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THE JAYHAWKS – XOXO

Label: Thirty Tigers/Sham
Release date: Friday, July 10th 2020
Available as: LP, CD & DL

Seminal Minneapolis band The Jayhawks’ new album XOXO features their most diverse and wide-ranging group of songs to date. It marks a new era in collaboration, with songwriting and lead vocal contributions from all four longtime band members – Gary Louris, Marc Perlman, Karen Grotberg and Tim O’Reagan.

XOXO is a testament to The Jayhawks’ unrelenting ability to evolve while remaining true to the authentic sound that has made them one of the most influential and respected bands today. Recorded over two weeks holed up together at the secluded Pachyderm Studios in Cannon Falls, MN, XOXO is an album fueled by chemistry and trust. The group’s camaraderie is at the heart and soul of these 12 songs, bringing an injection of confidence and energy to The Jayhawks’ signature harmonies, infectious melodies and masterful musicianship.

From Louris’ pointedly transportive “Homecoming” to Grotberg’s timelessly poetic “Ruby” to the the Pearlmen-led, folk-driven “Down To The Farm” and the trippy O’Reagan/Perlman co-write “Illuminate”, XOXO is the product of a group that is more inspired and more itself than ever before. “It was time to open things up,” explains Louris. “The Jayhawks are a true band, one where every-one’s an equal, and we wanted to make a record that really reflected that.” Elaborating on the process, Perlman says, “Some songs we molded together from scratch, but others had been fully written by one or the other of us. We didn’t worry too much about who penned what, because after all these years of playing together, everything we do just naturally comes out sounding like a Jayhawks song.”

TRACKLIST:
01 THIS FORGOTTEN TOWN (Perlman/Louris/O’Reagan)
02 DOGTOWN DAYS (O’Reagan)
03 LIVING IN A BUBBLE (Louris)
04 RUBY (Grotberg)
05 HOMECOMING (Louris)
06 SOCIETY PAGES (O’Reagan)
07 ILLUMINATE (Perlman/Louris/O’Reagan)
08 BITTER PILL (Louris/O’Reagan/Grotberg)
09 ACROSS MY FIELD (Grotberg)
10 LITTLE VICTORIES (Louris/O’Reagan)
11 DOWN TO THE FARM (Perlman)
12 LOOKING UP YOUR NUMBER (O’Reagan)

BONUS TRACKS (available on a CD included with the LP & also separately)

13 JEWEL OF THE TRIMBELLE (Grotberg)
14 THEN YOU WALKED AWAY (Louris)
15 HYPOCRITE’S LAMENT (Perlman/Louris)

Website The Jayhawks

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