I Am Trying to Break Your Heart – Jeff Tweedy
Jeff Tweedy can be seen backstage explaining to music industry representatives what their new album will sound like in I Am Trying to Break Your Heart (2002) documentary.
Tweedy was one of the original members of Wilco, as well as active in Loose Fur and Golden Smog (side projects featuring members from Soul Asylum and Jayhawks). Additionally, Tweedy collaborated with Billy Bragg and produced Mavis Staples’ album for release.
Early Life and Education
Tweedy was raised in Belleville, Illinois and began playing music alongside Jay Farrar during high school. Soon thereafter he co-founded Uncle Tupelo, an alternative country band which set new trends and inspired numerous other artists.
Once Low disbanded in the early 90s, Tweedy founded Wilco. They quickly found success with albums like Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and A Ghost Is Born. Tweedy has also produced works by Low, White Denim and Richard Thompson.
Tweedy has also explored writing and poetry. He published a collection of short stories as well as contributing to multiple publications. When not working or writing, Tweedy enjoys golf and gardening – both hobbies he uses to contribute his time and money to various charities.
Jeff Tweedy has achieved great success throughout his career. Not only has he established an extensive fanbase for Wilco, he has also launched numerous side projects and released multiple solo albums.
Tweedy’s musical work has been heavily influenced by punk and country, although more experimental approaches can also be heard in his later pieces. Additionally, he has worked as a record producer and collaborated with other artists.
Tweedy has not only been an accomplished musician but has also served on the boards of multiple companies such as Ralph Lauren Womenswear and Academy Sports and Outdoors. Additionally, he is a noted philanthropist who has invested in numerous social impact projects; acting as advisor to Harlem Figure Skate Club and the 5000 Role Models Excellence Project as an advisor.
Achievement and Honors
Grammy-Award-Winning Artist. Co-founding Member and Leader of Wilco and co-Founder of alt country band Uncle Tupelo.
Jeff Tweedy first achieved fame during the late 80s as part of Uncle Tupelo. Together with Jay Farrar he eventually formed ‘Wilco’ which has released eleven albums; their most successful one being “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot”.
Tweedy also worked closely with Mavis Staples and produced her final album as well as contributing to a documentary film about her. Furthermore, he has published two New York Times bestselling books; Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back) and How to Write One Song. Currently living in Chicago with his family.
Tweedy opens up about his personal life in this book with candor and shares details about his struggles with addiction, troubled bandmates relationships and parental challenges as well as his passion for music and love of family.
Tweedy has continued recording and touring with Wilco since forming in 1992, while also participating in side projects such as Loose Fur (with Jim O’Rourke), Golden Smog (featuring members from Jayhawks, Soul Asylum), Minus 5 (with Scott McCaughey) and Minus 5. Additionally he produced albums by Low, White Denim, Mavis Staples as well as others.
Tweedy released his debut solo effort, 2016’s Together at Last, featuring eleven Wilco and Loose Fur songs with stripped-back acoustic arrangements. Warm and its companion album Warmer were then released in 2018 and 2019. Tweedy is also the proud parent of two sons.
Jeff Tweedy is a revered American musician known as an accomplished singer-guitarist-author. Beginning his musical journey as part of The Plebes with Jay Farrar during high school band rehearsals and later founding alternative country group Uncle Tupelo after moving away from Nashville, where he currently performs as lead vocalist and guitarist – making his music one of many fans’ favorites!
Tweedy and Sue Miller have two children together. He is active in charitable giving, having donated to numerous organizations, as well as being involved with real estate; owning an impressive residence in Chicago, Illinois.
He enjoys travelling and has visited numerous countries for concerts and musical tours, hiking in nature and sampling fine foods and wines.