The Autumn Defense

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades: 2000s


Essentially a side project of Chicago, USA-based Uncle Tupelo and Wilco bass player, John Stirratt (26 November 1967, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; guitar, bass, vocals, ex-Hilltops) and Brooklyn, USA-based, alt country journeyman and producer Pat Sansone (b. 21 June 1969, Meridian, Mississippi, USA; guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals), the Autumn Defense started life in New Orleans in 1999 as a respite from their respective busy touring and studio schedules. The duo shared an appreciation of Love’s 1967 masterpiece Forever Changes and spent the greater part of early rehearsal sessions teaching each other how to play Arthur Lee’s and Bryan MacLean’s songs. Following Stirratt’s involvement in the recording of Wilco’s breakthrough Summerteeth and Sansone’s contribution to Ryan Adams’ first solo release Heartbreaker, they started work on their 2001 debut, The Green Hour. Released on Stirratt’s Broadmoor label, it was a heavily 60s...

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