The American band The Jayhawks has been committed to folk-rock for almost 35 years. Their irresistible style consisted of folk, bluegrass, and roots once made the band pioneers of the Americana movement. When you are listening to the music of this band for the first time, you are immediately amazed. Originally, the Jayhawks are from Minneapolis, Minnesota. The sparkle of the beginning was made why one ordinary man who had nothing in common with music at that time, and the journey of the Jayhawks is still going and leading the members to the new discoveries.
The history of the band is quite colorful. Like many other famous bands before them, they were shaped by a duo at the top. Mark Olson and Gary Louris always had a little different vision towards what musical directions the band should go. While Olson wanted to go more towards the style of roots, Louris claimed that rock style would be a more prosperous way. However, the disputes between two musicians ended in 1995 when Mark Olson left the band to focus more on his family and wife Victoria Williams, as a result, Louris took over the leadership of the band. The new direction of the band did not convince all fans, but the new chapter was far from the ending at this point. In 2005, the two heads of The Jayhawks made a tour together. Six years later happened what no one would have expected: Mark Olson returned to the band, and together they recorded the new album called “Mockingbird Time”. But the joy has not lasted long. Olson turned his back to other members again, and since then they all have gone on their own ways.
The Best Record In Many Years
The group has published a new album dedicated to this summer. The new album called “XOXO” is called the best record of The Jayhawks since the mid-1990s. That is not only due to the harmony within the band, but also a good result of a new strategic direction. For the first time, they wrote all songs together, and you can notice it clearly. Never before has The Jayhawks sounded more like a conspiracy as they do it now. In the past, the entire responsibility was on the shoulders of the vocalist and guitarist Gary Louris, but now all members of the band share everything equally. The twelve songs are all different and harmonious. The Beatles, The Byrd,s and the Beach Boys sound like they were in their best days thanks to the great melodies of the old folk-rock.
The songs of the band members have become so good that Louris is already worried during the interviews. “Hopefully I haven’t opened Pandora’s box” he said as a joke when was asked about the possibility that nobody wants his songs in the future. Unfortunately, the band has never been as successful as Wilco or R.E.M., but their works are still loved and appreciated by their fans.