Jeff Tweedy has led Wilco for 20 years, and god knows he’ll probably keep leading it for another 20. But Tweedy has a new band now — a duo with his 18-year-old drumming son Spencer, simply called Tweedy. Tweedy’s debut album Sukierae is coming this fall, and it features 20 new songs that Jeff wrote. Frequent R.E.M. collaborator Scott McCaughey plays keyboards, and Lucius members Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig sing backup, but this is primarily a family affair. Of the album, Jeff says, “When I set out to make this record, I imagined it being a solo thing, but not in the sense of one guy strumming an acoustic guitar and singing. Solo to me meant that I would do everything — write the songs, play all the instruments and sing. But Spencer’s been with me from the very beginning demo sessions, playing drums and helping the songs take shape. In that sense, the record is kind of like a solo album performed by a duo.” Below, check out the confident, driving, enormously satisfying first single “I’ll Sing It,” and imagine how your life would be different if your dad were cooler.

Sukierae is out 9/16 on Wilco’s dBpm label.

Comments (7)
  1. I dunno, my dad’s pretty cool.

  2. This song gets my approval. Very interesting production.

  3. So is this the solo album we’ve heard about?

  4. I can’t help but hear Misunderstood when that low, rumbling percussion comes in.

  5. I like it. Actually listened to it twice. Definitely got a lot of promise. Sounds like it could be a live set highlight, too.

    • Whenever Tweedy writes a song no matter what project, it becomes a live Wilco highlight. I can’t think of a single band who for this many years manages to play every single song they have throughout their tours. And every song always sounds great. Uncle Tupelo tracks, Laminated Cat, all the Mermaid Avenue songs. They can basicly pick any of their songs and it’ll be great.

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