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Kendra Meinert column: Jayhawks' Louris enjoys flying solo, too

11:12 AM, Nov. 7, 2013
Gary Louris, a founding member of the alt-country band The Jayhawks, is just as happy these days headlining his own solo shows or collaborating with other songwriters. He'll play the Riverside Ballroom Nov. 15. Local singer/songwriter Bill Schulz opens.
Gary Louris, a founding member of the alt-country band The Jayhawks, is just as happy these days headlining his own solo shows or collaborating with other songwriters. He'll play the Riverside Ballroom Nov. 15. Local singer/songwriter Bill Schulz opens.
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For being a Minneapolis-based band, The Jayhawks never really set their sights on conquering Wisconsin, too.

Founding member Gary Louris recalls the group playing Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena in 1995 with Soul Asylum and Matthew Sweet, but never headlining their own show in Green Bay.

"The Jayhawks somewhat neglected our own backyard. We played Minneapolis, but we never even cultivated Milwaukee and Madison as much as some bands,'' Louris said. "We really shot straight out to Chicago and New York and then we went into Europe. We didn't play that many shows in our region. We just ...

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