Contest: Interview Gary Louris, Win the Jayhawks' Deluxe Editions of Sound of Lies, Smile, and Rainy Day Music

(Note: This contest is now closed.  Thanks for all your entries!)

The Jayhawks have long been one of the most beloved bands in the roots, alt-country, and Americana spectrum. Their early albums were some of the most influential in the form and, as they moved from a decidedly alt-country bent into the realms of cleaner rock and pop, they cemented their place among the definitive practitioners of the expansive arena of Americana music. 

This July 1, the folks at American Recordings/UME re-issued the Jayhawks' albums Sound of Lies (1997), Smile (2000), and Rainy Day Music (2003) in deluxe re-mastered packages, including new liners, bonus tracks, and expanded booklets. According to the press release, the band -- with its 1997 lineup of "Louris, Perlman, O'Reagan, Grotberg and Kraig Johnson -- that will tour in support of the reissues. Much of July and part of August will be spent on a mix of headlining and festival dates in Europe, followed by a fall tour of the U.S. and Canada... For a current list of shows go to"

To celebrate this momentous re-issue, we've teamed up with the fine folks at UME to give away a few copies via a community interview with Jayhawks frontman Gary Louris. 

To Enter: 

Scroll down this page and enter your comment/question in the comment space below, then click on the button that says "Add Comment." (Do not click on the "+Add" button at the top of the page, as that'll just create a completely separate blog post.) 

All comment/questions must be posted on this blog no later than 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Mon. July 14, 2014. We will post the answers -- and a list of winners -- as soon as we receive them from Gary Louris and the folks at UME. 

Questions posted as separate blog posts -- or via Facebook and Twitter -- will not be counted toward the contest.

Anyone can enter but the prize(s) must be shipped to a U.S. address. Good luck!

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Comment by Paul Cianciaruso on July 8, 2014 at 6:21am

Gary, Sound of Lies, Smile and Rainy Day Music were definitely departures from the earlier Jayhawks albums. What would you say was the dominant feelings during those albums, and did you emotionally revisit those feelings during the remastering process? Thanks!

Comment by Tommy Lagniappe on July 8, 2014 at 6:22am

I am not familiar with the Jayhawks music at all.

Comment by Alan Baily on July 8, 2014 at 6:30am

Love the harmonies, melodies and Gary's guitar.

Comment by Mikel Derby on July 8, 2014 at 6:35am

Saw the show in Des Moines, was fantastic - right up there with the shows at People's in Ames back in the day.  I am curious in that you are always continually refining your songs before they become the completed.  I understand "I'm going to make you love me" was a very different song/lyrics/sound when it started out.  What was the process that lead from original thought to final song?  Thanks!

Comment by Jimmy_66 on July 8, 2014 at 6:45am

Hi, Gary:  First, I'd like to say thanks so much for touring around these three albums.  They represent my favorite phase of the band.  I'm also a big fan of some of the musicians you've collaborated with over the years.  Can you tell us the process you go through to bring other musicians into The Jayhawks' recording process?  I'm thinking specifically of Bernie Leadon on "Tailspin" and Matthew Sweet, who appeared on Sound of Lies and Rainy Day Music.  Thanks, and hope to see you guys again in Atlanta!

Comment by Jeff Fister on July 8, 2014 at 6:51am

How would you describe the "Twin Cities" sound? With artists as diverse as Prince to the Replacements, is there a unifying theme to the music, or is it just united by a place?

Comment by Maria Wise on July 8, 2014 at 6:54am

Your early albums, espcially Sound of Lies, emmote such feelings of melancholy innocence yet the lyrics are quite a bit more jaded. How old were you when Sound of Lies was written and could you share some of your experience that gave you that hard reality at that age.

Comment by Jim Gross on July 8, 2014 at 7:00am

I've always loved this band's music, but felt for a while that it didn't rock as much as it could. But after having seen them live I now know they do, indeed, rocketh mightily.

Comment by Shawn on July 8, 2014 at 7:16am

Which band/musician influenced you the most in your younger days and which band/musician today has influence on you?

Comment by Pete Mancini on July 8, 2014 at 8:19am


Out of the three new reissues, what was your favorite one to record?  Any funny stories from those sessions?  Thanks for all the great music over the years, looking forward to whatever you're doing next.



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