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Editors’ Notes

It’s a matter of preference. Here are six songs from Gary Louris’ solo debut Vagabonds presented without any full-band flourishes, just Louris’ voice and acoustic guitar. The added intimacy either draws you into these well-sculpted tunes or, if you’re a band person, makes you miss the superb chemistry of his backing players. For those who enjoy hearing demos, skeletal arrangements and studying the writer’s process, Acoustic Vagabonds is a welcome addition to the catalog of one of alt-country’s most deserving stars. The former Jayhawk has been called upon by other singer-songwriters to help bring out their best and here on his lonesome, Louris is free to sing his songs with all the passion he can muster without worrying about bumping into a keyboard or screwing up the time signature. So the forlorn fate of “We’ll Get By” and “She Only Calls Me On Sundays” seem even more desperate or sad. His gentle picking frames the songs simply and point out that a small club evening with Mr. Louris would be just as satisfying as seeing him with a full band accompaniment.

Customer Reviews

Great music

This guy is great. Check out the Jayhawks, his other band. This is all acoustic and its good, but I like the studio version more. The studio version was produced by Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes, which is another reason to get it. Anything Gary Louris has played on is worth checking out.

kinda weird...

It's great to hear just Gary Louris and an acoustic but due to the fact that Gary tracked these songs with the band, you can still hear the drums on the recording. This would be a much cooler EP if these were not just the same recordings with the band muted or if there had been sufficient isolation between the acoustic guitar and band...


I love this compilation and Gary Louris also has a new CD with Mark Olson, original Jayhawk, that is just the two of them. Such harmony. Excellent.


Born: March 10, 1955 in Toledo, OH

Genre: Rock

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

Long before rising to prominence as leader of the insurgent country group the Jayhawks (and the all-star collective Golden Smog), Gary Louris grew up in Toledo, OH, where he took piano lessons as a youngster. When he was 14, his mother gave him a classical guitar, suggesting he could bring the instrument to parties and become more popular. He started writing songs in college, but it wasn't until he had graduated that he purchased his first electric guitar. In the early '80s, Louris joined the group...
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