Americana purveyors the Jayhawks will release a new studio album, "Rainy Day Songs," in April, according to the band's new label, Lost Highway.

Americana purveyors the Jayhawks will release a new studio album, "Rainy Day Songs," in April, according to the band's new label, Lost Highway. Produced by Ethan Johns, the disc was recorded in Los Angeles and boasts guest musicians including Matthew Sweet, the Wallflowers' Jakob Dylan, and former Eagle Bernie Leadon.

The follow up to the band's 2000 Columbia album "Smile" (Columbia), the new set is "the most acoustic based, stripped down, and live record the Jayhawks have ever made," reports guitarist/vocalist Gary Louris on the fan site Hollywood Town Hall. "It's a new side of the band, and it's really in touch with what we're all about, because you can hear more of the vocals and harmonies. Most of the songs on 'Smile' started out this way."

Studio pianist Richard Causon (Alanis Morissette, Rufus Wainwright), sideman Chris Stills, and "half-Jayhawk" Stephen McCarthy also join principal members Louris, bassist Marc Perlman, and drummer Tim O'Reagan. Among the titles are "All the Right Reasons," "Save It for a Rainy Day," "Tampa to Tulsa," "One Man's Problem," and "Angelyne."

The band is currently road-testing the new material with a pair of hometown gigs last weekend in Minneapolis and a short East Coast tour to follow late next month.

Here are the Jayhawks dates:

Jan. 23: Milwaukee (Shank Hall)
Jan. 24: Columbus, Ohio (Little Brother's)
Jan. 25: Pittsburgh (Rosebud)
Jan. 27: Buffalo, N.Y. (Mohawk Place)
Jan. 28: Northampton, Mass. (Iron Horse Music Hall)
Jan. 29: Hoboken, N.J. (Maxwell's)
Jan. 30: Brooklyn, N.Y. (Warsaw)
Jan. 31: Alexandria, Va. (the Birchmere)
Feb. 1: Carrboro, N.C. (Cat's Cradle)
Feb. 2: Charleston, S.C. (Music Farm)

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