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 U.S. 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 ‘90s 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. The album peaked at 40 on the Billboard charts and the group didn’t support the record with an extensive tour.
The Wallflowers split from Interscope in 2006 and the following year the group played shows without keyboardist Jaffee, who had left the band, signaling a steady decline in activity for the group. Jakob Dylan released his solo debut Seeing Things in 2008 but the Wallflowers stayed active, releasing a compilation called Collected: 1996-2005 in 2009 and supporting it with a tour. Dylan released another solo album, Women and Country, in 2010 and early in 2012 he announced the Wallflowers were returning to active status by recording a new album with a new lineup featuring a returning Jaffee, bassist Greg Richling, guitarist Stuart Mathis (who joined in the wake of Jaffee’s departure in 2007), and drummer Jack Irons, who previously played with Pearl Jam and The Red Hot Chili Peppers.
The Wallflowers return with their long-awaited new studio album, Glad All Over (2012). The band’s new single, “Reboot The Mission,” is a Clash-inspired track with an unmistakable shuffle backbeat, featuring Mick Jones on vocals and guitar. Recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, at Dan Auerbach’s (The Black Keys) Easy Eye Sound studio, the new album finds frontman Jakob Dylan joining original band members Greg Richling (bass) and Rami Jaffee (keyboards), with Wallflowers’ longtime guitarist Stuart Mathis and drummer Jack Irons (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam) rounding out the lineup. The album was produced by Jay Joyce (Emmylou Harris, Cage the Elephant) and mixed by Rich Costey (Bruce Springsteen).