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A country and rock performer, Jeff Tweedy is probably best known for making his name with the alternative country band Uncle Tupelo, a group with which he played until 1994. Thereafter, Tweedy has performed as a lone singer-songwriter and as a member of Wilco, a six-piece alternative rock outfit that has recorded a large number of albums. Although Tweedy had performed many times as a solo guitarist and singer, it was not until 2017 that his first solo album came out. Released on dBpm Records in 2017, Together at Last featured songs that had been co-written with Jim O'Rourke, Pat Sansone and Jay Bennet; the latter being a member of Wilco from 1994 to 2001. Mastered by Bob Ludwig, the LP reached number 49 in the US Billboard 200 charts and performed well in both Scotland and New Zealand. Tweedy went on to book a tour of North America, adding dates in the UK, both south and north of the Scottish border, for 2018.
Jeff Tweedy's early career
After playing with bands known as the Plebes and the Groupies for a time, Tweedy settled into Uncle Tupelo, his first group to gain a manager. A demo called Not Forever, Just For Now came out in 1989 and led to the band being signed by Rockville Records. A full album, No Depression, soon followed. After working with R.E.M.'s mandolin player, Peter Buck, Still Feel Gone came out, featuring Tweedy's songwriting skills throughout. However, Tweedy and Dade Farrar, Uncle Tupelo's other main songwriter, fell out in the mid-1990s and both decided to form their own new bands.
Jeff Tweedy's career in Wilco and after
Working with Jay Bennett and Glenn Kotche among others, Wilco had a successful recording career. Highlights include Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, which was recorded in Chicago. Rolling Stone magazine listed it in the top 500 albums ever recorded, and it got into the top 20 of the US charts. Sky Blue Sky came out in 2007 and was well received by many music critics in the US and the UK. It was nominated for a Grammy Award the following year. Wilco, an Americana album, went on release in 2009. This work was almost exclusively written by Tweedy, who played both 12 and six-string guitars on the recording. It got to number four in the US.
Still working in Wilco, Tweedy recorded an album with his son, in 2014. This LP was called Sukierae and included 20 tracks. Spencer Tweedy was the percussionist and drummer on most of the tracks, with Tweedy senior singing, and playing bass, guitar and piano throughout.
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