Aidin Vaziri | Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy teamed up with his 18-year-old son, Spencer, on the new album “Sukierae.” Recorded in their northwest Chicago loft and released under the family-band name Tweedy, the album — by turns raucous and reflective — serves as something of a tribute to Jeff’s wife and Spencer’s mom, Sue Miller, who is battling lymphoma. Before heading off for a European tour, the group will play the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival at 4 p.m. next Sunday. We spoke to Jeff from his home.
Q: Does it feel good to step away from the expectations that come with Wilco?
A: It feels fresh, that’s for sure. I think every Wilco record that we made we were doing the best that we could do, more than having any internal pressure to innovate. It’s a lot simpler than people think. But this is different. I had to play all of the parts, with the exception of the drums, and force myself to figure out how to do some things I haven’t had to do in a long time, or ever.