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Editors’ Notes

Along with fellow Midwesterners Uncle Tupelo, Minneapolis' Jayhawks heralded a resurgent interest in a music style that became known variously as Americana, insurgent country, and alt-country. The Jayhawks' magic resides in the sweetly incandescent harmonies of songwriters Mark Olson and Gary Louris, which elevate the band's sound above its lovely but basic song structures. Hollywood Town Hall features pretty, twangy songs that consistently deliver, especially on the lovely tunes "Waiting for the Sun," "Settled Down Like Rain," and "Take Me With You When You Go." Olson would leave the band after one more record, and while Louris stayed on after his departure to make three more Jayhawks albums, Hollywood Town Hall remains their musical pinnacle.

Customer Reviews

Jayhawks Best.

The flow of perfect harmonies and subtle feel good mix of rock, country and Minneapolis grunge, make this the groups best overall work.

Just amazing!

Almost sinful!

My *go to* CD

If I only had one CD to listen to ever again. this is the one. Start to finish, top to bottom, this is a great piece of American music.

Biography

Formed: 1985 in Minneapolis, MN

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Led by the gifted songwriting, impeccable playing, and honeyed harmonies of vocalists/guitarists Mark Olson and Gary Louris, the Jayhawks' shimmering blend of country, folk, and bar band rock made them one of the most widely acclaimed artists to emerge from the alternative country scene. The group sprang up in 1985 out of the fertile musical community of Minneapolis, Minnesota, where Olson had been playing standup bass in a rockabilly band called Stagger Lee. His desire to write and perform his own...
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