The Jayhawks are an alternative country rock band from the Minnesota music scene that emerged in the mid-80s, consisting of vocalists, guitarists and songwriters Gary Louris and Mark Olson. They have released ten studio albums with and without Olson, including five on the American Recordings label. On hiatus from 2005 to 2009, the 1994–1995 lineup of the band reunited, releasing Mockingbird Time in September 2011. The band has remained active touring off-and-on since, releasing Back Roads and Abandoned Motels in 2018.
A songwriter based in North Carolina, Django Haskins has fronted the pop-noir band, The Old Ceremony, since 2004. He also forms one half of the psych-folk duo Au Pair with the Jayhawks’ Gary Louris. In 2016 he received the NC Arts Council’s Artist Grant in recognition of his extensive creative exertions. He has released a dozen albums of his songs in various guises, including 2018’s solo record, Shadowlawn.