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The Jayhawks

At the core of The Jayhawks acclaimed alt-country is the paired talent of Gary Louris and Mark Olsen. These guys seem to have it all--impeccable guitar lines, smooth harmonies, and songwriting capabilities that could rival just about any musician (or group of musicians) around.

Formed in Minneapolis in 1985, the Jayhawks perfected their bar band style with years of on stage performances. Drawing inspiration from influences like Gram Parsons, the Louvin Brothers, Tim Hardin, and as always, Bob Dylan, the Jayhawks had soon attracted quite the following in Minnesota for their innovative yet retrospective sound. Adding a bass and percussion, the quartet released their eponymous debut in 1986. Quickly becoming a local favorite, the Jayhawks' hard Americana could be heard all over Twin Cities, and over time, all over America. They've made the top of many critics' lists for their raggedly beautiful country rock, as described by Rolling Stone.

After an unoffical hiatus, the Jayhawks are back with their first album in eight years: "Mockingbird Time," and playled WXPN-hosted Public Radio non-COMMvention in May at World Cafe Live at the Queen (

This new release also marks the return of Olson, who left the group in 1995. Released on September 20, "Mockingbird Time" charted at the highest point yet for The Jayhawks, earning praise for its driven focus, embodiment and interpretation of old time Americana, and deft musicianship.

Listen to their full set here.


Set List:
CINNAMON LOVE                          
TWO ANGELS                                    
TAKE ME WITH YOU                       

Recent Release: Mockingbird Time       
Release Date: September 20, 2011
Label: Rounder/UMGD
Band Origin: St. Paul, Minnesota