Since the program was actually on the air with new episodes, now is perhaps the finest moment to be a Parks And Recreation fan. Mouse Rat, the show’s fictional Chris Pratt-led band, will release an actual album, The Awesome Album, about a month ago. Aside from Mouse Rat, Duke Silver (as Ron Swanson, aka Nick Offerman), Scott Tanner (a character performed by Jeff Tweedy), and Tanner’s band Land Ho make cameos on the tracklist.
Tanner’s song “Cold Water,” which also contains Silver, has now been released. Silver plays soxophone on the Wilco-esque song, and it’s possible that Offerman, who plays the sax in real life, is performing. “The Duke Silver saxophone playing is actually a real-life Nick Offerman thing,” Parks And Rec creator Michael Schur said in a 2011 interview. Nick is a real saxophonist, as evidenced by his performance in the season two episode. […] We could definitely have a long and happy run if we just based episodes on Nick Offerman’s real-life skills.”
Since Tweedy’s time on the show, it appears that he and Offerman have become friends. Offerman created the video for Tweedy’s band Tweedy’s song “Low Key” in 2014. “People that hike is really his demographic and it wasn’t necessarily mine, so a lot of people came up to him and spoke about his program and they totally overlooked me, even though it’s my program, too,” Tweedy said in 2019.