Founded by Jakob Dylan in 1990, the Wallflowers signed a record
deal with Virgin, and released their first album, The Wallflowers
in 1992. While the album didn't leave a huge impression on audiences,
it left Dylan with enough inspiration to soldier ahead and pursue
what would become his musical destiny.
Dylan reformed the Wallflowers after the first album, only to come
back stronger, and more focused. Retaining only Dylan and keyboardist
Rami Jaffee from the original lineup, the Wallflowers signed to
Interscope records and began to work with legendary producer, and
Dylan family friend T-Bone Burnett.
Having learned a few tricks since the first time out, the band
released the cryptically titled Bringing Down the Horse in 1996.
The album was a multi-platinum hit, and the singles "6th Avenue
Heartache", "One Headlight" and "The Difference"
helped propel the band to stardom. "One Headlight" quickly
found its way to the top of US charts, and in 1998 the song won
Grammy Awards for Best Rock Song and Best Performance by A Duo or
Group with Vocals. The album, a top seller for 1997, helped usher
a late 90's resurgence of roots-influenced rock.
After extensive touring and support of the album, the Wallflowers
took a much-needed break. Early in the new millennium, the Wallflowers
returned with Breach in late 2000 and garnered praise as "the
finest straight-ahead rock album of 2000." It demonstrated
Dylan's prowess as a songwriter and bandleader who had come into
his own. The exceptional Red Letter Days followed in 2002. Continuing
with their own fearless rock 'n' roll, the Wallflowers teamed with
distinguished producer Brendan O'Brien for 2005's Rebel, Sweetheart.