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The Jayhawks reunite

Thursday, April 2, 2009 – The Jayhawks, the rootsy band from Minneapolis, is reuniting their mid-90s line-up for two shows this summer with more likely next year, according to Billboard.

The group will headline the Basilica Block Party in Minneapolis on July 10. that will be the first time key players Mark Olson and Gary Louris have played with The Jayhawks in more than 10 years. The second date is the Primavira Sound '09 Festival in Barcelona, Spain on May 30.

Olson left the group after a tour in support of "Tomorrow the Green grass" in 1995. Olson and Louris reunited in 2001 and later released an album, "Ready for the Flood," produced by Chris Robinson of Black Crowes. Olson and Louris have toured behind the disc.

"We've both been playing a lot the last couple of years," Olson told Billboard.com. "Gary had a solo record. I had a solo record. And then we made this record together, and we've been touring on that. During the course of this time we'd been contacted by some promoters in Spain. There's quite a fan base there, its a place where they played the Jayhawks records a lot. We played at a festival is the Basque region last August."

The line-up will be Karen Grotberg, Tim O'Reagan and Marc Perlman.

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