For those of you keeping count at home, this morning's installment of our busking series marks a bit of a milestone. Since the folks at Globe Trek Productions started these band-on-the-street videos last year, they've brought us an array of great performances, from local and touring bands alike. This one marks the 20th video that they've produced for us. Here's to many more.
Appropriately enough, then, this new video, featuring Gary Louris of Minnesota's the Jayhawks, mixes things up a bit with not only an electric guitar but also some live artwork, courtesy of a mysterious companion named "Jacques." Keep it weird, guys.
"Jacques," mind you, is no Jacques at all. Don't let that mustache and goatee fool you. No, that's Jayhawks guitarist Kraig Johnson, who plays in several other bands outside the Hawks -- including Run Westy Run and Golden Smog, where he's joined by Louris and also Wilco's Jeff Tweedy.
The video was shot a few weeks ago when the Hawks visited Dallas for a gig at the Granada Theater. Louris posted on the patio at Aw Shucks across the street from the venue, then under the marquee at Granada, to play a couple classic Dylan-meets-Neil cuts from the alt-country band, "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" and "Tailspin."
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The Hawks, despite the laid-back, Gram Parsons-tinged vibe of their music, have had a bit of turbulent history, thanks mainly to the prickly relationship between founding members Louris and Mark Olson. When the band played Granada last month, it was under the guise of their "late '90s lineup," meaning without Olson.
But the video captures a good bit of the band's essence: Louris, his guitar, a harmonica and mini amp -- plus a little bit of a sense of humor, thanks to Johnson. Er, Jacques.
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