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If you’re attending the 15th annual Basilica Block Party in Minneapolis this weekend consider yourself extra-special lucky.

Not only can you catch artists like Black Crowes, The Hold Steady and Tapes ‘n Tapes performing at the summer festival, but alt-country legends The Jayhawks are scheduled to play their first – and only – US show this year on July 10.

The location of the band’s reunion gig should be extra sweet for the locals; Minneapolis is where he band started out, back in ’85.

The Basilica show is timed nicely now that Sony Legacy has just released Music From the North Country: The Jayhawks Anthology, a collection that covers the band’s work from the Twin/Tone Records days through American Recordings. The set is available as a single CD or a two-CD-plus-DVD set that includes Jayhawks music video clips.

In September, look for a re-release from Sony Legacy of the Jayhawks’ five major-label releases, plus bonus tracks.

The reunited Jayhawks have already played a few shows in Spain and more gigs are on the agenda for next year.

The alt-country trailblazers weathered the departure of Mark Olson back in ’95 after two classic albums, released three more records afterward then closed up shop in 2005 when co-founder Gary Louris pulled the plug.

Lucky for fans of awesome music – specifically that sweet, soulful blend of rock and country – the Jayhawks are back.

According to Billboard.com, their show in Minneapolis will be the first time that both Gary Louris and Mark Olson will play together as members of the Jayhawks in over a decade. Louris told Billboard that the reunion would be a ‘part-time thing’:

“I think the plan is that we’re going to play festivals. Next year, we’re hoping to play Bonnaroo and things like that. We’ll see if it grows from there.”

As a longtime fan of the band it’s nice to see Louris and Olson back on the same page; the duo had played live together over the years and earlier this year released a really good album, Ready for the Flood, produced by Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes.

According to an AP story on the reunited ‘Hawks, Louris said he’s glad he and Olson have ‘mended fences.’

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing to find somebody that you can sing with and create this third voice,” Louris said.

Click here for a full list of Block Party band lineups, music stages and other event information.

Mark Olson & Gary Louris acoustic tour dates:

  • Jul 16 2009      8:00P Neue Welt     Ingolstadt
  • Jul 18 2009     8:00P St. Katharina Open Air     Nürnberg
  • Jul 24 2009     8:00P The Sage Americana Festival     Gateshead
  • Jul 26 2009     8:00P Truck Festival     Oxford