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Solo album, autobiography bring Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy to the Bing

September 21, 2018

Singer-songwriter and sometimes actor Jeff Tweedy has lived a lot of life in his 51 years.

Born in Belleville, Illinois, Tweedy got his first guitar at age 6 but didn’t begin playing until age 12.

As a teen, he joined a rockabilly band called the Plebes, which eventually changed its sound, to something more alt-country, and name, first to the Primitives then to Uncle Tupelo.

Uncle Tupelo released four records before disbanding in 1994, largely due to turmoil between Tweedy and guitarist/vocalist Jay Farrar.

But shortly after, Tweedy recruited many Uncle Tupelo band mates to join a new band, Wilco.

To date, Tweedy has released 10 albums with Wilco, most recently 2016’s “Schmilco,” and has established himself as one of the most eclectic voices in music.

He has also released albums as part of Loose Fur, Golden Smog and Tweedy, a duo with son Spencer, and has contributed to releases by artists including the Minus 5, the Autumn Defense and Mavis Staples.

Last year, Tweedy somehow found the time to release a solo album, “Together At Last,” which features recordings of 11 previously released Wilco, Loose Fur and Golden Smog tunes and brings Tweedy to the Bing Crosby Theater on Wednesday.

Revisiting those older songs likely helped Tweedy when it came time to finish his autobiography “Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir of Recording and Discording with Wilco, Etc.,” which is set to be released Nov. 13.

“Let’s Go” will take readers from his childhood in Illinois to the rock clubs he frequented to his time with Uncle Tupelo, Wilco and more. The book is also said to include stories about his family and his thoughts on the current state of the music industry.

“I have stories to tell, and I’d like for this book to be a combination of those stories about my experiences, and maybe a window into one person’s creative process, as well as some of what I’ve seen working with other artists in my current and former bands, in the studio, on the road, in my basement with my sons and more,” Tweedy said when announcing the book in 2015.

The Bing appearance marks Tweedy’s first Spokane appearance since 2012, when Wilco played the INB Performing Arts Center (soon to be the First Interstate Center for the Arts). In 2015, the band played along the shores of Lake Pend Oreille during the Festival at Sandpoint.

If you go: 7 p.m. Wednesday; The Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave.; $49.43-$60.05, available through www.bingcrosbytheater.com.

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