It is taking longer than expected to fetch the next song to play. The music should be playing soon. If you get tired of waiting, you can try reloading your browser.

Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.

Please ensure you are using the latest Flash Player.

If you are unable or do not wish to upgrade your Flash Player,
please try a different browser.

Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.
Your Pandora Plus subscription will expire shortly.
More Info
No Thanks
Your Pandora Plus trial will expire shortly.
Your Pandora Plus trial subscription will expire shortly. Upgrade to continue unlimited, ad-free listening.
Upgrade Now
You've listened to hours of Pandora this month. Consider upgrading to Pandora Plus.
More Info
No Thanks
Hi . Pandora is using Facebook to personalize your experience. Learn MoreNo Thanks
 Upgrade  sign up   |   help   |  
Change Skin

Free personalized radio that
plays the music you love

Now Playing
Music Feed
My Profile
Create a Station
People who also like this

The Jayhawks

Led by the gifted songwriting, impeccable playing, and honeyed harmonies of vocalists/guitarists Mark Olson and Gary Louris, the Jayhawks' shimmering blend of country, folk, and bar band rock made them one of the most widely acclaimed artists to emerge from the alternative country scene. The group sprang up in 1985 out of the fertile musical community of Minneapolis, Minnesota, where Olson had been playing standup bass in a rockabilly band called Stagger Lee. His desire to write and perform his own country-folk material soon prompted him to begin a solo career, which he launched after enlisting Marc Perlman, the guitarist for a local band called the Neglecters, to become Olson's bassist. After the addition of drummer Norm Rogers, the group began booking shows, playing its first gig in front of a small crowd of less than a dozen people. One of those patrons, however, was Gary Louris, a veteran of the local bands Safety Last and Schnauzer. He and Olson began talking after the show; by the end of the evening, Louris -- who was famed locally for his innovative, pedal steel-like guitar sound -- had become a member of the group, which eventually adopted the name the Jayhawks.

Drawing on influences like Gram Parsons, the Louvin Brothers, Tim Hardin, and Nashville Skyline-era Bob Dylan, the Jayhawks quickly became a local favorite, honing their sound in Twin Cities clubs before releasing their eponymous debut in 1986. Issued in a pressing of just a few thousand copies, the album was well received by those who heard it; a major recording deal did not follow, however, so the bandmembers continued to polish their craft live, with more and more of their songs bearing writing credits belonging to both Olson and Louris. In October 1988, after a lineup change that saw the departure of Rogers (who joined the Cows) followed by the addition of drummer Thad Spencer, Louris was nearly killed in an auto accident, and the Jayhawks went on hiatus. At much the same time, however, executives at the Minneapolis independent label Twin/Tone decided to issue the demos the group had been stockpiling over the past few years, and after some overdubbing and remixing, Blue Earth appeared in 1989. Richer in sound and more complex in its themes and concerns, the record's release brought the group considerable attention, and also brought Louris back into the fold. After another drummer switch (Spencer for Ken Callahan), the band hit the road for a national tour.

The Jayhawks were signed to major label American Records after producer George Drakoulias heard Blue Earth playing in the background during a phone call to Twin/Tone's offices. With Drakoulias in the producer's seat, the band recorded its breakthrough album, Hollywood Town Hall, in 1991; a mainstay of critics' annual "best-of" lists, the album generated the alternative radio hits "Waiting for the Sun," "Take Me with You (When You Go)," and "Settled Down Like Rain." After a tour that saw the permanent addition of Minneapolis pianist Karen Grotberg, the individual bandmembers guested on albums from Counting Crows, Soul Asylum, Maria McKee, Joe Henry, and others. Before recording the fourth Jayhawks album, Callahan departed, and was replaced by session drummer Don Heffington. The resulting record, 1995's Tomorrow the Green Grass, is a beautiful collection of songs led off by the elegiac single "Blue," the recipient of significant airplay. A tour followed, but after some months on the road, Olson announced he was quitting the band.

In 1997, the Jayhawks -- now consisting of Louris, Perlman, Grotberg, and drummer Tim O'Reagan -- released the album Sound of Lies. Grotberg left the band in early 2000, and was replaced by ex-DAG keyboardist Jen Gunderman for the band's sixth album, Smile. A move to a new label (Lost Highway) in 2002 brought about more changes in the band's ever evolving lineup, leaving Louris, Perlman, and O'Reagan (assisted by newcomer Stephen McCarthy on guitar) to craft 2003's rootsier Rainy Day Music. After that, the band ceased operating under the moniker, though Olson and Louris toured together in 2005 and 2006 billed as "From the Jayhawks: An Evening with Mark Olson and Gary Louris, Together Again," eventually releasing an album together in 2009 called Ready for the Flood. That same year, the band released Music from the North Country: The Jayhawks Anthology, and a reissue of 1986's Bunkhouse Album appeared soon after.

During the summer of 2009, the Jayhawks reunited for two festival dates in Spain. The success of both shows encouraged the bandmates to bring the reunion back to America, where they holed up in several locations (Louris' apartment in Minneapolis, Olson's home in Joshua Tree, a cabin in northern Minnesota) to write new material. Most of those new songs made their way onto 2011's Mockingbird Time, the band's first release in nearly ten years. The Jayhawks toured extensively in support of the album, but tensions within the group once again led Mark Olson to bow out of the lineup. Louris continued on without him, and the group continued to play live dates in 2014 and 2015. One show from the tour, a January 2015 performance at the Belly Up Club in Solana Beach, California, received a digital release as Live at the Belly Up. Later that year, the Jayhawks -- Louris, Grotberg, Perlman, O'Reagan, and guitarist Kraig Johnson -- returned to the studio to work on an album. Peter Buck and Tucker Martine served as producers for the sessions, which were released in April 2016 as Paging Mr. Proust. Buck and his former R.E.M. bandmate Mike Mills both made guest appearances on the album, as did Scott McCaughey of the Young Fresh Fellows and the Minus 5. ~ Jason Ankeny
full bio

Selected Discography


Track List: Paging Mr. Proust

1. Quiet Corners & Empty Spaces

2. Lost The Summer

3. Lovers Of The Sun

4. Pretty Roses In Your Hair

5. Leaving The Monsters Behind

6. Isabel's Daughter

7. Ace

8. Devil Is In Her Eyes

9. Comeback Kids

10. The Dust Of Long-Dead Stars

11. Lies In Black & White

12. I'll Be Your Key


Track List: Mockingbird Time

Disc 1

1. Hide Your Colors

2. Closer To Your Side

3. Tiny Arrows

4. She Walks In So Many Ways

5. High Water Blues

6. Mockingbird Time

7. Stand Out In The Rain

8. Cinnamon Love

9. Guilder Anne

10. Black-Eyed Susan

11. Pouring Rain At Dawn

12. Hey Mr. Man

13. Touch The Stars

14. Darkest Hour

Disc 2

Track List: She Walks In So Many Ways (Single)

1. She Walks In So Many Ways


Track List: Music From The North Country: Anthology

Disc 1

1. Two Angels

2. Ain't No End

3. Waiting For The Sun

4. Martin's Song (B-Side Version)

5. Clouds

6. Settled Down Like Rain

7. Blue

8. I'd Run Away

9. Over My Shoulder

10. Miss Williams' Guitar

11. Trouble

12. Big Star

13. The Man Who Loved Life

14. Smile

15. I'm Gonna Make You Love Me

16. What Led Me To This Town

17. Tailspin

18. All The Right Reasons (Rotterdam) (Acoustic Version)

19. Save It For A Rainy Day

20. Angelyne

Disc 2

1. Falling Star

2. Old Woman From Red Clay

3. That's The Bag I'm In

4. Won't Be Coming Home (Demo)

5. Stone Cold Mess

6. Mission On 2nd (Demo)

7. Lights

8. Darling Today

9. Break My Mind

10. Get The Load Out

11. Poor Little Fish

12. Someone Will (Demo)

13. Cure For This

14. I Can Make It On My Own (Demo)

15. Rotterdam (Demo)

16. Follow Me (Demo)

17. In The Canyon

18. Tailspin (Early Version)

19. I Think I've Had Enough (Demo)

20. Help Me Forget (Demo)


Track List: Rainy Day Music

Disc 1

1. Stumbling Through The Dark

2. Tailspin

3. All The Right Reasons

4. Save It For A Rainy Day

5. The Eyes Of SarahJane

6. One Man's Problem

7. Don't Let The World Get In Your Way

8. Come To The River

9. Angelyne

10. Madman

11. You Look So Young

12. Tampa To Tulsa

13. Will I See You In Heaven

14. Stumbling Throught The Dark

Disc 2

1. Fools On Parade

2. Say Your Prayers

3. All The Right Reasons

4. Caught With A Smile On My Face

5. Tampa To Tulsa

6. Waiting For The Sun (live)


Track List: Smile

1. Smile

2. I'm Gonna Make You Love Me

3. What Led Me To This Town

4. Somewhere In Ohio

5. A Break In The Clouds

6. Queen Of The World

7. Life Floats By

8. Broken Harpoon

9. Pretty Thing

10. Mr. Wilson

11. (In My) Wildest Dreams

12. Better Days

13. Baby, Baby, Baby


Track List: Sound Of Lies (Expanded Edition)

1. The Man Who Loved Life

2. Think About It

3. Trouble

4. It's Up To You

5. Stick In The Mud

6. Big Star

7. Poor Little Fish

8. Sixteen Down

9. Haywire

10. Dying On The Vine

11. Bottomless Cup

12. Sound Of Lies

13. I Hear You Cry

14. Sleepyhead

15. Kirby's Tune (Studio Outtake)

16. It's Up To You (Alternate Version)

17. Sound Of Lies (Rough Mix)


Track List: Tomorrow The Green Grass

1. Blue

2. I'd Run Away

3. Miss Williams' Guitar

4. Two Hearts

5. Real Light

6. Over My Shoulder

7. Bad Time

8. See Him On The Street

9. Nothing Left To Borrow

10. Ann Jane

11. Pray For Me

12. Red's Song

13. Ten Little Kids


Track List: Hollywood Town Hall (Expanded Edition)

1. Waiting For The Sun

2. Crowded In The Wings

3. Clouds

4. Two Angels

5. Take Me With You (When You Go)

6. Sister Cry

7. Settled Down Like Rain

8. Wichita

9. Nevada, California

10. Martin's Song

11. Leave No Gold

12. Keith And Quentin

13. Up Above My Head

14. Warm River

15. Mother Trust You To Walk To The Store


Track List: Hollywood Town Hall

1. Waiting For The Sun

2. Crowded In The Wings

3. Clouds

4. Two Angels

5. Take Me With You

6. Sister Cry

7. Settled Down Like Rain

8. Wichita

9. Nevada, California

10. Martin's Song


Track List: Blue Earth

1. Two Angels

2. She's Not Alone Anymore

3. Will I Be Married

4. Dead End Angel

5. Commonplace Streets

6. Ain't No End

7. Five Cups Of Coffee

8. The Baltimore Sun

9. Red Firecracker

10. Sioux City

11. I'm Still Dreaming, Now I'm Yours

12. Martin's Song

13. Fingernail Moon

14. Two Minute Pop Song

15. Nightshade


Track List: The Jayhawks (A.K.A. The Bunkhouse Album)

1. Falling Star

2. Tried And True

3. Let The Critics Wonder

5. Behind Bars

6. Cherry Pie

7. The Liquor Store Came First

8. People In This Place On Every Side

9. Misery Tavern

10. (I'm Not In) Prison

11. King Of Kings

12. Good Long Time

13. Six Pack On The Dashboard


Report as inappropriate
swoon every time I hear them.
Report as inappropriate
Leave a comment…
Report as inappropriate
I've seen The Jayhawks live twice in the last 5 months and both shows were incredible.
Report as inappropriate
The Jayhawks practically invented indie rock with this album, well before Uncle Tupelo, another great act in this genre.
Report as inappropriate
My wife and I saw Gary at Club Passim in Cambridge a couple of years ago and I have to say it was one of our most memorable music experiences. Since then I have tried to learn every song I can on acoustic guitar (my teacher is now a fan) - mostly because Gary has not been back through town, alone that disrespect to the band intended, having enjoyed the Mockingbird Time appearance, and what is with this Ivan G. fellow posted below me here, in the words of Sid V. you can't play any...
Report as inappropriate
I heard them say in an interview that they aspired to Simon and Garfunkel. Come on! Have some real ambition.
Report as inappropriate
Great band. Smooth sound always. Homey
Report as inappropriate
bizzybodies2 8
Gary is really talented. I really wish he and Jeff could have made it work. Love them both.
Report as inappropriate
How did I not know about this group for so long? I only discovered them on here 2 or 3 years ago. I love Madman!
Report as inappropriate
Best alternative country / folk / Americana / roots rock band in the USA in the last 25 years. I've met and spoken with Gary Louris and Mark Olson many times. Great guys, especially Gary. Great band. Discovered them opening for the Black Crowes at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountainview , California the summer of 1992. Life changing. Even better than the main act. So many great albums over the years, such evolution of sound and songwriting, Golden Smog supergroup, solo projects by many bandmembers
Report as inappropriate
Why no Sound Of Lies on Pandora? Trouble is one of Louris's best tunes and his guitar solo is to die for.
Report as inappropriate
Report as inappropriate
So good !!
Report as inappropriate
I have followed this band, it's members and friends and all of the incarnation n s thereof since their inception and have been blessed with never-ending musical enjoyment as well as a love for the y'all-ternat i v e style. From my first solo performance through my first dance at my wedding, up till today I listen to the Jayhawks/Gol d e n Smog/Uncle Tupelo family music. I have also written, recorded, and released 3+ albums bearing the influences of these guys and gals. THANK YOU ALL!
Report as inappropriate
Why can I not find "caught with a smile"
On I tunes
Report as inappropriate
Those vocals-The meld factor at work.
Report as inappropriate
Fell in love with they Jayhawks in 1992!!! Had the opportunity to see Louris and olsen in 2009...... 17 years after the fact and still had tears at moments!!!! No better harmonies EVER!!!!!
Report as inappropriate
Ok I have worshipped the Hawks since the beginning and I am not feelin this album....
Report as inappropriate
Nice mix, but a total Major Tom rip off (to me, anyway..)
Report as inappropriate
Another great band from MPLS! Just further proof what a cool town it is, I missed out when I lived there cause I thought Americana was lame, andf they seemed like just another Cabooze Bar band. I had jto move to CA to appreciate them.
Report as inappropriate
reminds me of the gear daddies
Report as inappropriate
chellealmone y
Bob, the band is back together in case you haven't heard. I just saw them last Saturday for the first time. They were great. Putting a yet to be titled new album out this summer with the old lineup.
Report as inappropriate
Occasional reunions do occur. In-store @ Electric Fetus (a fine independent record store) this past year was supreme! Sweet music!
Report as inappropriate
Great Band... never realized the similiar vocal style to Marc Mulcahey and Miracle Legion
Report as inappropriate
Not sure when it was fixed but the bio was finally corrected. Now if we could only get the band back together.
Report as inappropriate
Wrong bio dopes.
Report as inappropriate
FFS proofreading and fact checking is an obligation. Please update the biography for the correct band.
Report as inappropriate
My favorite member is Carl Fisher (second tenor)
wtf.... change the bio...
Report as inappropriate
"...everyone was expendable and no one person's identity created the group itself"

Wow. I had never realized that The Jayhawks had their origins so long ago. I guess that I only knew the Minnesota incarnation of the 1990's and 2000's.

Okay, yeah, I'm joking.
Report as inappropriate
Try putting the correct bio in for the Jayhawks.
Report as inappropriate
Report as inappropriate
Report as inappropriate
Report as inappropriate
Report as inappropriate
Report as inappropriate
This bio couldn't be more wrong. Catch up.
Report as inappropriate
you folks have been hearing that this is the wrong bio for five months! change it!
Report as inappropriate
this is insane! please change the bio!!
Report as inappropriate
Clearly the wrong bio, and clearly reported by others.....I really like the song I just heard and would appreciate the correct bio so I can find out about THIS band, not the 50's band by the same name.
Report as inappropriate
Wrong bio! Get it right! The Jayhawks are being seriously disrespected here!
Report as inappropriate
One more time, incorrect bio....
Report as inappropriate
the bio here is wrong.
Report as inappropriate
I agree. This bio is for the wrong Jayhawks. Please update it with the actual bio of the minneapolis based Jayhawks. Here's a good start (copied right from Wikipedia) for you to use/modify "The Jayhawks are an American alternative country and rock band that emerged from the Twin Cities music scene during the mid 1980s. Their country rock sound was influential on many bands who played the Twin Cities circuit during the 80s and 90s like Uncle Tupelo, The Gear Daddies and The Honeydogs. They rele
Report as inappropriate
I'm reporting abuse. abuse of this bio! what a douche.
Report as inappropriate
Absolute jewel of a band. Excellent "Americana" music. These guys had a great run; very strong song writing chops, catchy as hell. Great live show too. Highly - highly recommended - God bless the Jayhawks!
Report as inappropriate
wrong Jayhawks
Report as inappropriate
You have posted the bio for the wrong Jayhawks!
Report as inappropriate
ok, I thought I had lost my mind reading this! Glad to know I'm not the one who's wrong.
Report as inappropriate
rockandrollf a r m e r
Uh, do some further research dudes! The MPLS. Jayhawks!
Report as inappropriate
Uhh, yeah. This one's pretty off-base. I had no idea the Jayhawks were the original Menudo.
Show more

Don't have a Pandora account? Sign up

We're sorry, but a browser plugin or firewall may be preventing Pandora from loading.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser.

Please check our Help page for more information.

It looks like your browser does not support modern SSL/TLS. Please upgrade your browser.

If you need help, please email:

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser
or install a newer version of Flash (v.10 or later).

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please install Adobe Flash (v.10 or later).

[97, 108, 95, 71, 81, 92, 116, 85, 93, 91, 92, 88, 122, 108, 113, 67, 66, 84, 92, 80, 100, 111, 114, 100, 74, 82, 107, 74, 109, 124, 94, 111, 95, 66, 99, 75, 120, 114, 93, 76, 90, 79, 108, 89, 102, 95, 71, 114, 116, 86, 115, 99, 87, 97, 126, 127, 118, 100, 67, 64, 116, 119, 91, 71, 107, 106, 89, 80, 126, 112, 90, 114, 69, 65, 84, 96, 116, 77, 82, 94, 98, 120, 78, 70, 102, 100, 100, 69, 125, 72, 108, 64, 69, 84, 82, 116, 119, 82, 91, 115, 123, 77, 118, 112, 94, 116, 124, 76, 65, 98, 88, 122, 122, 74, 89, 80, 112, 109, 109, 118, 123, 64, 84, 91, 125, 121, 84, 85, 103, 97, 80, 82, 109, 125, 87, 109, 121, 112, 104, 78, 122, 87, 92, 87, 87, 113, 99, 74, 77, 114, 95, 122, 121, 117, 87, 97, 116, 119, 82, 77, 106, 99, 70, 114, 87, 101, 83, 121, 72, 119, 94, 64, 74, 110, 101, 108, 79, 105, 110, 86, 78, 88, 74, 72, 93, 105, 107, 125, 80, 100, 121, 79, 105, 121, 103, 113, 79, 84, 94, 68, 97, 125, 123, 92, 107, 116, 71, 113, 116, 102, 103, 72, 70, 64, 118, 103, 112, 72, 97, 74, 110, 84, 74, 67, 119, 103, 93, 69, 88, 89, 93, 101, 104, 79, 69, 112, 99, 115, 127, 84, 82, 91, 114, 126, 94, 118, 77, 85, 88, 101, 87, 120, 98, 74, 96, 94, 78, 99, 100, 127, 109, 103, 77, 108, 127, 123, 103, 124, 86, 112, 69, 126, 93, 87, 86, 106, 120, 69, 99, 124, 93, 92, 121, 100, 75, 74, 120, 85, 85, 67, 70, 95, 87, 85, 92, 74, 77, 104, 102, 76, 88, 82, 120, 119, 107, 80, 125, 103, 102, 119, 70, 92, 99, 97, 66, 67, 116, 97, 105, 64, 110, 110, 125, 113, 109, 104, 75, 121, 80, 114, 70, 122, 67, 91, 64, 87, 76, 125, 93, 114, 91, 106, 93, 127, 118, 114, 126, 123, 96, 79, 88, 89, 77, 106, 75, 107, 102, 124, 68, 71, 74, 106, 101, 108, 83, 69, 71, 86, 120, 99, 105, 114, 67, 88, 91, 85, 68, 118, 84, 84, 79, 107, 92, 110, 94, 109, 114, 105, 90, 119, 125, 87, 113, 105, 73, 123, 76, 119, 106, 105, 97, 111, 114, 105, 84, 123, 126, 108, 108, 125, 78, 86, 115, 97, 103, 106, 102, 76, 97, 90, 70, 92, 78, 72, 70, 65, 90, 85, 90, 87, 126, 64, 75, 70, 78, 110, 116, 88, 89, 76, 124, 119, 103, 127, 97, 114, 82, 84, 67, 108, 65, 79, 74, 98, 77, 84, 97, 124, 97, 71, 70, 121, 83, 80, 81, 93, 112, 87, 110, 108, 123, 98, 125, 126, 95, 102, 112, 75, 119, 103, 92, 82, 126, 67, 108, 116, 102, 84, 103, 65, 96, 72, 95, 107, 75, 122, 117, 74, 73, 97, 113, 67, 81, 96, 122, 92, 76, 114, 90, 90, 108, 89]