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By day John Stirratt and Patrick Sansone make albums and tour the world as members of Wilco, while lending their writing, playing and producing abilities to dozens of high-profile recordings. By night they can sit down, relax and create something special that comes straight from the heart of their mutual pursuit of music as a career – the Autumn Defense. After releasing 2007’s self-titled The Autumn Defense on their own Broadmoor label, Stirratt and Sansone teamed up with North Carolina’s Yep Roc Records to release their latest full-length effort, Once Around. For the past nine years, this pair of Southerners-turned-Chicagoans quietly nurtured the reverent, classic pop of the Autumn Defense. From 2000’s debut effort The Green Hour to the critically lauded, salt-of-the-earth folk rock of 2003’s Circles, the Autumn Defense developed its late afternoon sound with the help of a recording and touring band that includes longtime drummer Greg Wiecorek, James Haggerty on bass, and John Pirruccello on guitars.