As a founder of alternative country pioneers Uncle Tupelo, a solo artist, and as the leader of Son Volt, Jay Farrar’s work often seeks out the ghosts of America’s discordant or forgotten past,converses at length with them, and writes songs that stake a claim to a better future. From his earliest recordings in the 1990s as a founding member of Uncle Tupelo, Jay Farrar has been a keen observer of the American landscape: its beauties and its tragedies, salvations, and poisons.
It’s a perspective that’s been hard-won by steady touring and travel through this nation, and Farrar’s two-decades as the leader of Son Volt (as well as impressive turns as an acclaimed solo artist and collaborator) have only deepened and sharpened his gift for capturing the sights and sounds of his American journey. Son Volt’s latest, Notes of Blue, is the broader blues of the folk process, where they have always lived, irrespective of culture and caste. Those entry points mean that Notes of Blue features far more fingerpicking than previous Son