Revamped Jayhawks Ready For The Road

With a rockin' new album, the Jayhawks have reinvented themselves.

When the Jayhawks hit the road on April 24 in Toronto,

just two days after the release of their new album, Sound of Lies, it

will represent a number of firsts for the rootsy band from Minneapolis.

It

will be the first time they've ever toured without founding member and

songwriter Mark Olson, who left the band near the end of 1995, and it will also

be the first time fans get a chance to hear what the new Jayhawks sound like.

And, judging from the more rocking, psychedelia-tinged tunes on the

12-song album, especially the epic-feeling, dark "Sixteen Down" and the power

poppy "Big Star," both of which the band played during their first live show as

a quartet at a very tight, upbeat set at this year's SXSW festival in Austin,

Texas last month, fans are in for some pleasant surprises.

The four-piece

band: Louris (vocals/guitar), Marc Perlman (bass), Tim O'Reagan (drums) and

Karen Grotberg (keyboards), will be joined on tour by second guitarist Kraig

Johnson (Run Westy Run), who also plays on the new record.

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