Jeffrey Scot 'Jeff' Tweedy is an American songwriter, musician, and record producer best known as the leader of the band Wilco, is playing this Bluesfest as Tweedy with his son Spencer.
Jeffrey Scot 'Jeff' Tweedy is an American songwriter, musician, and record producer best known as the leader of the band Wilco, is playing this Bluesfest as Tweedy with his son Spencer. Contributed

Family duo brings different Tweedy perspective at Bluesfest

WILCO'S frontman, Jeff Tweedy is coming to Byron Bay for another special performance - different to how Bluesfest audiences have seen him before.

Tweedy is a musical collaboration with his 18-year-old son, drummer Spencer Tweedy.

The father/son duo's 2014 debut album, Sukierae, featured 20 songs written by Jeff Tweedy, with Spencer on drums, and Jeff on guitars, vocals, bass and keyboards.

The release was followed by a world tour in which half of the set consisted of new songs off Sukierae performed by a touring band including Spencer. The latter half of the set Tweedy plays solo, typically performing Wilco and Uncle Tupelo classics.

As the founding member and leader of the American alternative country rock band Wilco and before that the co-founder of the alt-country band Uncle Tupelo, Jeff Tweedy is one of contemporary American music's most accomplished songwriters, musicians and performers.

Spencer Tweedy said Sukierae has a number of songs with interesting stories behind them.

"Diamondly started as 20 minutes of me drumming along to a very weird loop, and then my dad basically composed the song based on those drums," he said.

"Another songs, I'll Sing It, it's based on a cassette tape demo my dad did that we found in a box and turned into a real song. We kind of did a bit of time travelling in that sense because it is a 20-year-old demo," Spencer said.

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