Live Virtual Session: The Jayhawks

The Jayhawks perform a very special Live Virtual Session for The Current. (MPR Video)

On the week of the release of their latest album, XOXO, the Jayhawks perform a very special Live Virtual Session. Between songs, frontman Gary Louris talks with host Bill DeVille about the new album.

In his review of the album, DeVille postulates that on XOXO, The Jayhawks sound more like a band than ever, with the mic getting passed around almost as often as it did back in the '60s and '70s when The Band made their classic albums. The Jayhawks' Gary Louris affirms DeVille's assessment. "The album evolved over time," Louris says. "I always wanted the band — especially Tim [O'Reagan] and Kate [Grotberg] — to sing more leads during a show. … The audience also wanted to hear more Tim and Karen."

Watch the complete interview, plus the special outdoor performances by the entire band, in the video player above.

Songs Performed

06:48 "Bitter Pill"
15:15 "Ruby"
26:23 "Dogtown Days"


Gary Louris - vocals, guitar
Karen Grotberg - vocals, keys
Marc Perlman - vocals, bass
Tim O'Reagan - vocals, drums, guitar

External Link

The Jayhawks - official site

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    The Jayhawks, 'XOXO' (Sham/Thirty Tigers)
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    The Jayhawks (Vivian Johnson)