Tweedy, a band featuring Wilco‘s Jeff Tweedy alongside his son and drummer Spencer, appeared on CBS This Morning Saturday to perform a pair of songs off their debut LP Sukierae, “Wait for Love” and “Low Key,” as well as discuss the family medical emergency that inspired the album.
On the program, Tweedy reveals that the Sukierae songs initially began as a solo project before he recruited his son Spencer to join him on the tracks. Spencer Tweedy first began drumming at the age of six and co-stars in a memorable scene in the 2002 documentary I Am Trying to Break Your Heart where he quizzes his father on Wilco drum beats. However, just as the project began rolling, Jeff’s wife and Spencer’s mother Sue Tweedy was diagnosed with two forms of cancer. Much of the album was informed by her battle.
“It became this family thing but I think just the real presence and the room from that point on, making the record, it felt like Suzy was a part of it. It was something very personal happening, even if the songs weren’t directly pointing at it,” Jeff Tweedy tells CBS This Morning‘s Anthony Mason. “I think that there are some lyrics that probably wouldn’t have been written if I was facing probably one of the most stressful times in my life.”
Tweedy chose to name their album Sukierae because it’s a nickname Sue Tweedy gave herself, even though nobody calls her that. Sukierae was later named one of Rolling Stone‘s 50 Best Albums of 2014.
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While Tweedy are still out on tour – they recently performed at Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival in North Adams, Massachusetts – the group will go on an inevitable hiatus when Spencer Tweedy goes to college; after taking a year off to promote Sukierae, Spencer promised his mother he’d return to his studies this fall. “I told her ‘I’ve always valued school, I still value school, and you know that.’ I’ve got some more school left in me, so I’m gonna do that,” Spencer Tweedy said.
Watch Tweedy perform “Low Key” on CBS This Morning‘s Saturday Sessions below: