Over the last three decades, singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer Gary Louris has built a deeply compelling body of music whose artistry and integrity has won the loyalty of an international audience and the respect of both critics and his peers. Best known for his seminal work with The Jayhawks, Louris is one of the most acclaimed musicians to come out of Minnesota’s teaming rock scene.
Louris began his recording career with the Minneapolis rockabilly combo Safety Last in 1984 before launching the Jayhawks with Mark Olson in 1985. They rose from their indie roots to achieve widespread prominence and acclaim by the early 90s and they continued to expand their creative boundaries after Olson left the band in 1995 for a solo career. Over the course of two decades from 1985-2004 The Jayhawks released 7 albums, performed constantly and won the hearts and minds of fans and critics alike. Concurrent with his time in the Jayhawks, Louris was also a charter member of the part-time alt-rock supergroup Golden Smog, which at various times also included members of Soul Asylum, Wilco, the Replacements and Big Star.
Over the years Louris has also found time to lend his writing, performing and production talents to albums by acts as diverse as the Black Crowes, the Dixie Chicks, Counting Crows, Joe Henry, John Hiatt, Lucinda Williams, Roger McGuinn, Maria McKee, Nickel Creek, Carrie Rodriguez, Tift Merritt, the Sadies, The Wallflowers and many others.