Mark Olson & Gary Louris, the Autumn Defense | Park West | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Mark Olson & Gary Louris, the Autumn Defense Tickets Available Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Recommended

When: Fri., Feb. 20, 8:30 p.m. 2009

In 1995 Mark Olson left the Jayhawks, the alt-country band he’d started with Gary Louris in Minneapolis a decade earlier, and settled in the California desert with his wife, Victoria Williams. The Olson-less Jayhawks continued to make solid records, and he did the same, both with Williams and without (they divorced in 2006). But Olson and Louris seem to have known all along that their voices sound better together than they do on their own—Olson’s wobbly croak and Louris’s sweet, high-pitched twang are stronger and more compelling in harmony—and since 2001 they’ve been collaborating in fits and starts. The 15 originals on the new Ready for the Flood (New West), a sparse, mostly acoustic record produced by Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes, are the first music they’ve released together since their Jayhawks days. The focus is squarely on their paired voices—a bit parched and creaky now, but with all the old chemistry intact. The Autumn Defense opens. —Peter Margasak

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