Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Jayhawks First-Ever Anthology Hits Stores

Jayhawks fans began to rejoice in late 2008 when it was reported that founding members Mark Olson and Gary Louris had completed an album. The duo had rekindled their association on tour dates over the previous three years, and the album Ready For The Flood (produced by Chris Robinson) was released by New West in January 2009. In support, Olson and Louris set out on a new round of cross-country tour dates, including SXSW in March.

The good news just keeps coming with the announcement of a Jayhawks reunion with bassist Marc Perlman (plus drummer/­vocalist Tim O'Reagan, and Karen Grotberg on keyboards and vocals) - the first time they have performed together in the US since 1995. The band has been booked for shows in Europe during the spring and summer 2009 (including Barcelona's Primavera Sound Festival, May 30th). Topping the schedule will be a homecoming reunion gig at the Basilica Block Party outdoor festival in Minneapolis on Friday, July 10th.

The historic Twin Cities reunion show will serve as the official launch party for Music From The North Country: The Jayhawks Anthology, which will be available July 7th at all physical and digital retail outlets through American/ Legacy, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. The vocal harmonies of Mark Olson and Gary Louris, the shimmering and intuitive layers of guitars, and above all the consummate songwriting bears witness to one of the most incandescent bands in the American country-rock tradition - be it labeled "alt country," "Americana," "No Depression" or any comparable genre.

Under the guidance of Gary Louris, the first compilation ever released on the Jayhawks is a career-spanning assemblage of 20 signature singles and album tracks - from their 1989 debut album on Minneapolis-based Twin/Tone Records, Blue Earth, through all five of their albums on the American Recordings label: the breakthrough Hollywood Town Hall (1992), Tomorrow The Green Grass (1995), Sound Of Lies (1997), Smile (2000), and Rainy Day Music (2003).

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