Jayhawks Announce New Album, Tour

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On September 20, Rounder Records will release The Jayhawks’ Mockingbird Time, the first studio album from the alt-country forefathers to feature both Mark Olson and Gary Louris in over 15 years. The new LP was recorded last winter in Minneapolis at The Terrarium Recording Studios over the span of a single month. Louris, who co-wrote each track with Olson, serves as producer.

Says Louris:

“The difference from then and now is that Mark and I have both experienced different kinds of music and expanded our palates. So this record has moments of experimentation and a bit of worldliness. I like a well-crafted, in-and-out kind of song, but with Mark, the lyrics dictate the music, and he’ll go off into interesting, asymmetrical compositions. So it’s a nice balance. Certain things were meant to be—like peanut butter and jelly—and Mark and I just work well together. And having done a lot of co-writing during the last six or seven years, I’m more appreciative of the magic that we have together. That doesn’t come along very often for anybody.”

Check out the Mockingbird Time track listing and new tour dates below, and check out a special video preview from Rolling Stone:


1. Hide Your Colors
2. Closer to Your Side
3. Tiny Arrows
4. She Walks in So Many Ways
5. High Water Blues
6. Mockingbird Time
7. Stand out in the Rain
8. Cinnamon Love
9. Guilder Annie
10. Black Eyed Susan
11. Pouring Rain at Dawn
12. Hey Mr. Man


July 2            Chicago, IL            Taste of Chicago
July 3            Milwaukee, WI            Summerfest
July 6            Winnipeg, MB            Winnipeg Folk Festival
July 8            Minneapolis, MN            Basilica Block Party
July 10            Chicago, IL            DMB Caravan Chicago
July 16            Vancouver, BC            Vancouver Folk Festival
July 29            Sos del Rey Catolico, Spain            Luna Lunera Festival
July 30            Santander, Spain            Infest
July 31            Alicante, Spain            Auditorium
August 2            Birmingham, UK            HMV Institute
August 3            Glasgow, UK            ABC
August 4            Manchester, UK            Academy 2
August 5            London, UK            Forum
August 6            Heuveland, Belgium            Dranouter Festival
August 8            Amsterdam, Holland            Paradiso
August 9            Hengelo, Holland            Metropool
August 10            Copenhagen, Denmark            Amanger Bio
August 12            Oslo, Norway            Oya Festival
August 13            Gothenburg, Sweden            Way Out West
August 14 & 15            Helsinki, Finland            Tavastia
September 17            Mankato, MN            Riverfront Park

(additional dates to be announced)


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