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The Jayhawks slate tour for "Mockingbird Time"

Monday, August 1, 2011 – "Mockingbird Time," the new album from the reformed rootsy mainstays The Jayhawks, will be released Sept. 20 on Rounder Records.

The album's first single, She Walks In So Many Ways, was released and is charting. The band will embark on a worldwide tour spanning this summer and fall, including an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman on Sept. 23.

The 12-track album is the first full-band studio release featuring both founding members Gary Louris and Mark Olson since 1995's "Tomorrow the Green Grass."

Louris also produced the record. "Mockingbird Time" was recorded in Minneapolis at The Terrarium Recording Studios over a month's time during the winter of 2010. Other original band members featured on the record include Karen Grotberg (keyboards, vocals), Tim O'Reagan (drums, vocals) and Marc Perlman (bass).

"The difference from then and now is that Mark and I have both experienced different kinds of music and expanded our palates," said Louris. "So, this record has moments of experimentation and a bit of worldliness. I like a well-crafted, in-and-out kind of song, but with Mark, the lyrics dictate the music, and he'll go off into interesting, asymmetrical compositions. So it's a nice balance. Certain things were meant to be - like peanut butter and jelly - and Mark and I just work well together. And having done a lot of co-writing during the last six or seven years, I'm more appreciative of the magic that we have together. That doesn't come along very often for anybody." Tour dates are:

Aug. 2 Birmingham, UK HMV Institute

Aug. 3 Glasgow, UK ABC

Aug. 4 Manchester, UK Academy 2

Aug. 5 London, UK Forum

Aug. 6 Heuveland, Belgium Dranouter Festival

Aug. 8 Amsterdam, Holland Paradiso

Aug. 9 Hengelo, Holland Metropool

Aug. 10 Copenhagen, Denmark Amanger Bio

Aug. 12 Oslo, Norway Oya Festival

Aug. 13 Gothenburg, Sweden Way Out West

Aug. 14-15 Helsinki, Finland Tavastia

Sept. 15-16 St. Cloud, MN The Paramount

Sept. 17 Mankato, MN Riverfront Park

Sept. 23 New York, NY Late Show with David Letterman

Oct. 8 Chattanooga, TN River Rocks Festival

Oct. 9 Athens, OH Mountain Stage- Blackburn Auditorium

Oct. 11 Nelsonville, OH Stuart's Opera House **

Oct. 12 Bloomington, IN The Bluebird **

Oct. 14 Louisville, KY Brown Theatre **

Oct. 15 Ann Arbor, MI Michigan Theatre **

Oct. 16 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Smalls **

Oct. 18 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club **

Oct. 20 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live **

Oct. 21 New York, NY The Beacon@

Oct. 22 Glensdale, PA Keswick Theatre @

Oct. 23 Charlottesville, VA The Paramount Theater @

Oct. 25 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel @

Oct. 26 Durham, NC Carolina Theatre

Oct. 27 Knoxville, TN Bijou Theatre @

Oct. 28 Atlanta, GA The Buckhead Theatre @

Oct. 29 Charlotte, NC McGlohan Theater @

Nov. 9 Milwaukee, WI Turner Ballroom

Nov. 10 St. Louis, MO The Pageant

Nov. 11 Columbia, MO The Blue Note

Nov. 12 Kansas City, CO The Beaumont

Nov. 13 Memphis, TN Minglewood Hall

Nov. 15 Tulsa, OK Cains Ballroom

Nov. 16 Dallas, TX Granada Theater

Nov. 17 New Braunfels, TX Gruene Hall

Nov. 18 Austin, TX The Paramount Theater

Nov. 19 Houston, TX House of Blues

@ with special guest Rosanne Cash

* with support by Tift Merritt

** with support by Jessica Lea Mayfield

All shows go on sale Friday, Aug. 5 except Mountain Stage, which goes on sale today, Pittsburgh which goes on sale Aug. 6, Charlottesville and Austin, which go on sale Aug. 12).

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