The Jayhawks with Folk Uke
Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave, Covington, KY
18+, 7pm doors, 8pm show, Buy Tickets
Influential band The Jayhawks will perform at Madison Theater on November 1 in support of the their long-awaited new album Paging Mr. Proust (April 29, Thirty Tigers). The 12-song album finds the 2016 Jayhawks still remain one of America’s foremost rock bands: based around leader Gary Louris’ gift for melody that has made them such a respected and seminal group for almost three decades. NPR Music said “these rich, charming songs are a testament to songwriting voices that have never seemed worn down by time and turmoil.” Watch the band perform via NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concert HERE and check out the First Listen feature HERE.
Paging Mr. Proust shows a commitment to adventure and forward motion, which makes this collection of songs exciting and instantly memorable. The Boston Globe called it “a bright, challenging album” andPaste said “Paging Mr. Proust is as ambitious an album as the Jayhawks have ever made.” From the jangle of opener “Quiet Corners & Empty Spaces” (included in NPR World Cafe’s Heavy Rotation) to the trademark harmonies of “Isabel’s Daughter” to the more pensive “Lover Of The Sun”, it’s clear that The Jayhawks’ power remains undiminished from their initial national impact, 1992’s Hollywood Town Hall. Other tracks such as the sludgy rocker “Lost The Summer”, the kraut-rock groove of “Ace” and the taut minimalism of “Comeback Kids” (featured by both The Wall Street Journal and Entertainment Weekly) bring new sounds to the palette.
Paging Mr. Proust features the long-time core of The Jayhawks: Gary Louris (lead vox/guitars), Marc Perlman (bass), Tim O’Reagan (drums/vox), and Karen Grotberg (keyboards/vox). The album was co-produced by Louris, REM’s Peter Buck and Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, Modest Mouse, My Morning Jacket) and recorded at Martine’s Flora Recording & Playback in Portland, OR.