Personalities | Jayhawks | Alt. Country & The Bluegrass Revival
(Vocal/instrumental group, 1985–present)
The Jayhawks grew out of the same Minneapolis scene that produced Hüsker Dü and The Replacements, but the rock band led by Gary Louris (vocals, guitar, b. 1959) and Mark Olson (vocals, guitar, b. 1961) turned in a folkier, more country direction in reaction to their neighbours. After two small-label albums and two big-label albums gave them a high profile in the alt.-country world and a low profile everywhere else, Olson left the band in 1995 to live in California with his wife, the noted alt.-country singer-songwriter Victoria Williams. Louris carried on with the Jayhawks, veering into Beatles/Beach Boys pop-rock before returning to alt.-country.
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