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Son Volt

After touring in support of their 1993 masterpiece, Anodyne, the seminal alternative country band Uncle Tupelo split up over long-simmering creative differences between co-leaders Jay Farrar and Jeff Tweedy. Tweedy recruited much of the band to form Wilco, while Farrar teamed up with original Tupelo drummer Mike Heidorn to form Son Volt, the more tradition-minded of the two Tupelo offshoots. Joined by brothers Jim (bass) and Dave Boquist (guitar, fiddle, banjo, fiddle, steel guitar), the band signed to Warner Bros. and released its debut album, Trace, in 1995. It was greeted with excellent reviews from most critics, offering a set of stark, subtle, mostly downbeat songs that drew from traditional country, folk, and roots rock. The single "Drown" was successful on both college and rock radio, and the band subsequently added unofficial fifth member Eric Heywood on mandolin and pedal steel for its second album, 1997's Straightaways.

While Straightaways mined territory similar to Trace and again received positive reviews, some found Farrar's lack of creative progression troubling, and although 1998's Wide Swing Tremolo was a somewhat harder-rocking affair, the erosion of critical support for the group continued. They ended up on an unofficial hiatus (rumors of their breakup were denied), and Farrar debuted as a solo artist with 2001's Sebastopol, putting the future of Son Volt in further doubt. He continued with his solo career throughout 2002 and 2003, and in 2005 Rhino issued Retrospective: 1995-2000. But Son Volt weren't over. Farrar revived the nameplate in July 2005 with the issue of Okemah and the Melody of Riot (Legacy). For the album, recorded in St. Louis, Farrar was joined by drummer Dave Bryson, bassist Andrew DuPlantis, and ex-Backsliders guitarist Brad Rice. Search arrived in early 2007, followed by American Central Dust in 2009. Honky Tonk, full of pedal steel guitars and twin fiddles, and a sort of homage to the Bakersfield country sound, arrived early in 2013. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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Son Volt is my favorite all time band and Trace is my favorite album. I do miss the Boquist brothers in the new lineup. Jay Farrar is a very talented man.
saw him in lawrence, ks at the Bottleneck! great college town
great band god to dance to wife loves them to
ritchiec53
That's good country.
Loving this!
Steve Huey's band bio above is pretty poor. He doesn't seem to recognize the depth of Jay Farrar's genius, or the evolution of Son Volt.
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Oh man, SO great in concert. 19 years old, broke University student, chilling on a couch (that should have been condemned), drinking cheap beer, with my BF,and Son Volt playing… great memory just re-lived by hearing this song, CHECK. Thanks Son Volt!!
Truly epic!
danzigirwin
Both the Jay Farrar and Jeff Tweedy realizations of what Uncle Tupelo SHOULD have been, have yielded mostly great results. The little that isn't is merely better than most. I waver between Jay And Jeff depending on my mood. And Nels Cline is a perfect edition to a band that's seen some transitions.
Good taint maintenance music
Love these guys...what a great sound ...it reminds me of the 1st time I waxed a taint
just saw them again in Seattle, one of the most hypnotic voices ever
acsrandy67
Music is subjective it either moves you or it doesn't. No need to bash any artist they are all building block of the of groups that we become to love.

Jay and tweedy would be what they are with out each other. Thank you both
I see what you did there jessica
Current Son Volt also features the impeccable talents of Mark Spenser in a variety of roles
webersf
What about the exqusite sad beauty of Son Volt ?
Well kick up some dust, and blow me away. Or is that roll me away, I can't remember.
Love Medicine Hat...
Very much a big fan of Son Volt---I more preferred the stuff done by Jar Farrar back in the Uncle Tupelo days and prefer Son Volt over Wilco for some reason--I like the way that Jay Farrar often uses his voice as if it were another instrument.
Townes Van Zandt song.
webersf
What do I love about Jay Farrar & Son Volt & Uncle Tup. Some thing for sure , 's meloncoly , rememerings . Something special though
Jay Farrar's lack of creative progression?
long time fan of Uncle Tupelo, Son Volt, and Wilco. Reminds me when we used to watch all of them in college every month or so at the Blue Note and then hang out at Denny's where they used to go after their show. Strange that Uncle Tupelo would incite mosh pits but fun nontheless. Love em or hate em, Uncle Tupelo is one of the founding bands of the alt.country genre. (AKA No Depression named after their album.)
guys, guys, why do we have to compare bands...just enjoy the music. "he's better, no he's better, he's an a-hole, (im sure you would know)." come on now.
kdf999
I love it! This is the first time I've heard Son Volt. (I've heard Wilco & didn't like them.) Pandora gave it to me because I'm listening to the Band.
Ahem... Uncle Tupelo were just not all that good. I've seen 'em, I've heard 'em.. Their songs are -- on average -- not that good. Not nearly as good as this album, Trace.
Love & respect to Jay and Son Volt!!!
jdo4917
Trace is one of the Best Albums of All Time !
i like this groove quite a bit would love to see them at the wellmont montclair nj
Great band.Trace was great OAMOR and ACD are also fine collections.
stopdavestop
Trace is one of the best records of the nineties.
raphaellorr
was diappointed that slide guitar was a synth instrument, other than that good show
marc_schmitz 7
Really looking forward to seeing Farrar at the end of Jan. with Ben Gibbard for the "One Fast Move..." show at Turner Hall. Great Record.
marc_schmitz 7
Fall and winter scream Son Volt and Farrar. Love putting Straightaway s and Trace on for a fall drive around the crisp Wisconsin countryside. Trace is a masterpiece. . . s t a r t to finish a perfect record. Saw them at the Pabst in Sept. and it was the best I've seen in any incarnation since 1996. Would love to hear Jay make James Walbourne a permanent member. Seems to bring a smile to Jays face during those scorching solos!
casutphin6
when in doubt
move on
no need to sort it out
I don't know why you thank Tom, why unquestionab l y follow a suggestive player( pubbie), it never left visibility or audible recognition. Where did you go? Get with the people. We are all around you.
Thank you Tom Smith. I am not familiar with this man, but I sure plan on it. Love his voice and music. I don't know where music like this went, but I hope it comes back.
cpfischer
Trace is one of ten albums I'd want if I were stranded on a desert island. I love Son Volt.
tom.smith4
Anyone not familiar with Son Volt should secure a copy of "Trace" at once, listen to it repeatedly, then declare yourself a more complete music fan. Once you've done this, you'll do two more things. First, you'll thank me. Second, you'll go get yourself copies of everything else Mr. Jay Farrar has been associated with.
Trace is one the best albums of all times. Were did music like that go?
I knew someone would bring up Jeff Tweedy sooner or later. Wonder why we can't just say that their styles are different. Though I tend to agree with "mescalman", continued comparison between the two artists is not only tiresome, but sounds like someone somewhere is keeping score so everyone will know who "loses." Both have a loyal fanbase, and that isn't losing in my book.
masbaum004
Love listening to a 'truer sound.' I'm just glad someone somewhere is still making music like this. I feel kinda connected to all you who are showing your love here, 'cause I know you get it...Right on.
mescalman
Jeff Tweedy is around five times the self serving jerk that Jay Farrar is.
Jeff Tweedy is around five times the artist that Jay Farrar is.
Been one of my most listened to groups since my Led Zeppelin days. Always sounds good and each successive album is better than the previous.
arialthefont
pert near every song on pert near every cd rulez
arialthefont
over 10 yrs. now. saw jay at majestic theater detroit michigan okemah and still has that great sound/lyricz more than awesome...na i l b e n d e r 7 1 1
Like Uncle Tupelo before, this is the best their generation. All the way around, outstanding.
Take me back, North Carolina
Take me back, Arkansas
lyrics to "Methampheta m i n e " off the new album

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