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|Birth name||John Chadwick Stiratt|
|Genres||Alternative rock, alt.country, folk-rock, indie pop, indie rock|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, songwriter, producer|
|Instruments||Bass, guitar, piano, keyboards, synthesiser, banjo, violin|
|Labels||Sire Records, Reprise Records, Nonesuch Records, Broadmoor Records, Yep Roc Records|
|Associated acts||Wilco, The Hilltops, Laurie Stirratt, Uncle Tupelo, Courtesy Move, The Autumn Defense, The Minus 5, Sherry Rich, Tim Easton, Jeff Black, 7 Worlds Collide, Neil Finn, Cary Hudson, Blue Mountain, Preston School of Industry, Ray LaMontagne, Split Single|
He played regularly around the Southeastern US with The Hilltops, a band based in Oxford, Mississippi, that included his twin sister Laurie Stirratt and her husband Cary Hudson. During this time he met and befriended the band Uncle Tupelo and supported them on tours of the East and Midwest.
After the breakup of The Hilltops in 1990 Stirratt recorded a record under the name The Gimmecaps and briefly joined the Lafayette, Louisiana, band The Bluerunners before joining Uncle Tupelo in 1992 as bassist/guitarist on their last album Anodyne.
Wilco and The Autumn Defense
After the breakup of Uncle Tupelo, Stirratt rejoined Jeff Tweedy, Ken Coomer, and Max Johnston to found Wilco in 1994. Since the founding of Wilco, Stirratt and Tweedy are the only members to contribute to all Wilco releases. Stirratt also joined Wilco members Jay Bennett and Ken Coomer to form Courtesy Move, an early Wilco side project that recorded an album in late 1996 that was never released.