Smart bets: The Jayhawks

The Jayhawks worked with co-producer Peter Buck on their 2016 album, Paging Mr. Proust, in part because, “He agreed that the important thing was not perfection but vibe. So, that’s what we were going for,” says frontman Gary Louris. And that shared vision was realized. It’s not eye-widening guitar solos or glitzy rhythms that stick out on the album, but the poignant push-and-pull of optimistic melodies, conciliatory vocal harmonies and Louris’ emotionally weighty singing. Over the decades, the band has collected various lenses through which to present its subdued rock: folk simplicity, subtle twang and hazy psychedelia can all be found on this recent work. Folk Uke opens for The Jayhawks at The Grey Eagle on Wednesday, June 22, at 8 p.m. $25/$28. thegreyeagle.com. Photo courtesy of the band

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About Kat McReynolds
Kat studied entrepreneurship and music business at the University of Miami and earned her MBA at Appalachian State University. Follow me @katmAVL

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