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Premieres July, 2005

The Wallflowers

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.