I’ve really tried to be a little more positive about music in 2009, which is a little bit challenging when your cruising the Internet for news results in you running across one ridiculously hyped act after another. Still, there are moments when I’m reminded why I care so much, and reading about a Gary Louris/Mark Olson show at my beloved Club Congress in April was one of them.
Although my enthusiasm for alt-country has diminished rapidly since the beginning of the century, the output of the classic Louris/Olson lineup of the Jayhawks—especially 1995′s Tomorrow The Green Grass—is still some of my favorite music ever put to tape. The harmonies between the two are off-kilter and weird, but just perfect. I’ve liked what both singers have done since their time together in the Jayhawks came to an end, including their recent “reunion” album of sorts Ready for the Flood, but somehow I’ve managed to miss seeing either of them live, and certainly not together. Sure, the two have toured here and there playing Jayhawks music since 2006, but somehow not anywhere where I’ve actually been living, so the news that they were coming to Tucson was welcome. There are a ton of great shows coming to Tucson in the next few months (SXSW overflow, largely), but for me, April 13 can’t come soon enough.
“Waiting For The Sun”:
“I’d Run Away” (mysteriously with video clips from Manhattan?):
Louris/Olson – Ready For The Flood [MySpace]