The Boot premieres “Reality Winner” from Union

Thanks to The Boot for premiering “Reality Winner” from ‘Union’ (out March 29).

As far as Farrar is concerned, Winner is a “merchant of truth” who is serving hard time for being a whistleblower. The story itself is one that has hardly garnered any attention; acknowledging the silence that surrounds Winner’s incarceration, Farrar realizes that this song probably won’t be the most popular — but that won’t keep him from speaking his mind.

“I felt like the idea for this song was to at least bring some awareness to her plight,” Farrar admits.

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Paste Magazine premieres "The Reason" from Union

Listen to a new track from Son Volt’s forthcoming Union, exclusively at Paste! Of the song Jay Farrar says “Lyrically the song touches on the ambivalence of watching one’s kids set out as adults—knowing the adventures and trials they will go through. Musically it’s all about the 12-string guitar (acoustic and electric) and that inspirational sound of The Byrds and Tom Petty.”

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PRE-ORDER NEW ALBUM UNION

PRE-ORDER VINYL / CD / DIGITAL

Son Volt’s ninth studio album, Union (Transmit Sound/Thirty Tigers), will be released worldwide on March 29th.

Jay Farrar channels folk music’s enduring legacy of the troubadour on Union. “There are so many forces driving our country apart,” observes Farrar. “What can we do to bring our society back together?” Initially intended to be an entirely political statement, Union morphed into a combination of politically inspired material balanced by a cluster of new songs reflecting the power of love, time and music that sustains us. “While Rome Burns” emphasizes finding unity during times of turmoil while an album highlight, “Devil May Care,” offers the distraction we need, an effusive tribute to the fun of playing and creating music.

A unique aspect of Union is that eight of the thirteen songs were recorded at places associated with two figures in American history whom Farrar considers important – labor and community organizer Mary Harris “Mother Jones” and iconic folk hero Woody Guthrie. Three songs were tracked at the Mother Jones Museum in Mount Olive, IL and four others were recorded at the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The legacy of Woody Guthrie helped to inform Union’s closing song “The Symbol” which was inspired by Guthrie’s classic “Deportee” (“Plane Wreck at Los Gatos”).

Union features long time band members Mark Spencer (piano, organ, acoustic slide, lap steel, backing vocals) Andrew DuPlantis (bass, backing vocals), returning member Chris Frame (guitar), as well as newest member Mark Patterson on drums and percussion.

Tracklist:

While Rome Burns
The 99
Devil May Care
Broadsides
Reality Winner
Union
The Reason

Lady Liberty
Holding Your Own
Truth To Power Blues
Rebel Girl
Slow Burn
The Symbol



GOB IRON’S “DEATH SONGS FOR THE LIVING” TO BE REISSUED + NEW 7-INCH

In conjunction with the release of Union, Gob Iron’s Death Songs for the Living will be reissued on March 29. In addition to download and CD, the album will also be released for the first time on vinyl. In time for Record Store Day 2019, Gob Iron will release a 7-inch with two new original songs from Jay Farrar and Anders Parker.


Billboard Premieres ‘Devil May Care’ from Union

Listen to a new track from Son Volt’s forthcoming Union, exclusively on Billboard! “I was raised around folk music and political commentary,” Farrar notes. “I’ve listened to Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan enough over the years, so it just felt like second nature. I felt it was my job, in a way.I’m a musician, what can I do to potentially help or change somebody’s thinking? What I can do is write, so I did.” New album out March 29 via Thirty Tigers.

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UPCOMING TOUR DATES

Date City Venue
     
04/13/19 Luckenbach, TX
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Western Music Festival
     
04/18/19 Columbia, MO
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Rose Hall
 
04/19/19 Columbia, MO
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Rose Hall
 
 
04/20/19 Louisville, KY
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Iroquois Amphitheater
Son Volt opening for Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit
04/23/19 Kansas City, MO
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Knuckleheads Saloon
 
04/24/19 Minneapolis, MN
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First Avenue
 
04/25/19 LaCrosse, WI
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Cavalier Theatre
 
04/26/19 Madison, WI
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Majestic Theatre
 
04/27/19 Chicago, IL
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Thalia Hall
 
04/28/19 Ann Arbor, MI
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The Ark
 
04/30/19 Pittsburgh, PA
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Mr. Small’s
 
05/01/19 Ardmore, PA
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Ardmore Music Hall
 
05/02/19 Boston, MA
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Paradise
 
05/03/19 Woodstock, NY
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Levon Helm Studios
 
05/04/19 Brooklyn, NY
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Music Hall of Williamsburg
 
05/05/19 Washington, DC
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9:30 Club
 
05/07/19 Richmond, VA
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The Broadberry
 
05/08/19 Charlotte, NC
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Neighborhood Theatre
 
05/09/19 Saxapahaw, NC
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Haw River Ballroom
 
05/10/19 Asheville, NC
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Orange Peel
 
05/11/19 Chattanooga, TN
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Songbirds
 
06/18/19 Oklahoma City, OK
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Jones Assembly
 
06/19/19 Austin, TX
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Scoot Inn
 
06/20/19 Dallas, TX
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Kessler Theatre
 
06/21/19 Houston, TX
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Heights Theater
 
06/22/19 Baton Rouge, LA
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Bandito Festival
 
06/23/19 Birmingham, AL
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The Saturn
 
06/25/19 Atlanta, GA
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Variety Theater
 
06/26/19 Memphis, TN
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Lafayette’s
 
06/27/19 Nashville, TN
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Basement East
 
06/28/19 Indianapolis, IN
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HIFI
 
06/29/19 Butler, OH
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Smoky Run Mountain Festival