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Melodic Heights Revisited: The Jayhawks Live At The FTC

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The Jayhawks brought their breezy blend of sonorous Americana and harmonic roots rock to the Fairfield Theater Company the other night (1/20) and it was just about the greatest way to spend a Sunday evening I can imagine.

Led by Gary Louris, the Minnesota outfit has been busy recently, putting out two records in the last two years–2016’s Paging Mr. Proust and last year’s marvelous¬†Back Roads And Abandoned Motels. And with drummer Tim O’Reagan, keyboardist Karen Grotberg, bassist Marc Perlman and violinist John Jackson, their sound is as rich and textured as ever.

The band’s nearly 25-song set was filled with beloved numbers from their back catalog like “Blue” and “The Man Who Loved Life” as well as unexpected covers like a rousing take on The Dixie Chicks’ “Everybody Knows” and a scorchingly cool version of Chris Bell’s “I Am The Cosmos.”

Louris’ voice is a timeless instrument and he can still hit the euphoric hight notes with ease. Other highlights included the hook-laden “Tailspin” and the melodic “Waiting For The Sun” which was one of the standouts on the band’s fabulous Hollywood Town Hall record.

Set List:

  1. I’m Gonna Make You Love Me
  2. The Man Who Loved Life
  3. Lovers of the Sun
  4. Waiting for the Sun
  5. Tampa to Tulsa
  6. Everybody Knows
  7. Trouble
  8. I’d Run Away
  9. Smile
  10. Gonna Be a Darkness
  11. Quiet Corners & Empty Spaces
  12. Bottomless Cup
  13. Backwards Women
  14. Break In The Clouds
  15. All The Right Reasons
  16. Come Cryin’ To Me
  17. Tailspin
  18. Blue
  19. Settled Down Like Rain
  20. Angelyne
  21. Save It For A Rainy Day
  22. I Am The Cosmos
  23. Until You Came Along