Jessy Greene added to the lineup for 3 Minnesota Jayhawks shows

The Jayhawks are thrilled to announce that Jessy Greene will be playing with them at their 3 upcoming Minnesota shows in support of the recent reissues of the Sound of Lies, Smile and Rainy Day Music albums.

September 4 - Turf Club (special fan-curated setlist) SOLD OUT

September 5 - First Avenue

September 6 - First Avenue

This means that all 3 of these hometown shows will feature the full recording and touring lineup for the 1997 Sound of Lies album.

Tickets are still available for the First Avenue shows:

Minneapolis in-store performance at the Electric Fetus August 18

The Jayhawks will be playing a special in-store performance at the Electric Fetus on Sunday August 18 at 7pm. This is a private event but passes can be obtained by buying any of the new reissues on CD or by pre-ordering a vinyl copy of one of the reissues (vinyl release: Sept 30).

More details:

Vinyl release date for reissues delayed until September 30

Because of severe backlogs and an industry wide lack of production capacity, Universal has pushed back the release date for the vinyl reissues of Sound of Lies, Smile and Rainy Day Music to September 30. We’re obviously very disappointed but this situation is affecting many other summer releases on the UME schedule not just ours. The ever-increasing demand for vinyl products and the fact that all of the pressing plants are running at 100% capacity has made this an all too common scenario these days. The good news is that the vinyl reissues are being manufactured by Quality Record Pressings (QRP) who have the best reputation in the business right now. The test pressings sound amazing so it will be worth the wait to finally see all 3 of these albums widely available on vinyl for the first time. Thanks to everyone for their patience and continued support and we hope to see you on the road in the coming months.

The Jayhawks announce St. Paul Turf Club show September 4

The Jayhawks will be performing at the Turf Club in St. Paul on September 4. This will be the smallest room the band has played a full set in their hometown since the late 90s. A “special” evening is promised as a warm up to the shows in the First Ave. mainroom the following two nights. Pulling songs out of a hat, having the audience vote on the setlist in advance, playing an entire album in sequence…these are some of the ideas that are being kicked around. Tickets will be limited and go on sale Friday July 25 at noon CDT.


American Songwriter Review of the Jayhawks reissues
Des Moines setlist - June 20

June 20, 2014
The Jayhawks
Music Under the Canopy / Americana Music Festival
Brenton Skating Plaza – Des Moines, Iowa


01 – I’m Gonna Make You Love Me
02 – The Man Who Loved Life
03 – Think About It
04 – Trouble 
05 – One Man’s Problem
06 – Take Me With You (When You Go)
07 – Angelyne
08 – Bottomless Cup
09 – It’s Up to You
10 – Somewhere in Ohio
11 – Save It For a Rainy Day
12 – Dying On the Vine
13 – Haywire
14 – Blue
15 – Tampa to Tulsa
16 – Big Star
17 – A Break in the Clouds
18 – I’d Run Away
19 – Tailspin


20 – Waiting For the Sun
21 – If I Only Had a Car (Golden Smog)
22 – Baby, Baby, Baby


Gary Louris
Marc Perlman
Tim O’Reagan
Karen Grotberg
Kraig Johnson


The Jayhawks are returning to First Avenue! Two shows: Sept. 5 & 6, celebrating the music of Sound of Lies, Smile and Rainy Day Music. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday June 6 at noon CDT but there’s a special presale for fans on June 3 from 11am to 10pm CDT.

September 5
Tickets available here:
Password: sound

September 6
Tickets available here:
Password: sound

Limited presale tickets will be available.


The Jayhawks couldn’t be more excited to announce that the long-awaited reissues of Sound of Lies, Smile and Rainy Day Music will be released on July 1 on American Recordings/Universal. Expanded CD editions of all 3 albums will be available with bonus tracks, new photos and liner notes. All of the original tracks were remastered in April 2014 by renown mastering engineer Vic Anesini at Battery Studios in NYC using original analog sources whenever possible, offering a fresh new look at these classic albums. Deluxe 2LP vinyl editions of all 3 albums will be available on September 30. Smile was never released on vinyl (in the US) and Sound of Lies & Rainy Day Music were only originally released on vinyl in very limited quantities so this will be great news for vinyl fans. The new 2LP editions will released on 180g high quality vinyl and will contain the bonus tracks. Also out on September 30: the 2011 vinyl versions of Hollywood Town Hall and Tomorrow the Green Grass have been repressed and will be once again back in stock.

These reissues are the next phase in The Jayhawks’s massive, career-spanning archival project that began in 2009 with the Music From the North Country anthology. A vinyl repressing and the first CD release of the long out-of-print 1986 debut Jayhawks album (the so-called “Bunkhouse” album) followed in 2010, with deluxe reissues of the seminal Hollywood Town Hall and Tomorrow the Green Grass albums coming in 2011.

The basic 1997 touring lineup of Gary Louris, Marc Perlman, Tim O’Reagan, Karen Grotberg and Kraig Johnson will be hitting the road in 2014 to support these new reissues. Since virtually none of the songs from these 3 reissued albums have been performed in concert by The Jayhawks in over a decade, the setlists this year for will focus on Sound of Lies, Smile and Rainy Day Music, augmented by older Jayhawks songs, well-chosen covers and some rarities. A European tour has already been booked and select North American dates have been announced with many more to follow. 2014 will be an excellent year for Jayhawks fans.

Current tour schedule:

The Jayhawks 2014 Reissues

CD release: July 1
Vinyl release: September 30



1. The Man Who Loved Life 5:00
2. Think About It 5:37
3. Trouble 4:50
4. It’s Up To You 3:38
5. Stick In The Mud 3:34
6. Big Star 4:25
7. Poor Little Fish 3:56
8. Sixteen Down 5:23
9. Haywire 5:21
10. Dying On The Vine 5:52
11. Bottomless Cup 4:14
12. Sound Of Lies 3:56

Bonus Tracks

13. I Hear You Cry 3:48*
14. Sleepyhead 3:29*
15. Kirby’s Tune (studio outtake) 5:34**
16. It’s Up To You (alternate version) 3:46**
17. Sound of Lies (rough mix) 4:34**

* previously commercially unavailable in the U.S.
** previously unreleased

SMILE (2000)

1. Smile 3:49
2. I’m Gonna Make You Love Me 3:40
3. What Led Me To This Town 4:09
4. Somewhere In Ohio 3:39
5. A Break In The Clouds 4:00
6. Queen Of The World 2:35
7. Life Floats By 4:42
8. Broken Harpoon 3:31
9. Pretty Thing 4:18
10. Mr. Wilson 4:26
11. (In My) Wildest Dreams 4:30
12. Better Days 4:36
13. Baby, Baby, Baby 5:18

Bonus Tracks

14. Who Made You King (studio outtake) 5:41*
15. Gypsy In The Mood (studio outtake) 1:16*
16. A Part Of You (demo) 3:10**
17. Life’s Little Ups And Downs (live) 4:52**
18. Greta Garbo (demo) 3:46**
19. Five Cornered Blues (demo) 4:00** 

* previously commercially unavailable
** previously unreleased


1. Stumbling Through The Dark 2:21
2. Tailspin 3:13
3. All The Right Reasons 3:21
4. Save It For A Rainy Day 3:03
5. Eyes Of Sarahjane 3:44
6. One Man’s Problem 4:02
7. Don’t Let The World Get In Your Way 4:16
8. Come To The River 4:25
9. Angelyne 3:40
10. Madman 4:00
11. You Look So Young 3:58
12. Tampa To Tulsa 3:57
13. Will I See You In Heaven 3:37
14. Stumbling Through The Dark (Reprise) 2:09

Bonus Tracks

15. Tailspin (“Inbred” version) (demo) 4:12*
16. Waiting For Salvation (demo) 4:02*
17. The Book You Wrote (demo) 3:10*
18. False Eyelashes (Blue-Eyed Soul) (demo) 3:00*
19. Won’t Last Long (demo) 3:17*
20. In the Canyon (live) 3:57*

* previously unreleased




THE JAYHAWKS HITTING THE ROAD IN 2014They say that there is no going back. They say that you can never go home again. But The Jayhawks are sure the hell going to try. Most of the 1997 touring lineup - Karen Grotberg, Tim O’Reagan, Marc Perlman, Gary Louris, and Kraig Johnson - are thrilled to be diving back into the darkness of Sound Of Lies, the joyous pop of Smile, and the simple elegance of Rainy Day Music. The Jayhawks are currently booking shows for Summer and Fall 2014 in the US, Canada and Europe in support of the upcoming expanded reissues of those 3 classic albums. Come along for the ride.


They say that there is no going back. They say that you can never go home again. But The Jayhawks are sure the hell going to try. Most of the 1997 touring lineup - Karen Grotberg, Tim O’Reagan, Marc Perlman, Gary Louris, and Kraig Johnson - are thrilled to be diving back into the darkness of Sound Of Lies, the joyous pop of Smile, and the simple elegance of Rainy Day Music. The Jayhawks are currently booking shows for Summer and Fall 2014 in the US, Canada and Europe in support of the upcoming expanded reissues of those 3 classic albums. Come along for the ride.


Jayhawks Remastering Sessions

Some studio shots from the remastering sessions last week for the Sound of Lies, Smile and Rainy Day Music albums. Vic Anesini, one of the best remastering engineers in the business, worked with reissue co-producers John Jackson (Sony Legacy) and PD Larson (Jayhawks archivist) at Battery Studios in NYC to ensure that the upcoming reissues will be of the highest quality. Original pre-mastered analog sources were used whenever possible.

Reissues of Sound of Lies, Smile & Rainy Day Music slated for Summer 2014

The Jayhawks are extremely pleased to announce that reissues of Sound of Lies, Smile and Rainy Day Music are currently being prepared for a proposed summer 2014 release. These 3 albums will be released in deluxe packages featuring bonus tracks, fresh artwork and new liner notes. And good news for vinyl fans: there will be high quality 2 LP releases for each title to ensure maximum fidelity. This will also be the first time Smile will be available on vinyl domestically (original vinyl copies of Sound of Lies and Rainy Day Music are hard to find and expensive). This is the next phase of the Jayhawks reissue project that began in 2009 with the release of the Music From the North Country anthology and continued with the subsequent reissues of the Hollywood Town Hall and Tomorrow the Green Grass albums in 2011. These reissues will offer a fresh look at 3 classic Jayhawks albums originally released between 1997 and 2003. Stay tuned for more details and exciting news.


Jayhawks at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival - Mojo Magazine

Jayhawks at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival - Mojo Magazine

Notes from the road

New YorkHey All - Finally made it to NYC to play the beautiful Beacon Theater for a sold-out show with Rosanne Cash. It’s been a grand and glorious couple weeks so far. 

Started in at the River Rocks Festival along the waterfront in Coolidge Park in Chattanooga, TN. Took the bus to the pastoral Ohio U campus in Athens, OH for an enjoyable Mountain Stage taping with some fine musicians including Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady’s Hot Tuna. 

Gary, Marc and Tim spent a day off golfing. Gary lost the most balls but somehow beat Marc and Tim. 

Hopped the bus for an exhausting 12 mile jaunt to tiny Nelsonville, OH at the historic Stuart’s Opera House where we met up with Rayland Baxter, our opening act for a week or so, and his buddy Austin from Apple Valley. Rayland is the son of the great pedal steel/multi-instrumentalist Bucky Baxter and is hauling Bucky’s Fender amp around in a massive Pelican case. Rayland can play the shit out of it. And he likes his red Chuck Taylors. Great show, although we were constantly worried about a ghost haunting the dressing room. 

Bloomington, IN

Next we rocked the Bluebird Nightclub in Bloomington, IN. Great show, great fans. Threw a few back with some of the cats from the Chris Robinson Band after the show. We’re already road burnt. Well, not Gary, cause he’s a ROAD DAWG!! Eventually we made it across the street and fell asleep on the bus watching “Blues, Rags and Hollers”, a great doc on Koerner, Ray and Glover.

Woke up in Nashville, walked into the hotel to the sounds of loud horns and hundreds of Americana musicians and record execs roaming the lobby. In town for the Americana Music Awards held annually at the old Ryman. Amazing place, lots of exhibits of famous guitars and Nudie suits - damn, that Porter Waggoner was a big dude!  Award show was fun - Lucinda Williams, Avett Brothers. and Amos Lee among the performers. Gary and Mark presented the Avett Brothers with Album of the Year. Boys read their lines to perfection! Afterward, we played a true rock show at Louisville, KYThe Cannery with the great Carrie Rodriguez.   Back on the bus and… suddenly woke up in… Louisville, KY to play a show at the beautiful old but new Brown Theater. Spent a couple hours in the historic Brown Hotel around the corner. Marc found a nice YMCA a few blocks away. Karen went for some long walks. Another fantastic crowd, great sounding theater. Every show seems to sound better than one before. Wanted to hang around but the bus called. Ann Arbor beckoned.

On to another beautiful venue, the Michigan Theater on campus. Followed sound guy/tour manager Ryan to his favorite coffee shop in town. Ryan knows sound systems. Ryan knows resonator guitars. Ryan knows every great coffee shop in every town a band might play. Another fantastic crowd - we’re getting spoiled for sure. For the most part we’ve all been good about going out and hanging with the fans, who have all been a joy. Had a few drinks with The Wrenfields cats and somehow found the bus and fell asleep.

Mr. Smalls Theater is in Millvale, PA., about 10 miles north of Pittsburgh. The folks at Mr. Smalls treated us like royalty and we loved seeing a packed crowd invading this quiet town. Rayland wore his red Chucks and red hunting coat again. With his signature hat, awesome man mustache, and fast-ass fingerpicking, his 7’ 5” frame is quite an imposing stage presence.

Made it up to Wilmington, DE for another set with our long time friends at WXPN and World Cafe Live at the Queen Theater. These guys have been so important to us, when they call we come running and jumping.

Love HurtsNext, another hoppin’ gig at the newly renovated and improved Paradise Rock Club in Boston, MA. After the show we hung with the Rounder folks - overseen by the Elliot Colbert - Chairman of the Board of Redlight Management - and Elliot’s assistant Kevin “Bulldog” Morris. These guys are too damn good to us. And they put up with way too much of our shit to be that good to us. Oh, and thanks to Chris Nese for the tasty Pumpkin Bread!!

Nice day off in Baltimore where Ryan and the magnificent guitar tech Kelly Mac could finally be rid of us and spend some time with family and friends. Harbor area in Baltimore is always a good time. The show at Rams Head Live was another true rock show. The gang at Rams Head took great care of us, despite our inability to agree on how to fold the t-shirts for the merch table. A lot of folks don’t realize how much difference it makes for a band on the road when the venue goes out of its way to make us comfortable - and we’ve been more than lucky this whole tour with great house production and backstage folks. And that’s no bull. 

59th Street BridgeWe’re all hanging at the Beacon chilling in one of the 43 dressing rooms and staying out of the union guys’ ways. We can hear Rosanne sound checking “7 Year Ache” and since Gary’s not here we’re guessing he’s made his way onstage with her. The rest of us are watching docs on Alice Cooper Band and Big Brother and the Holding Company or partaking in the best catering of the tour. Mark O. is especially excited to see POM on the rider for once. Looking forward to this gig, lots of friends coming and from the look of the guest list maybe even a few enemies.

We’ll get back to you soon with more reports. On a side note, Tommy Stevens - per Gary’s request - is on the road with us. We’re not thrilled about the extra weight but Tommy doesn’t really get in the way, only pops up when Gary needs him. Gary promised that Tommy at some point will write the tour diary he’s been bragging on (some of you may remember Tommy’s last tour diary). Between that and his ill-fated Golden Smog doc Gary and he hadn’t spoken for years. So we’ll wait and see on that one.

Best of love from Gary, Mark, Karen, Tim and Marc - and Ryan and Kelly. Oh, and look for Kelly’s short live clips in the near future!!

Letterman taping went great! 

Be sure to tune in tonight (Friday 9/23 on CBS) Consult your local listings.

Thank You Dave!