Guitarist and vocalist/songwriter Kraig Johnson rose to prominence in the past due ’80s with Work Westy Work, who came within the Minneapolis picture in the tail end from the reign of community giants want Hüsker Dü as well as the Substitutes. (Operate Westy Operate also included Johnson’s sibling Kirk Johnson.) Nevertheless, Kraig offers received more publicity and acclaim as an associate from the all-star origins rock and roll collective Golden Smog (which also contains folks such as for example Gary Louris from the Jayhawks, Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, and Dan Murphy of Spirit Asylum). Actually, Johnson (aka Jarret Decatur) was the catalyst that flipped Golden Smog from a reasonably tongue-in-cheek side task recording addresses to an organization that produced some really great albums. He was the first ever to bring original tunes in to the fold (from a Work Westy Work recording program), consequently upping the ante (and seriousness) and resulting in such strong produces as 1995’s Down from the Aged Mainstream and 1998’s Strange Tales. Johnson joined up with the Jayhawks in the past due ’90s. He in addition has played in a reasonably loose side task with Spirit Asylum’s Dave Pirner, known as the O Jeez.