Monday, August 1, 2011

The Jayhawks announce new album, Charlotte show

Revered Americana act the Jayhawks recently announced an upcoming new album, "Mockingbird Time," the first to feature co-founders Gary Louris and Mark Olson since 1995's "Tomorrow the Green Grass." The album is set for release September 20 with the band embarking on a national tour. It's currently touring Europe, but starts the American leg September 15 in Minnesota. The tour brings the Jayhawks to McGlohon Theatre October 29 following stops in Asheville and Durham, October 25 and 26, respectively.

The Jayhawks emerged from Minnesota's eclectic mid-`80's music scene - the same city that produced disparate artists like the Replacements, Prince, Soul Asylum, and Babes in Toyland. They enjoyed a successful run filled with critical acclaim and devoted fans even after Olson's abrupt departure in 1995. Louris and Olson remained estranged until a few years ago. Olson revealed in a 2008 interview with The Observer that they were working together again. They've since toured together (playing Evening Muse locally) and in 2009 released the "Ready for the Flood" album. With much of the Jayhawks' catalog having been reissued recently, another go with the band seemed inevitable.

Tickets for the McGlohon show go on sale Friday, August 5. Prices start at $25. North Carolina singer-songwriter Tift Merritt will open the show.

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