Son Volt

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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 Brothers 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 mined territory similar to Trace and again received positive reviews, though some found Farrar's lack of creative progression troubling. 1998's Wide Swing Tremolo was a somewhat harder-rocking affair, but 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 wasn'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.
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11/19/2009 - Son Volt kicks up some 'Dust' and moves forward - Read More
07/14/2009 - Q&A: Dare I Ask Son Volt's Jay Farrar About The New Wilco Record? - Read More
04/07/2009 - Son Volt Turn To Dust - Read More
01/09/2009 - 'Search' goes on for Son Volt in 2009 - Read More
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Average Rating : 4.5              Total Reviews: 2

Son Volt  03/14/2010            
Rick`s Review
Every Time I hear the Name SON VOLT I am taken back to 1999 in Nashville where I saw this Band do an Amazen show opening up for John Cougar -What an Great Music Moment in my Life ~They are And Always have been the Real Deal!
Son Volt  04/29/2008            
I first heard the music of Son Volt about a year ago. Since then I have become to like them more and more. They are great musicians with really good songs.
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