The Jayhawks

Collective Concerts, Indie88, and Exclaim present

The Jayhawks

Johnny Irion

Sun, April 16, 2017

Doors: 7:30 pm

The Opera House

Toronto, ON

$34.50

This event is 19 and over

Advance tickets also available at Rotate This & Soundscapes 

The Jayhawks
The Jayhawks
The incredible harmonies and distinctive arrangements of The Jayhawks set them apart from the rest of the Minneapolis music scene that emerged in the 1980s. By the early 90's they became a driving force and inspiration behind the growing Americana movement. Combining the talents of singer-songwriters Gary Louris and Mark Olson, The Jayhawks released their major label debut, the acclaimed Hollywood Town Hall (1992) on the Def American label. This was followed by Tomorrow the Green Grass (1995), which produced the alternative radio hit single "Blue."

When Olson left to pursue a solo career, Louris singularly took over the songwriting role in The Jayhawks creating the band's enduring sound on some of their best selling and well-received albums including Smile (2000) and Rainy Day Music (2003). Louris continues to write and tour with the longtime core group of Marc Perlman, Karen Grotberg, and Tim O'Reagan. While the touring line-up has changed over the years and Olson briefly reappeared in 2010 to record and tour, this classic lineup maintains a commitment to adventure and forward motion in their shows and in their recordings. Their latest album, Paging Mr. Proust (2016), was produced in Portland with Peter Buck and Tucker Martine.
Johnny Irion
John Irion is a rocker in and out of time. There's something kind of timeless in the way he wrings out the sweetest melodies and deeper passions of both '60s Californian rock and Guthrie-era folk, and something so timely about the way he does it – there's a reason Bernie Sanders asked him to sing at a rally in his sometimes-home of Santa Barbara. Best known for his folk explorations with his wife Sarah Lee Guthrie, including their recent Wassaic Way produced by Jeff Tweedy, and his latest rock venture with US ELEVATOR, which Will Hermes of Rolling Stone Magazine praised for its "songs that are hand crafted as lovingly as the jeans on the back of After the Goldrush," Irion has earned a reputation as one of the most exciting artists across the folk-rock spectrum, from his uncannily Young-Nilsson-esque voice to his melodic and lyrical mettle. Iron has just wrapped up a solo record, Driving Friend, with members of Dawes, Wilco, Nicki Bluhm, and The Gramblers, due out this spring. He will be joining SON VOLT for their spring tour.

These recent years have been a long and exciting road for folk-rocker John Irion, who joins Son Volt on their spring tour with his springtime solo album Driving Friend --- and the ride just keeps getting better. Working members of Dawes, Wilco, Nicki Bluhm, and The Gramblers on his newest effort, Irion keeps good musical company, and looking back on his works, it's easy to see why. Best known for his folk explorations with his wife Sarah Lee Guthrie, including their recent Wassaic Way produced by Jeff Tweedy, and his latest rock venture with US ELEVATOR, which Will Hermes of Rolling Stone Magazine praised for its "songs that are hand crafted as lovingly as the jeans on the back of After the Goldrush," Irion continues to expand his musical range. With his uncannily Young-Nilsson-esque voice to his melodic and lyrical mettle, Irion is one of the most exciting artists across the folk-rock spectrum

"Songs that feel as lovingly hand-crafted as the jeans on the back of After the Gold Rush."
- By Will Hermes, Rolling Stone

"Irion's dreamy vocals and dazzling guitar work."
- John Sollenberger, Pasadena Weekly
Venue Information:
The Opera House
735 Queen Street East
Toronto, ON, M4M 1H1
http://www.theoperahousetoronto.com/