12:48pm

Tue April 8, 2003
WUTC Local

Free Lunch for the Week of April 7-13

Chattanooga, TN – The Jayhawks are turning heads with their new release on American/Lost Highway records titled Rainy Day Music.

On Tuesday, April 8th as part of our Free Lunch segment, we will feature a candid interview with Gary Louris, a founding member of the Jayhawks, and Rick Rubin, the producer of the album.

Thursday's Free Lunch will be the Rainy Day Music album in its entirety.

In the interview, music journalist David Wild and Louris discuss the formation of the Jayhawks in 1985 and we're offered insight into the musicality that originated the twin-cities Alt. Country scene. Also, Rubin describes what it was like to work with the band on their new album, Rainy Day Music.

We'll also hear several songs highlighting the career of the band such as: Waiting for the sun, Crowded in the wings, Blue, I'm Gonna Make you Love Me, and more.
With six albums to their credit, the Jayhawks epitomize longevity.

The band formed in Minneapolis, Mn in 1985 when Louris met Mark Olson, a local guitarist. The two began to write songs and signed with Rubin's Def Jam records in 1991 where they released the coveted Hollywood Town Hall.

The album was a pivotal turning point for the Jayhawks and Alt. Country.
The Jayhawks then released Tomorrow the Green Grass, a richly textured album filled with the beautiful harmonies of Louris and Olson.

But after touring to promote the album, Olson quit the band to be with his wife.
Louris carried on with two more Jayhawk albums, Sound of Lies (1997), and Smile (2000).

Both albums were greeted with mixed reviews with many of the complaints coming from the fans. The new Sans-Olson sound left fans with something to be desired.

They want us to go back the old days and want Mark (Olson) back, or they want me to play more electric guitar. They want things simpler, but not too simple, Louris told ArtVoice online.

However, the Jayhawks latest release Rainy Day Music is a step back to the Jayhawks sound of old, according to Louris.

It was more of a stripped down event three guys in the studio trying to cut as much of it as possible live, Louris told the ArtVoice online. We kept it basic; that was the mood we were in.

More information is available at losthighwayrecords.com