Son Volt returns in July
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
– Son Volt will be back with "American Central Dust," on July 7 via Rounder Records. The disc contains 12 songs from the band fronted by Jay Farrar. This will be the band's debut on Rounder.
"Rounder has shown a long term commitment to music forms, like folk and blues, that I have a lot of respect for," said Farrar. "Going with Rounder has been a kind of a full circle continuum - the first Rounder person I met with was instrumental in booking Uncle Tupelo gigs years ago"
The CD features Jay Farrar (guitar, harmonica, vocals), Dave Bryson (drums), Andrew Duplantis (bass guitar, backing vocals), Chris Masterson (lead guitar), Mark Spencer, who once upon a time was in Boston band Blood Oranges (keyboards, steel guitar). Son Volt's national tour begins in July.
The song list is:
2. Down To The Wire
3. Roll On
4. Cocaine And Ashes
5. Dust Of Daylight
6. When The Wheels Don't Move
7. No Turning Back
8. Pushed Too Far
11. Strength And Doubt
12. Jukebox of Steel
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