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The Wallfowers have a lean sound, moderate hooks and Jakob Dylan's made-for-MTV face. Although he's the son of Bob Dylan, Jakob's musical father figures are the illegitimate sons of Dylan: Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen. The Wallflowers' crafted roots-oriented rock adds a populist dash of commercial sheen.

As part of the mid-'90s revival of roots-rock, the Wallflowers held a special connection to one of the original inspirations: vocalist/songwriter/guitarist Jakob Dylan. Though he is the son of a legend, Jakob's similarities to his father are occasional — in fact, the Wallflowers are more influenced by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers than original '60s folk-rock, though lyrically, Jakob remains a close companion to the original Dylan.

"I kind of stumbled upon writing a record this time," says Wallflowers singer, songwriter, and guitarist Jakob Dylan, explaining the origins of Red Letters Days. For the dual Grammy Award-winning band, their fourth album gradually took shape last year in the midst of an extensive tour schedule in support of 2000's Breach.
"I kind of needed a distraction from the road so I naturally started writing," says Dylan, 32. "I really took advantage of the schedule and by the time I looked down there were a bunch songs. I just woke up one day and realized we had a record."

As the itinerary rolled on, the band likewise seized the opportunity to document the fresh-from-the-oven material. Along with original member, keyboardist Rami Jaffee, bassist Greg Richling, and drummer Mario Calire, Dylan recorded a series of free-flowing demos in backstage dressing rooms, closets, and arena loading docks - "pretty much anywhere there was a power source," says Jakob with a laugh. "It got to be pretty entertaining. We even set up microphones in a shower."
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When it came time to bring his dozen new originals into the studio, Dylan turned to an old friend, original Wallflowers guitarist turned producer Tobias Miller and his partner Bill Appleberry (Adema). 'The key was bringing those guys into the project,' says Dylan. 'I just wanted to work with someone who understood me and Tobi is somebody I've known since I was 10-years-old. He and Bill believed in the songs and thought we were really on to something. It allowed us the freedom to make the kind of record you always thought you were going to make when you were a kid.'

Recorded in a series of LA studios and mixed by the renowned Tom Lord-Alge, Red Letter Days also found Dylan taking on more guitar duties than he had in the past. The space in the line-up provided further instrumental inspiration in the form of such guest guitarists as Pearl Jam's Mike McCready.

Bringing Down the Horse was a big seller throughout 1997, thanks to '6th Avenue Heartache,' 'One Headlight,' and 'The Difference,' the third single pulled from the record. Early in 1998, 'One Headlight' won Grammys for Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal. Settling down from the rush of success, the Wallflowers rightfully took a long four-year break from recording. The new millennium sparked new creativity, and the Wallflowers returned in October 2000 to release Breach.
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