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Son Volt offers new CD; Jayhawks anthology drops

Tuesday, July 7, 2009 – It's a slow stretch for new releases with Son Volt having the only release this week - "American Central Dust" - from an established label. Jay Farrar, of course, was one of the key players of Uncle Tupelo, before splitting off to Son Volt and solo outings. The new disc includes a dozen songs.

"Music From the North Country: The Jayhawks Anthology" is the first ever compilation from The Jayhawks. The American/Legacy Recordings release is a collection of 20 songs and album tracks that span from their 1989 debut, "Blue Earth," to 2003's "Rainy Day Music." Formed in Minneapolis in 1985 around the songwriting duo of Mark Olson and Gary Louris with bassist Marc Perlman, The Jayhawks merged country, folk and rock. After four studio albums (including "Hollywood Town Hal"l and "Tomorrow The Green Grass"), Olson left in 1995, leaving Louris to carry on with a changing lineup of band members, releasing "Sound Of Lies," "Smile" and "Rainy Day Music." The 20-song career overview will be released separately as a single CD on its own, and as the cornerstone of a deluxe 3-disc set. The pack will contain an additional CD of Jayhawks rarities - out-of-print tracks, demos, outtakes, alternate versions, single B-sides, live material, and one cut from their indie self-released, self-titled debut album of 1986 on the Bunkhouse label (referred to as "The Bunkhouse Album." Fourteen of the 20 tracks on this rarities CD are unreleased.

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Notes of Blue CD review - Notes of Blue
Son Volt's "Notes of Blue" is said to be influenced by the blues (among other musical styles), and the blues is most at the fore during "Cherokee St.," a stomping, electric guitar-driven blues rocker. The song has the stripped-down sound of a Blind Willie Johnson sermon, although lead vocalist Jay Farrar is by no means the gravelly singer Johnson was. Still, it has that vibe. Farrar and band mates are just as effective with "The Storm," a more acoustic approach to the blues. »»»
Trace (Remastered and Expanded) CD review - Trace (Remastered and Expanded)
Son Volt was one of the two bands that rose from the considerable ashes of the May 1994 Uncle Tupelo breakup. While Jeff Tweedy and the current Uncle Tupelo lineup formed Wilco, his former partner, singer/songwriter/instrumentalist Jay Farrar, teamed with Uncle Tupelo founding drummer Mike Heidorn to create Son Volt. Fans knew what to expect from the formidable but volatile Tweedy/Farrar partnership, but what would come from these new efforts? Any lingering questions or doubts were answered when »»»
Honky Tonk CD review - Honky Tonk
Jay Farrar and his band Son Volt likely never set out to reinvent country music, but after rising from the ashes of the renegade roots outfit Uncle Tupelo, it was inevitable that they'd put a modern spin on the traditional sounds they were attempting to emulate. Yet, while former band mate Jeff Tweedy took his spin-off, Wilco, into wholly unlikely and strangely twisted directions, Farrar and company more or less kept their eye on the heartland and crafted songs more becoming of their Americana origins. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Carlile warms hearts with empathetic thoughts – Brandi Carlile, dressed festively with a Santa hat, began her mid-week concert set with Joni Mitchell's "River" and closed with the carol "O Holy Night." In between, she sang about an equal measure of old and new songs. And on this first night of a short acoustic tour, Carlile was both in fine spirits and voice.... »»»
Concert Review: Daniels wears out bows, but music endures – After each of the first few songs Charlie Daniels played, his 'fiddle tech (?)' exchanged his bow. Is this because he was playing particularly hard? Perhaps. Whatever the case, Daniels and his five-piece band clearly appeared to be giving it their all during the act's hour-and-a-half set. As it is the Christmas month, Daniels sang a... »»»
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