Jayhawk Flies Solo
Tim O’Reagan features 11 songs written by and mostly performed by O’Reagan.
While he handles much of the guitar, bass, drums and keyboards, the album was made with the help of some good friends - Jayhawks Gary Louris, Mark Olson, Marc Perlman, Karen Grotberg, Sun Volt bassist Jim Boquist and even his mom and dad, who add some violin and whistle to the mix.
The album opens with the infectiously catchy “These Things” and follows with the melodious “Black & Blue”. The sweeping “Highway Flowers” is beautiful acknowledgement to the roadside memorials we see too often, while “Play Thing” features classic Monkey/Beatle-esque pop. All of the songs on Tim O’Reagan sound as if you could have heard them flowing out of your radio during the mid-1970s. Don’t be fooled though, this is no retro album..
The Jayhawks were known for great songwriting and soaring vocal harmonies. O’Reagan joined the band in 1996, and his unique voice blended immediately with bandleader Gary Louris. O’Reagan became an integral part of the band with his writing, singing and of course, time keeping. O’Reagan’s “Tampa To Tulsa” and “Don’t Let The World Get In Your Way” we’re his most recent songs that became heralded highlights of the band’s critically acclaimed 2003 release Rainy Day Music (American/Lost Highway).