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After touring in support of their 1993 masterpiece, Anodyne, the seminal alternative country band Uncle Tupelo split up over long-simmering creative differences between co-leaders Jay Farrar and Jeff Tweedy. Tweedy recruited much of the band to form Wilco, while Farrar teamed up with original Tupelo drummer Mike Heidorn to form Son Volt, the more tradition-minded of the two Tupelo offshoots. Joined by brothers Jim (bass) and Dave Boquist (guitar, fiddle, banjo, fiddle, steel guitar), the band signed to Warner Bros. and released its debut album, Trace, in 1995. It was greeted with excellent reviews from most critics, offering a set of stark, subtle, mostly downbeat songs that drew from traditional country, folk, and roots rock. The single "Drown" was successful on both college and rock radio, and the band subsequently added unofficial fifth member Eric Heywood on mandolin and pedal steel for its second album, 1997's Straightaways. While Straightaways mined territory similar to Trace and again received positive reviews, some found Farrar's lack of creative progression troubling, and although 1998's Wide Swing Tremolo was a somewhat harder-rocking affair, the erosion of critical support for the group continued. They ended up on an unofficial hiatus (rumors of their breakup were denied), and Farrar debuted as a solo artist with 2001's Sebastopol, putting the future of Son Volt in further doubt. He continued with his solo career throughout 2002 and 2003, and in 2005, Rhino issued Retrospective: 1995-2000. But Son Volt weren't over. Farrar revived the nameplate in July 2005 with the issue of Okemah and the Melody of Riot (Legacy). For the album, recorded in St. Louis, Farrar was joined by drummer Dave Bryson, bassist Andrew DuPlantis, and ex-Backsliders guitarist Brad Rice. Search arrived in early 2007, followed by American Central Dust in 2009. Honky Tonk, full of pedal steel guitars and twin fiddles, and a sort of homage to the Bakersfield country sound, arrived early in 2013. In 2015, Rhino Records marked the 20th Anniversary of the release of Trace with an expanded and remastered edition of the album, including Farrar's original songwriting demos for the album and tracks from a Son Volt concert recorded in New York City in February 1996. Farrar supported the re-release with a solo tour in which he performed the album's songs in full. ~ Steve Huey
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Albums by
Son Volt

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    11 songs

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    Honky Tonk

    14 songs

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    The Search (Deluxe Version)

    14 songs

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    The Search

    14 songs

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    Wide Swing Tremolo

    10 songs

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    Straightaways

    11 songs

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    Trace

    37 songs

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    Trace [Remastered & Expanded]

    12 songs

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    American Central Dust

    4 songs

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    A Retrospective 1995-2000 [EP]

    1 song

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    The Picture (Album Version)

    20 songs

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    A Retrospective: 1995-2000

    13 songs

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    Okemah and the Melody of Riot

    6 songs

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    Afterglow 61 EP

    1 song

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    Bandages & Scars

    22 songs

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    On Chant and Strum

    16 songs

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    Live from Austin TX [DVD]

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    6 String Belief [DVD]


Top Songs by
Son Volt

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  2.   Tear Stained Eye
  3.   Drown
  4.   Flow
  5.   The Picture
  6.   Windfall
  7.   Bakersfield
  8.   Angel of the Blues
  9.   Wild Side
  10.   Down to the Wire
  11.   Down the Highway
  12.   Hearts and Minds
  13.   Catching On
  14.   Ten Second News
  15.   Route
  16.   Looking at the World Through a Windshield
  17.   Out of the Picture
  18.   Picking Up the Signal
  19.   Pushed Too Far
  20.   Mystifies Me
  21.   Automatic Society
  22.   Too Early
  23.   Highways and Cigarettes
  24.   Gramophone
  25.   Driving the View
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