Tag Archives: Alt/Country

You should be listening to Son Volt!

Son Volt is the band that Jay Farrar formed upon the demise of Uncle Tupelo in 1994.  While their debut “Trace” was met with critical acclaim, as where the follow ups “Straightaways” and “Wide Swing Tremolo”, Son Volt was not as commercially successful as some of the bands that were emerging on the music scene in the late 90’s. 

While often lumped in the Alt/Country genre due to his early work with Uncle Tupelo, Farrar expanded the sound of Son Volt in to a more traditional Americana type sound.  Son Volt’s use of steel and acoustic guitars, pianos, organs, and Farrar’s lonesome vocals conjure up visions of America of long ago. The stylized texture provides an organic feel to their music and further distances them from the Alt/Country scene.  This is really evident on their latest release “American Central Dust”.

Early rumors and speculation that surrounded Son Volt’s demise were unfounded despite the solo albums and tours of Jay Farrar from 2001 – 2003.  In 2005, a retrospective was released and shortly thereafter, Farrar recruited some new band members and released “Okemah and the Melody Riot” in 2006.  As it stands today, Jay Farrar is the only original member of Son Volt. 

In 2009, Farrar team up with Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie) and recorded the album “One Fast Move Or I’m Gone” Music from Jack Kerouac’s Big Sur.

Son Volt Discography

  • Trace
  • Straightaways
  • Wide Swing Tremolo
  • A Retrospective 1995-2000
  • Okemah and the Melody Riot
  • The Search
  • American Central Dust

Top 5 Son Volt Songs according to Butler (Albums listed to right of song):

  1. Methamphetamine (The Search)
  2. Windfall (Trace)
  3. World Waits For You (Okemah and the Melody Riot)
  4. Circadian Rhythms (The Search)
  5. Back Into Your World (Straightaways)

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Son Volt’s music is available is available on iTunes, record stores and www.sonvolt.net.

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You should be listening to Whiskeytown!

Whiskeytown is an Alt/Country band that was formed and fronted by mercurial singer/songwriter Ryan Adams in 1994.  Whiskeytown was one of the most influential and successful bands that helped define the Alt/Country sound of the 90’s along with Uncle Tupelo, The Jayhawks, and The Old 97’s.  Much like the aforementioned artists, Whiskeytown gradually expanded its sound beyond the confines of Alt/Country.

Their full length debut “Faithless Street” was released in 1996 and earned considerable recognition and praise from the Alt/Country press.  By the time they released their sophomore effort”Stanger’s Almanac” in 1997, they had a new rhythm section.  In 1999, they completed their third and final album “Pneumonia” but due to label mergers it was not released until 2001.  By this time, Adam’s had released his solo album “Heartbreaker” and was receiving critical acclaim which sent him further down the solo path. 

Whiskeytown, much like their contemporary, Uncle Tupelo, had a short lived career as a band due to the volatility of lead singer Ryan Adams.  In five short years, they put out three albums with a revolving door of musicians.  Only Ryan Adams and violinist Cary Caitlin appear on all three Whiskeytown albums.

Whiskeytown Discography

  • Faithless Street
  • Stanger’s Almanac
  • Pneumonia

Top 5 Whiskeytown Songs according to Butler (Albums listed to right of song):

  1. 16 Days (Faithless Street)
  2. Jacksonville Skyline (Pneumonia)
  3. Inn Town (Stranger’s Almanac)
  4. Don’t Wanna Know Why (Pneumonia)
  5. House on the Hill (Stranger’s Almanac) 

Since the early demise of Whiskeytown, there have been consistent rumors of a reunion, the most recent, and coming from Ryan Adams himself, in 2009. 

Check out Whiskeytown and let me know what you think.

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