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SON VOLT DELIVERS HONKY TONK
 
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STREAM THE ENTIRE 'HONKY TONK' ALBUM AT AMERICAN SONGWRITER.COM

VISIT SPINNER.COM TO HEAR "BAKERSFIELD" FROM 'HONKY TONK'

Honky Tonk is out now on Rounder Records!  The album features eleven new Son Volt songs that are inspired by the classic honky tonk sound of Bakersfield. Bandleader Jay Farrar observes, “Honky tonk music is about heartache, heartbreak, the road.” Honky Tonk stays true to what’s so appealing about honky tonk music, while stretching out its familiar contours into new shapes and spaces.

Farrar sees Honky Tonk as a record moving forward on the path toward a more acoustic-based music that Son Volt took on its last record, 2009’s American Central Dust (also on Rounder). “The record is a continuation of what was happening with American Central Dust,” observes Farrar. “Once again, I didn’t play much if any electric guitar.”

Like American Central Dust, Son Volt recorded Honky Tonk in Farrar’s studio in St. Louis, with Mark Spencer (who also plays bass guitar, pedal steel and keyboards) at the recording helm. Dave Bryson provided drums and other percussion. Most of the songs on Honky Tonk were written in a two-week burst, and many of its compositions mine a more thematic lyrical vein inspired by a traditional country music aesthetic, which Farrar first explored on the band’s previous record.

“I was always averse to using certain words in songs,” recalls Farrar, “including ‘love’ and ‘heart.’ But I started using them on [American Central Dust] and now I guess the floodgates have opened.”

 

EXCLUSIVE TOUR CDs IN THE STORE

Now available in Jay's Store and at shows are 4 new Cds. Dogtown Sessions, Artifacts, 1999, and Live In St. Louis. All of these titles are exclusively available here and at shows!
 
 

SON VOLT ON TOUR

New tour dates have been announced.  Please visit the tour page to see the latest information.  
 
 

JAY FARRAR'S, FALLING CARS AND JUNKYARD DOGS, OUT IN MARCH

Jay has written a book called Falling Cars and Junkyard Dogs.  It will be released in March via Counterpoint Press.  We will have more info to come.

PURCHASE BOOK

 

 
 

GUTHRIE PROJECT, NEW MULTITUDES


LISTEN TO "OLD LA"
from New Multitudes

Like a cadre of musical brothers finally coalescing after years on the road apart, Jay Farrar (Son Volt, Gob Iron, Uncle Tupelo), Will Johnson (Centro-matic, South San Gabriel), Anders Parker (Varnaline, Gob Iron) and Yim Yames (My Morning Jacket, Monsters of Folk) gratefully deliver New Multitudes, an intimate interpretation of American icon and musical legend Woody Guthrie’s previously unrecorded lyrics.

Set to coincide with the centennial celebration of Woody Guthrie’s birth year, New Multitudes will be released on February 28, 2012 by Rounder Records as a 12 track release and a 24 track limited edition.  The limited edition features original Guthrie lyric sheets, the 12 track release, and 12 additional compositions recorded by Farrar and Parker.  The album will also be available on vinyl.


We have created a new Facebook page for the group – www.facebook.com/newmultitudes Right now, we are streaming “Old L.A.” from the album, featuring Anders Parker on lead vocal.  Please “like” this page so you can receive updates including interview footage, live performance video, etc.

Under the invitation of Nora Guthrie, Woody’s daughter, to tour the Guthrie archives, each of the four songwriters were offered the chance to plumb and mine the plethora of notebooks, scratch pads, napkins, etc. for anything that might inspire them to lend their voices and give the words new life. "These guys worked on an amazing group of lyrics”, says Nora. “Much of it culled from Woody’s times in LA. Lyric wise, it’s a part of the story that is still mostly unknown. From Woody’s experiences on LA’s skid row to his later years in Topanga Canyon, they are uniquely intimate, and relate two distinctly emotional periods in his life.”

The spirit of Guthrie may have been involved in more ways than one, as all four songwriters mentioned the immediate connection to the songs they chose, or as they would suggest, “chose them.” The writing came together quickly, as if the mischief muse who originally penned them latched himself to each writer's grey matter upon first contact.

M
usically, it is this sense of collaboration that makes New Multitudes not just another trite and traditional acoustic regurgitation of back porch blues. From the ragged jangle of its opening track, “Hoping Machine”, the loping lilt of “Fly High”, the floorboard stomp of “No Fear”, to the lush warmth and sudden sonic gut punch of “My Revolutionary Mind” the cohorts deliver a lesson in discovering a song’s sweet spot. It’s the function and preparedness of each artist’s dogged work ethic gleaned the old-fashion way; veracious songs, road weary odometers, and sweat stained live shows, all attributes of the man they are honoring.

 
 
NEW MULTITUDES AUDIO CLIPS

Check out these audio clips of the guys speaking about the project on the New Multitudes Facebook page.
NEW MULTITUDES VIDEO ABOUT HOW THE PROJECT TOOK ROOT
Please keep an eye on the New Multitudes Facebook page as new videos will be added around the album’s February 28 release date.  Please “like” the New Multitudes Facebook page so you can be kept up to date with news about this project.

Jay Farrar: What was the process behind matching each artist to the lyrics?
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Jim James: How did the song for “Talking Empty Bed Blues” come about?
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Anders Parker: Did you write the music to accompany the lyrics or to fit the lyrics?
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Jay Farrar:
How did you first discover Woody Guthrie?

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Anders Parker: How did you first discover Woody Guthrie?
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Will Johnson: How did you first discover Woody Guthrie?
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Jay Farrar: What was the inspiration behind this project?
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Will Johnson: Where would you put Woody Guthrie on the list of artists who influenced you?
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JIM JAMES PERFORMS "TALKING EMPTY BED BLUES"

Watch Jim perform "Talking Empty Bed Blues" from 'New Mulititudes' via NPR!

 
 

WATCH NEW MULTITUDES
VIDEO PREVIEW

WORLD CAFÉ PERFORMANCE

On Tuesday, March 13 from 2-3 pm, Jay, Will, Anders and Jim will perform a taped set before a live audience at WXPN’s World Café. This performance will air at a later date on over 230 NPR stations. If you are a WXPN member, try and get tickets to the performance!
 

TERROIR BLUES: THE DOGTOWN SESSIONS

The latest digital release Terroir Blues: The Dogtown Sessions is now available through Jay’s web store as well as iTunes and all other digital outlets.


This latest release features an 11-track sequence, including 5 alternate mixes from the Terroir Blues session (“Cahokian”,  “Fool King's  Crown”, “Dent County”, “Out on the Road” and “Walk You Down”) as well as 6 re-mastered tracks from the original 2003 Terroir Blues release.

Jay’s web store exclusively features the album art for this release.

 
 
 

NEW MERCHANDISE ADDED TO JAY FARRAR STORE

The limited edition letterpress poster from Jay's recent solo tour is now available here . The 'Roosters' poster is limited to 200 are are 18" X 24". Check it out here!

Kerouac tour t-shirts and posters in Jay's Store are now available!  These shirts feature the dates of the shows on the back.  The posters are a beautiful woodcut and feature the dates as well.

 
 
SON VOLT - 'AMERICAN CENTRAL DUST'

Son Volt’s new album,American Central Dust,’, was released on July 7th!  You can purchase the CD or vinyl through the Jay Farrar store!

Son Volt returns with American Central Dust,’ on Rounder Records, a plaintive 12-song collection that recalls the melodic succinctness of the band’s debut album ‘Trace.’  After the musical experimentation of 2007’s ‘The Search, ’ ‘American Central Dust,’ the band’s first album on Rounder, refines the band’s robust sound. Fiddle, pedal steel, lap steel and sparkling piano add an atmospheric nuance to Son Volt’s Americana inspired rock, surrounding band leader Jay Farrar’s stream of consciousness lyrical imagery.
 
Album highlights include; the rootsy shuffle of album opener “Dynamite,” on which Farrar declares “this love is like celebrating the 4th of July with dynamite,” the tremolo soaked rocker “Down To The Wire,’ the gorgeous, piano led “Cocaine And Ashes,” an empathetic tribute to Keith Richards, references a man who’s “the same as everyone, just kind of lucky,” and ‘Sweetheart of the Rodeo’-esque rocker “No Turning Back.”

When asked about signing to the new label, Farrar said "Rounder has shown a long term commitment to music forms, like folk and blues, that I have a lot of respect for.  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"
 
‘American Central Dust’ features Jay Farrar (guitar, harmonica, vocals), Dave Bryson (drums), Andrew Duplantis (bass guitar, backing vocals), Chris Masterson (lead guitar), Mark Spencer (keyboards, steel guitar).  Son Volt’s national tour begins in July.

‘AMERICAN CENTRAL DUST’ tracklist:
1. Dynamite, 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, 9. Exiles, 10. Sultana, 11. Strength And Doubt, 12. Jukebox of Steel

 
 
 
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ON THE ROAD

DATE VENUE
CITY, STATE
INFO
August 8th, 2015

Open Highway Music Festival
Off Broadway

St. Louis, MO

Jay Farrar
accompanied by Gary Hunt

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Son Volt - The Search Press Photo
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Left to right: Gary Hunt, Jay Farrar, Dave Bryson, Mark Spencer, Andrew Duplantis
Photo: Emily Nathan



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