Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Tim O’Reagan matriculated at the University of Kansas in the late ’70s, earning a liberal arts degree with an emphasis in sociology and personnel administration. It’s not exactly where his heart lay, though.
“That was me not knowing what I was doing,” O’Reagan, 47, says with a laugh. “I went to college ’cause that was my parents’ plan. I found something else to do.”
That was music, fi rst with a band called the Leatherwoods that led O’Reagan to move to Minneapolis, and then with the Jayhawks, in which he spent 10 years as a drummer before the group called it quits in 2004.
Now O’Reagan is on his own, having released his first solo album, a self-titled affair, in June. The album features some songs that were pitched to the Jayhawks as well as guest appearances by some of his former bandmates and his parents, but O’Reagan says that to him the greatest accomplishment was getting it done at all.
“I just made the decision to approach it workmanlike, so I could get it done, which is kind of against my nature,” he explains. “I’m a slacker. My work ethic is pretty shoddy.
“But I managed to do it. There were basically no excuses left to not do it. I had every reason to do it — and one of the big reasons was that I didn’t want to get a job, which has been one of my prime motivators most of my adult life.”
Tim O’Reagan performs with Mojave 3 Saturday (October 14th) at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call (313) 833-9700 or visit
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