18 (album review)

http://bloody-good-music.blogspot.com/2018/07/album-review-jayhawks-back-roads-and.html

SPILL ALBUM REVIEW - 7/18/18 (album review)

http://spillmagazine.com/spill-album-review-the-jayhawks-back-roads-and-abandoned-motels/

LEXINGTON HERALD LEADER - 7/17/18 (album review)

https://www.kentucky.com/entertainment/music-news-reviews/article215052025.html

EL PAIS - 7/17/18 (album review)

https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/07/17/actualidad/1531846437_276095.html?id_externo_rsoc=TW_CM (Spanish)

http://bit.ly/2NtOlqb (English)

THE CURRENT - 7/16/18 (radio session with audio interview + photos)

https://www.thecurrent.org/feature/2018/07/16/the-jayhawks-perform-in-the-current-studio

SOUNDS AND BOOKS - 7/16/18 (album review)

https://www.soundsandbooks.com/2018/07/16/the-jayhawks-back-roads-and-abandoned-motels-album-review/ (German)

http://bit.ly/2JyWJSV (English)

WFUV - 7/16/18 (album review)

http://www.wfuv.org/content/jayhawks-5

SONIC MAGAZINE - 7/15/18 (album review)

http://sonicmagazine.com/2018/07/15/the-jayhawks-back-roads-and-abandonded-motels/ (Swedish)

http://bit.ly/2L8anlS (English)

DE KRENTEN UIT DE POP - 7/15/18 (album review)

http://dekrentenuitdepop.blogspot.com/2018/07/the-jayhawks-back-roads-and-abandoned.html (Dutch)

http://bit.ly/2NrCxVo (English)

KMUW - 7/13/18 (interview)

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ALL MUSIC - 7/13/18 (album review)

https://www.allmusic.com/album/back-roads-and-abandoned-motels-mw0003179960

EVENING STANDARD - 7/13/18 (album review)

AFTONBLADET - 7/13/18 (album review)

https://www.aftonbladet.se/nojesbladet/musik/a/m64J9p/briljant-och-helande-melankoli (Swedish)

CITY PAGES - 7/13/18 (show preview)

http://www.citypages.com/music/the-weekends-8-best-concerts-july-13-15/488063391

METAL GLORY - 7/13/18 (album review)

https://www.metalglory.com/jayhawks-usa-roads-abandoned-motels/ (German)

http://bit.ly/2uQKKvv (English)

STAR TRIBUNE - 7/12/18 (interview)

http://www.startribune.com/minnesota-twang-rockers-the-jayhawks-are-having-fun-again-amid-late-career-bloom/488057161/

THE CURRENT - 7/12/18 (album review)

https://www.thecurrent.org/feature/2018/07/12/album-of-the-week-the-jayhawks-back-roads-and-abandoned-motels

PIONEER PRESS - 7/12/18 (album review)

https://www.twincities.com/2018/07/12/the-jayhawks-are-back-with-a-new-album-full-of-old-gary-louris-songs/

USA TODAY - 7/12/18 (Gary Louris playlist)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2018/07/11/playlist-jayhawks-gary-louris-shares-his-favorite-songs/776002002/

MUZIKEXPRESS - 7/12/18 (album review)

https://www.musikexpress.de/reviews/the-jayhawks-back-roads-and-abandoned-motels/ (German)

http://bit.ly/2LlKYoc (English)

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES - 7/11/18 (show preview/album review)

https://chicago.suntimes.com/entertainment/in-the-music-spotlight-the-jayhawks-2

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http://nodepression.com/album-review/flying-down-dark-back-roads

AMERICAN SONGWRITER - 7/10/18 (album review)

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http://americansongwriter.com/2018/07/jayhawks-back-roads-abandoned-motels/

WFPK - 7/10/18 (audio interview)

http://wfpk.org/2018/jayhawks-talk-back-roads-abandoned-motels-writing-dixie-chicks-future-golden-smog/

WGN - 7/10/18 (audio interview)

https://wgnradio.com/2018/07/10/gary-louris-of-the-jayhawks-its-really-cool-to-have-longevity-as-long-as-you-still-have-something-to-say/

NO DEPRESSION - 7/5/18 (interview)

http://nodepression.com/article/blowing-embers-jayhawks-gary-louris-co-writing

CHICAGO READER - 7/5/18 (album review/show preview)

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WFPK - 7/1/18 (album of the month)

http://wfpk.org/2018/album-month-jayhawks-back-roads-abandonded-motels/

KUMD - 6/29/18 (audio interview)

http://kumd.org/post/interview-gary-louris-jayhawks#stream/0

USA TODAY - 6/27/18 (Ray Davies quote)

WDHA ALL MIXED UP - 6/24/18 (audio interview)

https://wdhafm.com/2018/06/24/gary-louris-mixed/

RELIX - 6/22/18 (song premiere / album preview)

https://www.relix.com/blogs/detail/song_premiere_the_jayhawks_backwards_women

ROLLING STONE - 5/22/18 (song premiere/album announce)

https://www.rollingstone.com/country/news/hear-the-jayhawks-revisit-dixie-chicks-everybody-knows-w520606

AMERICANA UK - 5/22/18 (album announce)

https://americana-uk.com/the-jayhawks-announce-new-album-due-july-listen

GLIDE - 5/22/18 (album announce)

https://glidemagazine.com/206492/the-jayhawks-new-album-back-roads-and-abandoned-motels-available-friday-july-13/

AMERICAN SONGWRITER - 5/22/18 (album announce)

http://americansongwriter.com/2018/05/jayhawks-reveal-plans-new-album-backroads-abandoned-motels/

PITCHFORK - 5/16/18 (interview about Tully)

https://pitchfork.com/thepitch/director-jason-reitman-interview-tully-juno-and-soundtracks-that-speak-to-growing-up/

LIVE MUSIC REVIEW - 4/19/18 (concert review)

https://livemusicdaily.com/2018/04/19/amplify-decatur-music-festival-proves-a-screaming-success-thanks-to-the-lone-bellow-the-jayhawks-amanda-shires-parker-millsap/

STAR TRIBUNE - 2/4/18 (concert review)

http://www.startribune.com/like-first-ave-on-nicollet-mall-minnesota-rockers-take-over-super-bowl-live/472575223/

LOCAL CURRENT BLOG - 2/4/18 (concert review + photo gallery)

https://blog.thecurrent.org/2018/02/all-star-local-rock-lineup-closes-out-final-snowy-night-of-super-bowl-live/


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The Jayhawks to appear on new Johnny Cash album

The Jayhawks are honored to be part of Johnny Cash: Forever Words, a project celebrating The Man in Black. This album features 16 new songs based on previously unused poems, lyrics and letters written by Cash that were collected in the Forever Words: The Unknown Poems book in 2016. These old words of Cash have been put to music by the likes of Rosanne Cash, Carlene Carter, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Elvis Costello, Brad Paisley, Chris Cornell, The Jayhawks and more. The album is co-produced by John Carter Cash.

Johnny Cash: Forever Words comes out on April 6. 
Pre-order here: https://JohnnyCash.lnk.to/Foreverwords_Album

Johnny Cash: Forever Words tracklist:

01 Kris Kristofferson & Willie Nelson – “Forever/I Still Miss Someone”
02 Ruston Kelly and Kacey Musgraves – “To June This Morning”
03 Brad Paisley – “Gold All Over The Ground”
04 Chris Cornell – “You Never Knew My Mind”
05 Alison Krauss And Union Station – “The Captain’s Daughter”
06 T. Bone Burnett – “Jellico Coal Man”
07 Rosanne Cash – “The Walking Wounded”
08 John Mellencamp – “Them Double Blues”
09 Jewel – “Body On Body”
10 Elvis Costello – “I’ll Still Love You”
11 Carlene Carter – “June’s Sundown”
12 Daily And Vincent – “He Bore It All”
13 I’m With Her – “Chinky Pin Hill”
14 Robert Glasper – “Goin’, Goin’, Gone” (Feat. Ro James & Anu Sun)
15 The Jayhawks – “What Would I Dreamer Do?”
16 Jamey Johnson – “Spirit Rider”



Album trailer

Chapter 1: The Artists (John Carter Cash)

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Kris Kristofferson & Willie Nelson - Forever / I Still Miss Someone

Super Bowl Live 2018

“Once in a lifetime” often is a tired cliche, but it definitely applies to our Super Bowl LIve concert on February 3. The stage was outdoors, on 8th & Nicollet Mall, right next to the old Dayton’s building, less than a mile from where Super Bowl 52 was played the next day. We were on a bill celebrating Minnesota music with our friends Bob Mould, The Suburbs and Soul Asylum, It was about 12 degrees on stage at show time with some light snow blowing around, and the temperatures were dropping rapidly. In other words, fairly typical Minnesota winter weather. But once the set started and the crowd responded, it was clear that this was going to be anything but typical; this was one of the most memorable shows in The Jayhawks long 33 year career. Thanks to Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis for curating this amazing display of Minnesota music. Special thanks to the Super Bowl Live staff and crew, who did incredible work under the most difficult and demanding of circumstances. Mega props to our crew, Paul and Larry, who did such a great job under battlefield conditions. And, most of all, thanks to all of the hardy people and dedicated fans who braved the conditions for this once in a lifetime event. Bold North, indeed. #skol

The Jayhawks with Super Bowl Live music curators Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis

VIDEOS

Norm Rogers 1956-2018

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Original Jayhawks drummer Norm Rogers passed away on February 19, 2018 in Sioux Falls, SD after a battle with cancer. He was 61.

After leaving the US Navy and before joining The Jayhawks, Norm was active in various local Minneapolis bands during the late 1970s and early 1980s, including The Neglecters, where he played with future Jayhawks bandmate Marc Perlman. In 1985, Norm joined forces with Mark Olson, Gary Louris and Perlman in The Jayhawks, forming the lineup that released the Jayhawks’ self-titled debut album in 1986 (aka “The Bunkhouse album”). Being a punk rocker at heart, Norm helped to “bring the rock” to the early Jayhawks, giving an extra kick and spark to their early country-rock sound. After leaving The Jayhawks in 1987, Norm was a charter member of The Cows, a seminal, anarchic noise-punk band that was about as stylistically different from The Jayhawks as one could possibly get. In recent decades, Norm pursued a variety of activities and was a long time manger at Brit’s Pub in downtown Minneapolis. During a memorable Jayhawks 3 night stand at First Avenue in Minneapolis in 2010 - not long after the band had reemerged from a hiatus of several years - Rogers joined his old bandmates on stage to play a few songs from The Bunkhouse album, marking the last time he would play with The Jayhawks.

Norm was a good man and an accomplished musician who was an integral part of the legendary 1980s Minnesota music scene. He will be sorely missed by all. RIP Norman B. Rogers.

Star Tribune obituary here 

Jim Walsh piece on Norm here

City Pages interview with Gary Louris & Marc Perlman here

The Jayhawks 1986 self-titled debut album (aka “The Bunkhouse album”).

Mark Olson, Norm Rogers, Marc Perlman, Gary Louris. Photo: Daniel Corrigan.

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Mark Olson, Gary Louris, Marc Perlman, Norm Rogers. Photo: Daniel Corrigan.

The Jayhawks in September 1985, playing an outdoor party in Eagan, MN.

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NYC debut at the Lone Star Cafe - April 16, 1987. Photo: Charlie Pine.

NYC debut at the Lone Star Cafe - April 16, 1987. Photo: Charlie Pine.

First east coast Tour. The Rat - Boston, MA - April 17, 1987. Photo: Charlie Pine.

The 1985 lineup reunited. First Avenue - June 21, 2010. Photo: Steve Cohen.

Norm behind the drums once again. First Avenue - June 21, 2010. Photo: Steve Cohen.

Golden Smog debut album to be reissued on deluxe vinyl

Run Out Groove Vinyl just announced that they are reissuing the classic Golden Smog debut album, Down By The Old Mainstream, in a limited, numbered, 180g 2LP edition on colored vinyl.

More details and to pre-order: http://runoutgroovevinyl.com/down-by-the-old-mainstream-2lp.html

IMPORTANT: Down By The Old Mainstream is available to order exclusively via the RUN OUT GROOVE website until 3/8/18 and will be limited and numbered based on total orders taken at the end of the pre-order period. After the pre-order closes, the only way to purchase a copy will be via participating music retailers while supplies last.

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Pre-order opens: 2/7/18
Pre-order closes: 3/8/18

• 2-LP, 180-gram, color vinyl pressed at Record Industry. Fans get the opportunity to vote on the colorway of the vinyl through our Facebook poll starting at 5pm EST Feb 7th through Feb 28th: http://bit.ly/2EuM6Cx
• Tip on gatefold aqueous gloss Stoughton jacket with printed inner sleeves
• Individually numbered and limited to one pressing.
• First repress since 2010, when it was first issued on vinyl
• A lost classic from the 1990s that includes Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, Dan Murphy of Soul Asylum & Gary Louris, Marc Perlman & Kraig Johnson of the Jayhawks.

Run Out Groove Vinyl website: www.runoutgroovevinyl.com

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Track Listing:
Side A
1. V
2. Ill Fated
3. Pecan Pie
4. Yesterday Cried
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1. Glad & Sorry
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3. He’s A Dick
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2. Nowhere Bound
3. Friend
Side D
1. She Don’t Have To See You
2. Red Headed Stepchild
3. Williamton Angel
4. Radio King

Biography:
Golden Smog is a Minneapolis-based, loosely connected inter-changeable group of musicians from notable bands comprising members of Wilco, Soul Asylum, The Replacements, The Jayhawks, Run Westy Run, Big Star and the Honeydogs. Since their inception in 1989, many members have come and gone, with the following musicians having appeared on all recordings: Kraig Johnson (Run Westy Run), Dan Murphy (Soul Asylum), Gary Louris (Jayhawks) and bassist Marc Perlman (Jayhawks). The group originally played in and around Minneapolis doing mainly cover song sets as a country-rock reaction to the punk and hardcore music that dominated the region. In 1995 they released their debut album, “Down By the Old Mainstream,” recorded at Pachyderm Recording Studio that was made up of mainly original material with a few covers. Drummer Chris Mars of the Replacements was gone by now and the line-up consisted of Johnson, Murphy, Louris, Perlman and two new members: Jeff Tweedy of Wilco and Honeydogs drummer Noah Levy. All members were credited under pseudonyms to avoid contractual issues with their other record companies.


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Golden Smog article from the St. Paul Pioneer Press

by Jim Walsh (January 1996)

It happened three days into Golden Smog’s five-day recording session for their debut album, “Down by the Old Mainstream,” last summer at Pachyderm studios in Cannon Falls.

Drummer Noah Levy of local roots-rockers the Honeydogs had already laid down his tracks, which left the five other players - Soul Asylum’s Danny Murphy, the Jayhawks’ Gary Louris and Marc Perlman, Run Westy Run’s Kraig Johnson and Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy - sitting in a circle, conducting an old-fashioned late-night jam.

A Smog mission statement emerged from that circle session in the form of “Radio King,” an off-the-cuff homage to musical heroes - both in and outside the Smog - sung by Tweedy: “Your music fills my car/ Your voice breaks every time/ I’m still wonderin’/ If I know who you are/ I hang on every line.”

“To me, that song is totally about being a music fan,” says Murphy. “And that’s kind of the vibe of the band. I’m obviously a big fan of all these guys’ work. It was pretty exciting to play with guys whose records you’d probably buy, even if you weren’t on it.”

The first incarnation of Golden Smog, which included former Replacements’ drummer Chris Mars, released an EP, “On Golden Smog,” in 1992. But as the players’ careers cranked up, Golden Smog (the moniker comes from a Mel Torme-inspired character on “The Flintstones”) was put on the back burner. In the summer of 1994, Murphy, who had been an admirer of Tweedy’s old band, Uncle Tupelo, contacted Tweedy to see if he wanted to collaborate. The two got together and wrote, and Murphy booked a show at the Uptown Bar, with the Smog billed as Circle the Drain.

For Tweedy, who had just experienced a stormy breakup with Uncle Tupelo, the gig was healing. “Doing that show really made me feel like I could play live again,” he admits.

The other members of Circle the Drain/Golden Smog also were at various crossroads when they entered the studio. The Jayhawks had just finished recording “Tomorrow the Green Grass” and were scheduled to tour Australia and Japan with Counting Crows. Soul Asylum was preparing to record “Let Your Dim Light Shine,” and Wilco had just finished “A.M.”

“We were all in our band modes,” says Perlman. “And when we got together, it was `Wow. This was meant to be.”’

In essence, Golden Smog served as a musical vacation from the players’ high-pressure careers. And when Johnson, who isn’t the primary songwriter in Run Westy Run, presented his friends with some of his original material, it was received with no-holds-barred enthusiasm. Suddenly, Golden Smog had evolved from a jokey cover band into a creative cocoon.

“Nobody would ever say, `Well, you should do this’ or `You should do that,”’ says Johnson, of the Smog’s creative process. “Everybody would just kind of go, `Hey! That’s a good idea, let’s try it.’ And sometimes when that happens, you think it’s great, and then the next day, you have a hard time listening to it. But that wasn’t the case. Even though it was recorded more than a year ago, I listen to it, and I don’t say, `I wish I would have done this or that.”’

“When you feel like you’re doing it for the pure joy of it, without any expectations, somehow things get easier,” says Louris. “It was a lot of work, but there wasn’t that cloud hanging over your head, saying, `This is your next record, and this is what your career’s based on, and this is your shot for this year.’ Because of that, it turned out much cooler.”

For Perlman, the experience provided a creative outlet, which he had explored on “Promises Broken,” the latest Soul Asylum single co-penned by him and Murphy.

“It’s so much easier to collaborate with your friends,” says Perlman. “It looked like a retreat in there: Everybody was just pairing off into corners, writing lyrics and stuff. It was just a really good vibe.”

“Everybody was just sitting in little circles, finishing stuff,” says Murphy of the session, which includes vocal cameos from Son Volt’s Jim Boquist and Soul Asylum’s Dave Pirner. “It was actually pretty fun. I don’t even think we knew we were making a record. We just thought we recording some stuff to see what would happen. But when we got the tapes back, I was pretty devastated.”

That can be attributed to the top-notch material, much of which was discarded by the musicians’ first-string bands, including Tweedy’s “Pecan Pie”; “Won’t Be Coming Home,” by Louris and his former Jayhawks partner, Mark Olson; Louris and Johnson’s “V,” about their mutual friend Victoria Norvelle; and Murphy’s “Ill-Fated.”

“`V’ is definitely a different lyrical direction than Olson usually likes to go,” says Louris. “And it might not have happened without the Smog, because everybody knew her, or had dated her or been friends with her. So everybody was into the song - because it was about Victoria, also.”

“I remember the first time I heard `Won’t Be Coming Home,’ the Jayhawks were opening for us in the mainroom,” says Murphy. “And I said, `Christ, what is that song, Gary?’ And he said, `Oh, it’s this thing I’m working on.’ I was just stunned. And it didn’t get used on their record, because someone said it sounded too much like R.E.M. or something. That’s completely ridiculous.”

For Murphy, whose songwriting in Soul Asylum usually takes a back seat to Pirner’s, Golden Smog functions as equal parts buddy club and essential artistic outlet.

“I decided awhile ago that the only thing more pathetic than a guy in a band is a frustrated guy in a band,” he says. “Columbia [Soul Asylum’s record label] has certain ideas for Soul Asylum, and it includes me to an extent. But if something doesn’t get used, I’m not real political. I’ll just say to the guys, `I think you’re missing the boat; I think this is a good song.’ And nine times out of 10, they’ll agree. But if I have something that I’ve finished, I prefer it to be on a record. So that’s what really motivated me to do the Smog.”

As for the future, the Smog will mount a two-week tour that visits First Avenue Feb. 29 and March 1, and ends up at the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas, in mid-March. Other than that, there are no concrete plans. Anything more would smack too much of - yikes! - a full-time band.

“It reminds us what it’s like to have fun making music, for the sheer enjoyment of it,” concludes Perlman. “Because we didn’t go into it with the idea of selling a bunch of records. If it sells, it sells. And if not, it’s still a great record, and we had a great time doing it. And I think we all needed to make a record like that.”

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