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The Band Perry (with former Seymour, now Indianapolis resident) Thom Daugherty on guitar) will get two high-profile TV gigs later this month. The group appears on Ellen on the 27th, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on the 28th.

The Jayhawks
  • The Jayhawks
→ The classic Jayhawks lineup of Gary Louris, Mark Olson, Marc Perlman, Tim O’Reagan and Karen Grotberg has been recording together for the first time in 15 years. Acccording to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the album " essentially done. Louris is currently holed up in Tucson, Ariz., working on the final mix of the record at a friend's studio, Wave Lab." (read full story) Reissues of the group's Hollywood Town Hall and Tomorrow the Green Grass albums come out Tuesday (January 18).

Truth & Salvage Co., which includes ex-Old Pike singer/songwriter Tim Jones, returns to Indianapolis for a gig at Radio Radio on February 19th. Last year's show at Birdy's earned the top spot on my list of best shows of 2010. We'll have an interview with Jones closer to the Radio Radio gig.

"She Really Does it for Me" LIVE at Sun Studios

Social Distortion's Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes is also out on Tuesday. It rocks appropriately - Mike Ness and the band done good.
Social Distortion - Hard Times And Nursery Rhymes by Epitaph Records

→ Roots-rocker Webb Wilder will be inducted into the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame at a ceremony Tuesday (January 18) night. A native of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Webb will be in good company alongside inductees such as Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Tammy Wynette, Conway Twitty, the Staples Singers, Sam Cooke, Bo Diddley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Elvis Presley.

Long a rock cult favorite, and owner of one minor radio hit, the Associated Press described Wilder's stage performance as “a glorious amalgamation of grunge chords, killer grooves, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins theatrics, a healthy sense of humor, and great pop melodies.”

Wilder’s most recent studio release is entitled More Like Me.

"Human Cannonball" LIVE


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