air date: Nov 21, 2019
Grammy Award-winning rocker Jeff Tweedy talks about his career and latest album.
Jeff Tweedy is the Grammy Award-winning founding member and leader of the rock band Wilco. He is one of contemporary American music’s most accomplished songwriters, musicians and performers. Rolling Stone magazine cited Wilco’s 2002 album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot as the third best album of the decade. Since founding Wilco in 1994, Tweedy has toured solo, produced three albums for iconic soul and gospel singer Mavis Staples, and written a memoir, Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back).
Tweedy says Wilco’s latest album, Ode to Joy, is “audacious and sincere.” By focusing on a unique rhythm track and a minimalist instrumental accompaniment, typically acoustic guitar, and pairing that with observant lyrics at once hopeful, morbid, tolerant, and abstract, the band’s vision was achieved.