All photos courtesy Julie

The Jayhawks Saturday April 5, 2003 Rosebud Pittsburgh, PA

w/ Tim Easton

 I'm Gonna Make You Love Me/One Man's Problem/Two Hearts/Crowded In The Wings/Tailspin/It's Up To You/A Break In The Clouds/I'd Run Away/The Man Who Loved Life/Settled Down Like Rain/Angelyne/Five Cups Of Coffee/Nothing Left To Borrow/Haywire/Jennifer Save Me/Save It For A Rainy Day/Blue Encore: Waiting For The Sun/All The Right Reasons/Smile/Until You Came Along*/Reason To Believe*

*-Tim Easton on mandolin

I was psyched to see The Jayhawks. The last time I "saw" them was opening for The Allman Brothers Band in 1995. I actually I heard them from the lot as I drank some less expensive beers. I buy tickets from TicketSatan and Gary Louris' heart starts giving him problems and they cancel. Bummer. The real bummer came when I returned my tickets and they didn't refund my "service charge". Un-fucking-believable! Talk about the Decline of Civilization. Anyway they reschedule from January 25 and put on a terrific show. Bonus is Tim Easton opens! Beats Cub Country who was scheduled to open before the cancellation.

Review From The Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Tuesday April 3, 2003

The Jayhawks

Gary Louris said last week that he misses his electric guitar on this tour. And we do, too, because there aren't many players as fluid as he is.

But the last time the Jayhawks played Rosebud, way back in '97, the sound guy cranked it as if it were a Metallica show.

So, on Saturday night, it was nice to hear the Jayhawks' sweet harmonies ring out without distortion. Playing to a sold-out crowd with few places to sit isn't the best formula for an acoustic show, but Louris' hooky songs and crystal-clear vocals commanded attention.

He was backed by Marc Perlman, doubling on electric bass and mandolin, and drummer Tim O'Reagan, who handled the lower harmonies and occasionally added guitar. The band also made good use of opening act Tim Easton, who popped up several times to fill in nicely on mandolin.

Louris and company covered a lot of Jayhawks ground in the 22-song set, going back to Blue Earth for 'Five Cups of Coffee', folk-ifying some of the songs from that more electric middle era and even tossing in a pair of Golden Smog songs.

'Tailspin', reminiscent of Dylan's 'Chimes of Freedom', and the bouncy 'Angelyne' were highlights from the new Rainy Day Music, which comes out today. Of course, he couldn't play Pittsburgh without doing 'Haywire', which makes passing reference to a Primanti's sandwich.

The beauty of it all is how effortless it looks for Louris. The frontman, a dead ringer for late-'70s Dylan, hits all the high notes without a struggle and his guitar work has a nice, comfy feel.

It's good to see them getting back to the vintage Jayhawks sound at a time when most of the alt-country greats are moving away from their roots.

Review by Scott Mervis, Post-Gazette Weekend Editor


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