As a follow-up and a continuation of my recent posts about The Jayhawks and Mark Olson’s solo disc here is the first song to preview off the February `08 Rykodisc release of Gary Louris’ solo debut Vagabonds. I could get all philosophical about the lyrical intent behind this song, or do the back story injustice by rehashing the history of the band, or I could compare this to classic Jayhawks’ stuff to prove what a big fan I am. But I have no intention of doing any of that. Instead I just want to say what a wonderful thing it is to have Gary Louris’ voice once again on disc (or file or mp3…whatever).
It’s obvious from the start of the first single, “True Blue”, that this will be the Gary Louris record fans have been hoping for, but it’s not until about one minute in, when Gary’s voice starts to hit those magnificent high notes, that it becomes clear how excited we should truly be. Gary likes things loose and you can hear that in this first song. He commented in the bio for Vagabonds that he likes the interplay among and between a group of musicians and doing a take mistakes and all. With the talented group he’s assembled I’m guessing there aren’t that many foibles. Gary has assembled a crack team on Vagabonds including a backing group called The Laurel Canyon Family Choir that consists of Jenny Lewis, Susanna Hoffs, and The Chapin Sisters (wrote about them here).
I know it may seem crazy/impossible but until there’s a proper US pre-order link available you could try to get your groove on by pre-ordering the 180 gram vinyl from Amazon UK. Or just wait it out `til there’s more info about the US pre-order. Here’s “True Blue”.
The song “Every Word” from the documentary Wordplay:
Gary Louris interview courtesy of “Corporate Country Sucks”: