Three albums by The Jayhawks were reissued this year on vinyl: Sound of Lies (1997, one of the best from them, thank you very much), Smile (2000) and Rainy Day Music (2003). And to commemorate the occasion, the band – sans one of the founding members, Mark Olson – decided to reunite and assemble a tour, which pretty much guaranteed a setlist filled with fan favorites. Vocalist Gary Louris has made it quite clear that the band has no intention of recording any new songs, nor does Louris really have the desire to do so. Still, there are surely a few fans out there chomping at the bit for a new album, or one new track at the very least. Maybe…never say never? Wishful thinking?
Either way, make plans to see The Jayhawks tonight at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater, 801 Red River. Doors open at 7 p.m., Milwaukee-based rock artist Trapper Schoepp opens the show. NYC post-punk band Drowners will provide the afterparty on Stubb’s inside stage, following The Jayhawks around 10 p.m. It’s a good one tonight. Recommended.
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