This is exciting news–Mark Olson has rejoined the Jayhawks.
The Jayhawks’ third album and major-label debut, 1992’s Hollywood Town Hall, is a five-star classic, and their 1995 follow-up, Tomorrow the Green Grass, is almost as good. After that album, Mark Olson left the band, taking both his excellent songwriting and voice that harmonized beautifully with partner Gary Louris away with him.
I haven’t bought a Jayhawks album since. I’ve heard some of their later songs on the radio–some I liked (Louris is no slouch as a songwriter, either), some I didn’t, but nothing inspired me to go plunk down some money. It just didn’t feel like the Jayhawks to me.
I will definitely be plunking down money for Ready for the Flood, which comes out in September.
Here’s “Waiting for the Sun,” the opening track on Hollywood Town Hall:
Update: Not exactly a Jayhawks reunion…see comments. Good enough for me, though.