The JAYHAWKS – ” Backwards Women “

Posted: June 27, 2018 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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On July 13th, Legacy Recordings, will release Back Roads and Abandoned Motels, the new record from The Jayhawks. This is their 10th studio album from the group, and it focuses on songs that bandleader Gary Louris previously wrote with other artists (along with two new Louris compositions). Recorded in two soulful sessions in 2017, Back Roads and Abandoned Motels finds the current incarnation of The Jayhawks–Louris (vocals, acoustic and electric guitars), Marc Perlman (bass), Tim O’Reagan (vocals, drums, percussion), Karen Grotberg (vocals, piano, keyboards), John Jackson (mandolin, violin, acoustic guitar)–expanding the group’s repertoire with 11 new performances of Gary’s songs.  Karen and Tim each sing lead on two songs on the album. Tim performs “Gonna Be a Darkness” and “Long Time Ago” while Karen takes lead vocals (for the first time on a Jayhawks album) on the opener, “Come Cryin’ to Me featuring a soulful horn section.

For more than three decades, The Jayhawks’ deeply melodic, harmony-rich blend of rock, folk and country have earned them consistent praise from fans and critics alike. Back Roads and Abandoned Motels expands the group’s repertoire with brand-new recordings of songs that frontman Gary Louris has co-written with other acts.

The tracks include “Come Cryin’ to Me” (originally released on Natalie Maines’ Mother); “Everybody Knows” and “Bitter End” (released on Dixie Chicks’ Taking The Long Way); “Gonna Be a Darkness” (recorded with Jakob Dylan for True Blood: Music From The HBO Original Series – Volume 3); “Need You Tonight” (originally released on Scott Thomas’ Matson Tweed); “El Dorado” (originally released on Carrie Rodriguez’ She Ain’t Me); “Bird Never Flies” (originally released on Ari Hest’s The Break-In); and “Long Time Ago” (written with Emerson Hart of Tonic).

Have a listen to latest track “Backwards Women,” which was written with The Wild Feathers but never released on one of that group’s albums. Louris says, “I love the swagger to this song. I met The Wild Feathers out in LA and we banged out two songs in an afternoon, one of which was American which ended up on their eponymous debut of 2013. I always loved the other song Backwards Women which ended up on our new record. The verses are a sort of Faces/Stones 70’s thing and it is fun as hell to sing. I hope the boys like it.”

The Band

  • Gary Louris – vocals, guitar
  • Marc Perlman – bass
  • Tim O’Reagan – vocals, drums
  • Karen Grotberg – vocals, keys
  • John Jackson – mandolin, violin, guitar
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