The alternative/ indie rock band, Wilco, has extended their 20th Anniversary Tour which now includes an appearance at the Red Rocks Amphitheater on July 14. Over the years the group has earned a reputation for it’s creativity and has been described by Rolling Stone as "one of America's most consistently interesting bands.”
Wilco rose from the ashes of former alternative country band, Uncle Tupelo. When singer Jay Farrar left Uncle Tupelo in 1994, the remaining members of the group stayed together and formed what is now Wilco. Leading the new troop was co-singer and lyricist Jeff Tweedy who succeeded in taking the band in a new musical direction. Though Tweedy had a deep love for country music and artists like Graham Parsons, he had a desire to try something new and expand his musical reach. The new sound was inspired by harmonies seen in classic pop bands of the 70’s, folk and indie rock. The band experienced several lineup changes in it’s first few years but the current members Jeff Tweedy, John Stirratt, Glenn Kotche, Mikael Jorgensen, Nels Cline, and Pat Sansone have kept the band going strong since 2004.
One of the band’s most notable early successes was their album Yankee Foxtrot Hotel in 2002 which circulated some controversy within the music industry when their label dropped the album for being “uncommercial”. Following the incident, the band streamed the album online which grew their fan base by a wide margin. The group’s next album A Ghost is Born received two Grammys for Best Alternative Music Album and Best Recording Package.
In their latest album, The Whole Love, Tweedy’s soulful tone stands out against the progressive electric beats and unconventional rhythms. The group has certainly come a long way from their country roots, but the strong talent within the group shines through in every performance.