Following Wallflowers are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1989 by singer-songwriter Jakob Dylan and guitarist Toby Miller. The Wallflowers are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1989 by singer-songwriter Jakob Dylan and guitarist Toby Miller.
In 2012, the Wallflowers reunited to release their sixth studio album, Glad All Over. To simplify subscriber access, we have temporarily disabled the password requirement.
In the years since Bringing Down the Horse, the group has released four albums: (Breach) (2000), Red Letter Days (2002), Rebel, Sweetheart (2005), and Glad All Over (2012). Although Dylan, the lone constant member, has never matched the commercial success of his sophomore LP, he remains a respected figure with two solo albums to his credit.
Angel On My Bike (Side B) 5. Members include Mario Claire, drums; Jakob Dylan (born 1969), vocals and rhythm guitar; RAM Coffee, keyboards; Greg Rich ling, bass; and Michael Ward, lead guitar.
It's impossible to talk about The Wallflowers for long without addressing its direct lineage from one of the most profound, influential, and distinctive voices of late twentieth century America. That fact unquestionably brought The Wallflowers premature fame and intense scrutiny--while, ironically, distracting attention from the band's music.
It's a unique burden which Jakob Dylan has borne with reticence, grace, and a stubborn will to have his music “Absolutely, I think the name worked against me,” Dylan told Rolling Stone's Gerry Hershey.
For The Wallflowers, who reluctantly occupied a spotlight which the music press and the record industry reserved for the offspring of a legend, it was devastating. “(M)OST of the band's members were 22 and weren't ready for prime time yet,” Geoffrey Times wrote in The Washington Post in 1996.
“The songs had flashes of inspiration and promise, but really didn't hang together, and most of the publicity dwelt on Jakob Dylan's parentage rather than the music.” Following its disappointing debut, the band was released by its record label and endured a series of personnel changes.
The album's title, Dylan told Rolling Stone, reflects “what it felt like ... trying to make this damned thing. They also had all-star assistance from legendary producer (and Dylan family friend) T-Bone Burnett, Sam Phillips, Counting Crows frontman Adam During, Jay hawk Gary Louis, Heartbreaker guitarist Mike Campbell, and Michael Penn, who also knows a bit about working in the shadows of a famous relation, as he is the brother of actor Sean Penn.
The album went double platinum, cracked the Top 10 and the MTV rotation, received favorable reviews, and two Grammy nominations, and spawned the singles “6th Avenue Heartache,” “One Headlight,” and “The Difference.” Dylan credits Burnett with helping to bring dynamics to the songs on their latest album.
The songs feature a soulful, roots sound bathed in organ, dobro, and pedal steel guitar. The folk-rock melodies are strong, the playing is clear and muscular, and the production ... frames the lyrics' storytelling imaginatively.
Newsweek's Karen Schemer likened Wallflowers' sound to that of the Counting Crows and the Jay hawks. “(T)he Wallflowers play rootless roots music: vaguely retro country-folk rock, with plenty of '60s antecedents ... but with a keen sense of modern production and sturdy hooks.
In other words, they're wildly derivative, but songs like “One Headlight” and “Three Arenas” feel so comfortably, soulfully right that you won't care.” “If there's one thing missing from Bringing Down the Horse, it's a slightly stronger sense of Jakob himself,” Schemer wrote.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Dylan picked up the same theme: “Do I think people are curious about growing up with one of the most influential minds of the 20th Century? Dylan has said he never felt defeated by the trying events that unfolded following his first album or the long period he spent rebounding from them.
“It was almost comforting at that point,” he says, “I spent a year putting this group back together, writing more songs.” “Jake loves playing music,” says Wallflower bassist Greg Rich ling, a Dylan friend and band mate since high school.
The band formed in the early 1990s and played around Los Angeles-- notably in the Kibitz Room at Canter's delicatessen. After its poorly received first album, the band was released by its record company and underwent a series of personnel changes.