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As a leading member of alt-country pioneers the Jayhawks, Gary Louris has become synonymous with the genre’s virtues and vices. His calm demeanor, his eloquent, understated observations, his use of Americana wanderlust symbolism (“Omaha Nights,” “Meandering,” "D.C. Blues”) all come backed with spare acoustic guitar, smooth, full-bodied organ, strokes of pedal steel and laid-back ‘70s-styled harmonies that owe as much to the Grateful Dead and Crosby, Stills and Nash as they do to actual country music. Louris has always been more pop craftsman than the Midwestern cowboy his image suggests. Black Crowes’ Chris Robinson oversees the production duties for Louris’ solo debut and his job mostly keeps the guests freely circulating (the Bangles’ Susanna Hoffs and Rilo Kiley’s Jenny Lewis are among the backing vocalists). A beautiful vocal delay haunts “Black Grass.” The sweet country gait of “She Only Calls Me On Sundays” recalls the aching loneliness of a Jimmy Webb tune. The tight ensemble choir of “We’ll Get By” evokes ‘70s AM country-soft-rock. Replace the 2008 copyright date and affix 1974 and few would argue the difference.

Customer Reviews

Should be famous!

It's a shame that the Jayhawks and Gary Louris were never as big or well known as they should be. One of the best bands around since their debut. Rainy Day Music was such a great album, I was wondering when we were going to hear from them again. Any Jayhawks fan will love this album. If you are not a fan, become this album!

Excellent post-Jayhawk Album

If you are here, you probably already know who Gary Louris is, so I'll spare you the history. Vagabond picks up where Rainy Day Music left off, only without the detours of the other band member's songs. This is a more complete, cohesive effort that displays Gary's unique ability to generate beautiful melancholy melodies, while creating unique musical textures. In short, it's a great album, and a unique effort.

The Vagabond Jayhawk

If you are a fan at all of the legendary groups like The Jayhawks, & Golden Smog then this is a must for your iPod. RIYL Jayhawks, Mark Olson, Ryan Adams, Vigilantes of Love. The Jayhawks headed down the road of recession when Mark Olson left and eventually they disbanded so the rumors go and now Gary Louris has embarked on a solo effort. There is not much publicity for many of American music's troubadors such as Bruce Cockburn or Mark Heard. Thankfully there are NPR shows such as World Cafe and labels such as Rykodisc to keep the bic lighters going for folks singers such as these. Enjoy.


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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Vagabonds (Bonus Track Version), Gary Louris
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: Oct 25, 2007

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