Golden Smog is a loose and occasional association of musicians centring around various members of The Jayhawks, Wilco and Soul Asylum. On occasion they have also been joined by members of The Replacements, Big Star and The Honeydogs. The only members to play on all their recordings are guitarist Kraig Johnson from the lesser-known Run Westy Run, Gary Louris and Marc Perlman from The Jayhawks and Soul Asylum’s Dan Murphy. To all intents and purposes, they are what we might have referred to in the past as a ‘supergroup’. But we would not use such crude terminology today, would we? Continue reading “AmericanA to Z: Golden Smog”
Following on from Wilco’s Passenger Side, I went down a Jeff Tweedy rabbit hole looking at some other projects he’s been involved in and ended up with Golden Smog. An occasional and shape-shifting combination of like-minded musicians, Golden Smog kicked off with an EP of four cover songs although Tweedy wasn’t involved at that point. By the time they released ‘Down By The Old Mainstream’, Tweedy (AKA Scott Summit, they all used pseudonyms) was on board and while most of the songs were originals they still did the odd cover such as this tremendous Ronnie Lane song.