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Rainy Day Music (2014 Reissue)
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  • The Jayhawks: Gary Louris (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, harmonica); Tim O'Reagan (vocals, acoustic guitar, drums, congas, percussion); Stephen McCarthy (vocals, pedal & lap steel, banjo); Matthew Sweet (vocals); Ethan Johns (acoustic & electric guitars, dulcimer, piano, pump organ, harmonium, chamberlain, percussion, loops); Richard Causon (accordion, piano, Hammond B-3 organ, chamberlain, harmonium); Bernie Leadon (banjo).
  • Additional personnel: Chris Stills (vocals, percussion); Jakob Dylan (vocals).
  • Recorded at Sunset Sound Recording Studio, Los Angeles, California.
  • The Jayhawks: Gary Louris (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, harmonica); Tim O'Reagan (vocals, acoustic guitar, drums, congas, percussion); Stephen McCarthy (vocals, pedal & lap steel, banjo); Matthew Sweet (vocals); Ethan Johns (acoustic & electric guitars, dulcimer, piano, pump organ, harmonium, chamberlain, percussion, loops); Richard Causon (accordion, piano, Hammond B-3 organ, chamberlain, harmonium); Bernie Leadon (banjo).
  • Additional personnel: Chris Stills (vocals, percussion); Jakob Dylan (vocals).
  • Recorded at Sunset Sound Recording Studio, Los Angeles, California.
  • Personnel: Gary Louris (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, harmonica); Tim O'Reagan (vocals, acoustic guitar, drums, congas, percussion).
  • Audio Mixer: Ethan Johns.
  • Liner Note Author: David Wild.
  • Recording information: First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN (07/29/2001); Flowers Studio (07/29/2001); Sunset Sound Recording Studio, Los Angeles, CA (07/29/2001); The Jayhawks Rehearsal Space (07/29/2001); First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN (2001-2002); Flowers Studio (2001-2002); Sunset Sound Recording Studio, Los Angeles, CA (2001-2002); The Jayhawks Rehearsal Space (2001-2002).
  • Photographers: Martyn Atkins; Steve Cohen .
  • You never can tell what Americana/alt-country heroes the Jayhawks will do next. They started out with two voices in singer/songwriters Marc Olsen (sp?) and Gary Louris. After Olsen split, Louris spearheaded the band's most angular, least country album THE SOUND OF LIES, but RAINY DAY MUSIC turns the tables yet again by presenting the softest, most acoustic, ballad-oriented side the band has ever shown. Things start out fairly perky with the sparkling, jangly folk-rock of "Stumbling Through the Dark" and the poppy "Tailspin," but after that the melodic acoustic guitars and golden harmony vocals recall nothing so much as vintage Crosby, Stills & Nash. This is obviously no accident, as "Madman," the most overtly CSN-like tune, features a guest appearance by none other than Steve Stills's son Chris. Louris's top-notch singing and winning way with a melody carry through the album brilliantly. If someone's going to represent '70s-style folk-rock in the 21st century, RAINY DAY MUSIC leaves little doubt about the guys to whom the task should fall.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "The Jayhawks returned to their early, easeful prettiness, imagining a better yesterday where CSNY got along and Gram Parsons lived to spend the Seventies filling America's station wagons with AM gold."

Rolling Stone (4/17/03, p.103) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...All lilting vocals and gentle acoustic fireworks....The Jayhawks' old-fashioned gift is that they can make being lost sound sort of nice..."

Rolling Stone (4/17/03, p.103) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...All lilting vocals and gentle acoustic fireworks....The Jayhawks' old-fashioned gift is that they can make being lost sound sort of nice..."

Spin (5/03, p.116) - "...RAINY DAYS MUSIC returns to the Byrds nest....Gary Louris' shaky/sweet vocals suit the album's rueful vibe..." - Grade: B

Spin (5/03, p.116) - "...RAINY DAYS MUSIC returns to the Byrds nest....Gary Louris' shaky/sweet vocals suit the album's rueful vibe..." - Grade: B

Entertainment Weekly (4/11/03, p.76) - "...Folk-rock laced with banjos, accordions, and pedal steel, MUSIC is the roots move one suspects fans have wanted for years, its classic rock flavor echoing the Byrds, CSNY, and Poco..." - Rating: B+

Entertainment Weekly (4/11/03, p.76) - "...Folk-rock laced with banjos, accordions, and pedal steel, MUSIC is the roots move one suspects fans have wanted for years, its classic rock flavor echoing the Byrds, CSNY, and Poco..." - Rating: B+

Uncut (5/03, p.102) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...It's all acoustic guitars, rich jangling melodies and heavenly harmonies....Gary Louis has come up with some of his most memorable compositions..."

Uncut (5/03, p.102) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...It's all acoustic guitars, rich jangling melodies and heavenly harmonies....Gary Louis has come up with some of his most memorable compositions..."

Magnet (4/03, p.94) - "...This album is buoyed by the best set of tunes since TOWN HALL; 'You Look So Young' and 'Angelyne' are as delicate and sweet as anything Louris and Co. have penned..."

CMJ (04/14/03, p.8) - "...Revisits familiar territory with aplomb and enthusiasm, while letting the music do all the talking..."

CMJ (04/14/03, p.8) - "...Revisits familiar territory with aplomb and enthusiasm, while letting the music do all the talking..."

Dirty Linen (06-07/03, p.83) - "...A low-key effort that features delicate harmonies, recalling California relatives such as Poco and the post-Gram Parsons Burrito Brothers..."

Dirty Linen (06-07/03, p.83) - "...A low-key effort that features delicate harmonies, recalling California relatives such as Poco and the post-Gram Parsons Burrito Brothers..."

Mojo (Publisher) (4/03, p.92) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Their new-found economy makes for some pretty lovely highpoints....Louris is unquestionably a virtuoso, playing his parts with a decorous restraint, and contributing cooing, affectingly human vocals..."

Mojo (Publisher) (4/03, p.92) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Their new-found economy makes for some pretty lovely highpoints....Louris is unquestionably a virtuoso, playing his parts with a decorous restraint, and contributing cooing, affectingly human vocals..."
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