Wesley Stace aka John Wesley Harding teams up with The Jayhawks for new record – Listen

Singer/songwriter Wesley Stace will release “Wesley Stace’s John Wesley Harding” on February 24th via Yep Roc Records. Recorded with The Jayhawks—Gary Louris, Marc Perlman, Tim O’Reagan, and Karen Grotberg—at Flowers Studio in Minneapolis, the album was co-produced by Stace and Gary Louris and features 12 tracks chosen by Stace: “I always have a lot of songs, so I listened to every unused song I had, many of them quite recent, and picked 11 that I thought The Jayhawks (or The Wezhawks, as we started to call it) would sound great on.

I also included a cover, “Don’t Turn Me Loose,” which is where the idea of our making a record together had originated: I saw them live and thought they’d sound great playing that song, and then I thought: and I should be singing it! And they liked the idea. And we did these twelve songs, and that’s it. Everything we recorded is on the record. No outtakes.”

The second album under his real name, the album’s title was apparently chosen for a myriad of reasons including a) the urge to bring all of his art under one banner, b) Jeff Lynne’s ELO, and c) various cab ride conversations.  We’ve got a copy sitting snugly under our now dead Christmas tree which will be winging its way out for review shortly.  In the meantime, you can check out his first album under his real name here if you have Spotify which even without The Jayhawks is absolutely lovely.

Wesley Stace’s John Wesley Harding tracklisting:

I Don’t Wanna Rock ‘n Roll
You’re a Song
Better Tell No One Your Dreams
How To Fall
For Me and You
Hastings Pier
Audience of One
Don’t Turn Me Loose
The Wilderness Years
What You Want Belongs to You
Remember Me
Let’s Evaporate

Author: Mark Whitfield

Mark Whitfield is the long-suffering editor of Americana UK, conceiving the idea in a dark room in 2001, although he ran out of words to personally review anything in about 2007.

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