Beloved Twin Cities band The Jayhawks return to First Avenue for a two night run. Tickets are still available and can be found HERE.
Who here remembers those flannel clad, alt country, Americana boys from the local scene in the mid ’80’s? The Twin Cities was exploding with music. The Replacements, Soul Asylum, The Hoopsnakes and Prince were all tearing up the charts. Delivering loud, exhuberant and ground breaking sounds. Gary Louris and Mark Olson went another direction entirely and gathered to the band a bevy of dedicated fans.
The Jayhawks, then and now were built on a stunning harmonies built upon a simple, rootsy base. It wasn’t long before they broke big time. Ten studio albums later, the band continues to enjoy the unbridled respect of critics, music peers and fans. It’s ironic that in many ways The ‘Hawks outpaced them all. It’s a testament to the power of a well written song and beautiful melodies.
It’s no surprise that when The Super Bowl Committee wanted to feature a celebration of Minnesota Music on the Nicollet Mall, the Jayhawks were front and center. It’s worth noting that a number of TCM writers tabbed that night in the snow on their Top 5 lists of 2018.
That last album, Back Roads and Abandoned Hotels, was recorded in collaboration with Ed Ackerson at Flowers Studio in Minneapolis. It continues that Americana tradition and shows that the band is as vibrant today as at any time during their successful 30 plus year run.
Joining The Jayhawks on the first night of the stand will be break out star Chastity Brown along with Tuomo and Markus. Saturday’s show will feature Thomas Abban who was recently signed to a major label.
Some nights are about screaming guitars, sweat and pounding drums. Others about songs. Delivered beautifully and without artifice. If that’s what brings you joy, make sure to get to one of these shows.