The Jayhawks: Back Roads and Abandoned Motels

Back Roads and Abandoned Motels

The Jayhawks

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  • Release Date 13 July 2018
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Vinyl LP
Legacy Recordings

11 Track Collection Showcases Gary Louris' Compositions Co-Written with Dixie Chicks, Jakob Dylan, Emerson Hart (of Tonic), Ari Hest, Scott Thomas, Carrie Rodriguez and More.

Produced by Gary Louris, John Jackson and Ed Ackerson at Flowers Studio, Minneapolis, Back Roads and Abandoned Motels sets nine songs co-written by Louriswith other artists alongside two of Gary's latest compositions.

Recorded in two soulful sessions in 2017, Back Roads and Abandoned Motels finds the current incarnation of The Jayhawks--Louris(vocals, acoustic and electric guitars), Marc Perlman (bass), Tim O'Reagan(vocals, drums, percussion), Karen Grotberg(vocals, piano, keyboards), John Jackson (mandolin, violin, acoustic guitar)--expanding the group's repertoire with 11 new performances of Gary's songs. Karen and Tim each sing lead on two songs on the album. Tim performs "GonnaBe a Darkness" and "Long Time Ago" while Karen takes lead vocals (for the first time on a Jayhawks album) on the opener, "Come Cryin' to Me (featuring a soulful horn section arranged by David Ralicke) and on "El Dorado."

1 Come Cryin' To Me (Gary Louris, Natalie Maines, MartieMaguire, Emily Robison)  
2 Everybody Knows (Gary Louris, Natalie Maines, Emily Robison, MartieMaguire)  
3 GonnaBe A Darkness (JakobDylan, Gary Louris)  
4 Bitter End (Emily Robison, Natalie Maines, Gary Louris, MartieMaguire)  
5 Backwards Women (Gary Louris, Joel King, Taylor Burns, Ricky Young)  
6 Long Time Ago (Emerson Hart, Gary Louris)  
7 Need You Tonight (Scott Thomas, Gary Louris, Kristen Hall)  
8 El Dorado (Carrie Rodriguez, Gary Louris, Malcolm Burn, Sandra Jennifer (Sandrine) Daniels)  
9 Bird Never Flies (Ari Hest, Gary Louris)  
10 Carry You To Safety (Gary Louris)  
11 Leaving Detroit (Gary Louris)  

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