Son Volt with Jesse Farrar of Old Salt Union
Wednesday, 16 March @ 19:00
The Magic Bag, Ferndale
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Limited Seating. First Come, First Served. ALL AGES2020 was not quite what Jay Farrar was expecting for the 25th anniversary of Son Volt, the band he started in 1995 after leaving the seminal group Uncle Tupelo, whose No Depression album helped define the alt-country and Americana genre. The group had just finished an Outlaw Country Cruise when the pandemic hit and sent them into their homes on lock down. Instead of a triumphant tour marking the illustrious landmark, Farrar was forced indoors by the pandemic, and his Reverie during that time helped define Electro Melodier, Son Volts 10th studio album and third for influential Nashville indie Thirty Tigers. The title, taken from the names of two vintage amplifiers from the late 40s and early 50s, also describes the discs unique blend of folk, country, blues, soul and rock an electric troubadour with melodies that hit and stick. Social protest songs like Living in the U.S.A. and The Globe, the former about the promises of this nation gone wrong, the latter referencing the street protests accompanying the Black Lives Matter movement, exist side by side with odes to long-term relationships (specifically his 25-year marriage) in Diamonds and Cigarettes and Lucky Ones. Once again accompanied by the current Son Volt line up keyboardist/steel guitarist Mark Spencer, bassist Andrew Duplantis, guitarist Chris Frame and drummer Mark Patterson Farrar takes a slight turn from 2019s politically pointed Union to a series of songs that asks questions rather than demanding answers think of Living in the U.S.A. as Farrars version of Bruce Springsteens Born in the U.S.A., Neil Youngs Rockin in the Free World or Patti Smiths People Have the Power, an anthem to unite the populace. I had more time to devote to and concentrate on the writing, says Farrar about his enforced quarantine. We were fortunate in that we had just released Union and toured the country, so we were off cycle. It was still a rough year, but as a songwriter, I was able to make the most of it. Im just asking the same question, how can so much go wrong in a country that is held up as an example to the world of something righteous, explains Farrar about songs like Living in the U.S.A., in which you can hear doom saying prophecies like Barry McGuires Eve of Destruction set to the guitar riffs of Lou Reeds Sweet Jane. Still based in St. Louis (It kinda makes sense as a central location for touring because all the interstates connect through here), Farrar was born in Belleville, IL, where he formed Uncle Tupelo with his high school classmate Jeff Tweedy. We had similar musical interests and took it from there, says Jay modestly about the groundbreaking group. Farrar is grateful to his wife of 25 years, a sentiment which he expresses lovingly on Diamonds and Cigarettes featuring vocals by country singer Laura Cantrell, along with songs like the soulful Lucky Ones and Sweet Refrain, a song that captures the spirit of Bentonia, Mississippi, home of Skip James along with name checks for local legends Jimmy Duck Holmes and the Bluefront Cafe. These are the Times was recorded entirely remotely by Zoom, signaling one of the new methods of making music ushered in by Covid. With tour dates scheduled before the end of 2021, Son Volt is ready to return to what they know best after a welcome period of introspection.