Two classic titles from pioneering alternative country band The Jayhawks have been expanded for reissue by Sony Legacy editions. Hollywood Town Hall (1992) and Tomorrow the Green Grass (1995). Both Legacy Editions will be available Jan 18, 2011 and will feature five previously unreleased bonus tracks. Tomorrow the Green Grass will also contain a second bonus disc: The Mystery Demos, which I believe are taken from a selection of demos made in 1992 that has been traded by fans for years. These releases were the famed Minneapolis band’s first two albums for Ric Rubin’s Def American label and their last to feature contributions from co-founder Mark Olson.
Rolling Stone reports that the classic Jayhawks Lineup of Gary Louris, Mark Olson, Marc Perlman, Tim O’Reagan and Karen Grotberg are currently recording together for the first time in 15 Years.
Also two classic titles from pioneering Texas singer/songwriter and Americana Music Award winner James McMurtry, son of acclaimed author Larry McMurtry (Lonesome Dove) will be reissued by Lightning Rod Records on February 1, 2011. Childish Things and Live in Aught-Three are two of McMurtry’s most popular albums,
2005’s Childish Things centerpiece song We Can’t Make It Here, was described by longtime fan novelist Stephen King as the “best American protest song since [Bob Dylan’s] Masters of War. Childish Things and We Can’t Make It Here won the Americana Music Awards for album and song of the year, respectively
McMurtry 2011 touring plans also include a co-headlining run with the Bottle Rockets.