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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
GUTHRIE PROJECT, NEW MULTITUDES
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.
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.”
MULTITUDES AUDIO CLIPS
Check out these audio clips of the guys speaking about the project on the New Multitudes Facebook page.
Farrar: What was the process behind matching each artist to
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
VOLT - 'AMERICAN CENTRAL DUST'
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
CENTRAL DUST’ tracklist:
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