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Gary Louris
High Noon Saloon
Madison, WI
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Gary Louris
Long before rising to prominence as leader of the insurgent country group The Jayhawks (and the all-star collective Golden Smog), Gary Louris grew up in Toledo, OH, where he took piano lessons as a youngster. When he was 14, his mother gave him a classical guitar, suggesting he could bring the instrument to parties and become more popular. He started writing songs in college, but it wasnt until he had graduated that he purchased his first electric guitar. In the early 80s, Louris joined the group Safety Last. Vocalist/guitarist Mark Olson, who had been in a rockabilly band called Stagger Lee, and Marc Perlman from the Neglectors had formed the Jayhawks in Minneapolis by early 1985, playing their first show in front of a small crowd. Louris happened to be in the audience and, after hitting it off with his future songwriting partner Olson, joined the band. The Jayhawks released their debut album in 1986, pressing only a few thousand copies. The groups popularity grew and Olson and Louris started to work as a songwriting team. In 1988, Louris was injured in a nearly fatal automobile accident and the band went on hiatus. Meanwhile, in 1989, Twin/Tone Records released Blue Earth, a collection of overdubbed and remixed demos that became a critical success. Louris soon rejoined the rejuvenated band. The band was signed to American Records for their breakthrough album, 1991s Hollywood Town Hall, and scored an opening slot on tour with The Black Crowes. However, shortly after the next album, Tommorrow the Green Grass  which featured the successful single Blue  Olson left the band. With Louris at the helm, the Jayhawks released 1997s Sound of Lies and 2000s Smile. The albums represented a move away from the bands trademark country rock, experimenting with pop and different sonic landscapes. Although the Jayhawks took an extended (and possibly permanent) break in 2005, Louris continued experimenting with different genres, even writing material for theDixie Chicks Grammy-winning effort Taking the Long Way. He also launched a solo career, teaming up with co-producers Thom Monahan and Chris Robinson to fashion the sounds of 2008s Vagabonds. Meanwhile, he continued his membership in the all-star roots rock collective Golden Smog, having played with the band since the release of their debut EP in 1992.

Ben Kyle (of Romantica) will open at this show.



High Noon Saloon
701 E. Washington Ave.
Madison, WI 53703
United States



Minimum Age: 18
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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