Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Jayhawks Announce Fall Tour Dates

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The Jayhawks "Sounds of Lies" lineup 1997: Karen Grotberg (keyboards), Tim O'Reagan (drums/vocals), Gary Louris (guitar/vocals), Marc Perlman (bass), and Kraig Johnson (guitar).
Alt-country/Americana band, The Jayhawks first emerged from the Minneapolis music scene in the mid-'80s with a powerful combination of strong roots/country-rock influence and power-pop melodies. Throughout the band’s history, the Jayhawks have been regarded as a major influence, as well as that of being one of the best bands of its generation.
 Following a successful run of deluxe cd reissues this summer, The Jayhawks will be reissuing their first five major label recordings on vinyl through American/UMe.  For the first time, 1992’S HOLLYWOOD TOWN HALL, 1995’s TOMORROW THE GREEN GRASS, 1997's Sound of Lies, 2000's SMILE and 2003's RAINY DAY MUSIC will all be available at the same time.  All five titles were pressed at QRP and have been remastered on 180  gram heavyweight vinyl.

Two of the band’s most well-known titles, HOLLYWOOD TOWN HALL, and Tomorrow the Green Grass are being reissued after being out of print for several years. 1992’s HOLLYWOOD TOWN HALL, the Jayhawks first major label release was originally a hit, powered by the single "Waiting for the Sun", and it introduced the Jayhawks to a much wider fanbase. 1995’s Tomorrow the Green Grass received positive reviews and birthed the single “Blue.” Entertainment Weekly gave the album an A- rating and wrote "This is everything a country- rock album should be.”

Sound of Lies, SMILE (released on vinyl for the first time in the U.S.) and RAINY DAY MUSIC will be released as deluxe, 2 LP vinyl editions to ensure maximum fidelity.  The deluxe vinyl reissues will include the bonus tracks featured on the recent CD reissues, new liner notes and expanded booklets. The three albums also chronicle the band's evolution into crunchier rock, purer pop and a sort of twangy, psychedelic vibe before coming full-circle with a spare country-rock sound.

The Jayhawks will be hitting the road in support of the reissues this October.  It will be the lineup from the band's 1997 shows -- Louris, Perlman, O'Reagan, Grotberg and Kraig Johnson on the tour. Confirmed dates follow; for a current list of shows go to

Oct. 11            House of Blues                                    Chicago, IL
Oct. 13            Stubb’s BBQ (outside)                        Austin, TX
Oct. 14            Granada Theater                                 Dallas, TX
Oct. 16            Harvest Music Festival                        Ozark, AR
Oct. 17            Ready Room                                       St. Louis, MO
Oct. 18            The Vogue                                          Indianapolis, IN
Oct. 19            The Orange Peel                                 Asheville, NC
Oct. 20            Variety Playhouse                               Atlanta, GA
Oct. 21            Neighborhood Theatre                        Charlotte, NC
Oct. 22            Cat’s Cradle                                        Carrboro, NC
Oct. 24            9:30 Club                                             Washington, D.C.
Oct. 25            Scottish Rite Auditorium                      Collingswood, NJ
Oct. 27            Somerville Theatre                              Somerville, MA
Oct. 28            Town Hall                                            New York, NY
Oct. 29            Tarrytown Music Hall                          Tarrytown, NY
Oct. 30            The Egg                                              Albany, NY
Jan. 15            Todos Santos Music Festival              Todos Santos, MX
Jan. 16            Todos Santos Music Festival              Todos Santos, MX
Jan. 17            Todos Santos Music Festival              Todos Santos, MX
I am VERY excited to see a New Jersey stop on their upcoming tour. 

And if you haven't picked up the remastered discs yet, you should do so! 

The Jayhawks rock!

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