Jay Farrar and Steve Earle on the Talkhouse Podcast

This week’s Talkhouse episode features a pair of legends from the alt-country or country or No Depression or Americana worlds—you pick. It’s Jay Farrar of Son Volt along with singer-songwriter (and many other things) Steve Earle.

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The Bluegrass Station Premiers New Single “Livin’ In the USA”

The Bluegrass Station has premiered the new single and lyric video for the third single off ‘Electro Melodier’.

“The song didn’t start out as an intentional homage thing, but in retrospect I see it as a nod to Springsteen’s ‘Born in the USA’ or Neil Young’s ‘Rockin in the Free World.’ Those songs established a thematic tradition. I’m just updating and asking similar questions. How can so much wrong happen in this country that’s held up as an example of what’s righteous? Is America the healthiest or happiest country? Democratic Darwinism is the brutal American reality……” — Jay Farrar

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NEW ALBUM ELECTRO MELODIER OUT JULY 30

Son Volt’s tenth album, Electro Melodier, will be available on July 30. The first single “Reverie” is available today. The title, taken from the names of two vintage amplifiers from the late ‘40s and early ‘50s, also describes the album’s unique blend of folk, country, blues, soul and rock – an electric troubadour with melodies that hit and stick. Social protest songs like “Livin’ in the U.S.A.” and “The Globe,” the former about the promises of this nation gone wrong, the latter referencing the street protests accompanying the Black Lives Matter movement, exist side by side with odes to long-term relationships (specifically his 25-year marriage) in “Diamonds and Cigarettes” and “Lucky Ones.”

Once again accompanied by the current Son Volt line up – keyboardist/steel guitarist Mark Spencer, bassist Andrew Duplantis, guitarist Chris Frame and drummer Mark Patterson – Farrar takes a slight turn from 2019’s politically pointed Union to a series of songs that asks questions rather than demanding answers – think of “Livin’ in the U.S.A.” as Farrar’s version of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.,” Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World” or Patti Smith’s “People Have the Power,” an anthem to unite the populace.

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SON VOLT ON TOUR

The band will begin to start playing dates in August 2021. There will be some dates throughout the rest of 2021 and continue through 2022. Please check the tour page for more info.

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NEW MERCHANDISE IN THE SON VOLT STORE

You can pre-order Electro Melodier through the Son Volt store. We are also offering a version of the album on transparent red vinyl (only 800 pressed), as well as new t-shirts and a hat. More new merchandise to come!

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LIMITED EDITION 25TH ANNIVERSARY TRACE LYRIC BOOK

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Son Volt’s Trace, we are releasing a keepsake fine press book that includes lyrics and notes from Jay on the songs as well as a personal foreword by Jason Isbell and multiple original artworks by Phil Blank. Designed by Horse & Buggy Press (coincidentally moving into their 25th year anniversary as well), the 32-page 7×11 inch book is printed in full color on heavyweight, uncoated text paper. This limited edition of 1,500 copies features covers printed on a hand-fed, hand-cranked letterpress as well as a hand-sewn binding to create a rich, tactile artifact as intimate and imbued with emotion as the songs themselves. A printed bookmark completes the package. The books are available via the Son Volt store.

While we are trying our best to get these delivered by the holidays, please do not count on that. Books signed by Jay are $50. Unsigned books are $40. Specifications:

  • Lyrics and notes by Jay Farrar
  • Foreward by Jason Isbell
  • 7 x 10 inches
  • Full color 32 pages on heavyweight uncoated paper
  • Limited to 1500 copies
  • Hand-cranked letterpress with hand-sown binding
  • Designed by Horse & Buggy Press
  • Trace bookmark included
  • Limited amount signed by Jay Farrar

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26Live

On Friday, July 31, 2020, Son Volt released 26Live via the Son Volt store. This release includes 26 live songs for download from the 2020 Union tour.

Also included in the album download will be a NEW SINGLE from Son Volt – “These Are The Times”. The download will be available in several formats.

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SON VOLT’S LIVE AT THE ORANGE PEEL VINYL

Son Volt’s live album, Live at the Orange Peel, was originally pressed on transparent orange vinyl for Record Store day. We pressed an additional 500 copies on black vinyl for our store and tour. Recorded live at The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC on September 23, 2005, this double LP features 21 tracks, spanning Jay Farrar’s career with Son Volt and as a solo artist. Songs featured represent Trace, Straightaways, Wide Swing Tremolo, Sebastopol, and Okemah and the Melody of Riot.

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UPCOMING TOUR DATES

 
01/20/22 Orpheum Theater
Jesse Farrar (of Old Salt Union) opens
Flagstaff, AZ
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01/21/22 Pappy & Harriets
Jesse Farrar (of Old Salt Union) opens
Pioneertown, CA
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01/22/22 Teragram Ballroom
Jesse Farrar (of Old Salt Union) opens
Los Angeles, CA
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01/23/22 Casbah
Jesse Farrar (of Old Salt Union) opens
San Diego, CA
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01/25/22 Chapel
Jesse Farrar (of Old Salt Union) opens
San Francisco, CA
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01/26/22 Harlow's
Jesse Farrar (of Old Salt Union) opens
Sacramento, CA
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01/28/22 Aladdin Theatre
Jesse Farrar (of Old Salt Union) opens
Portland, OR
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01/29/22 Neptune
Jesse Farrar (of Old Salt Union) opens
Seattle, WA
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01/31/22 Olympic
Jesse Farrar (of Old Salt Union) opens
Boise, ID
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02/01/22 Commonwealth
Jesse Farrar (of Old Salt Union) opens
Salt Lake City, UT
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02/03/22 Boulder Theater
Jesse Farrar (of Old Salt Union) opens
Boulder, CO
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02/04/22 Lulu Downstairs
Jesse Farrar (of Old Salt Union) opens
Colorado Springs, CO
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02/23/22 The Englert
Jesse Farrar (of Old Salt Union) opens
Iowa City, IA
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02/24/22 Fine Line Music Hall
Jesse Farrar (of Old Salt Union) opens
Minneapolis, MN
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02/25/22 SPACE
Jesse Farrar (of Old Salt Union) opens
Evanston, IL
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02/26/22 SPACE
Jesse Farrar (of Old Salt Union) opens
Evanston, IL
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02/28/22 Beachland Ballroom
Jesse Farrar (of Old Salt Union) opens
Cleveland, OH
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03/01/22 Mr. Smalls
Jesse Farrar (of Old Salt Union) opens
Millvale, PA
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03/02/22 Birchmere
Jesse Farrar (of Old Salt Union) opens
Alexandria, VA
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03/03/22 Appel Center for the Arts
Jesse Farrar (of Old Salt Union) opens
York, PA
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03/04/22 Ardmore
Jesse Farrar (of Old Salt Union) opens
Ardmore, PA
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03/05/22 Levon Helm Studios
Jesse Farrar (of Old Salt Union) opens
Woodstock, NY
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03/06/22 Levon Helm Studios
Jesse Farrar (of Old Salt Union) opens
Woodstock, NY
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03/08/22 Warehouse
Jesse Farrar (of Old Salt Union) opens
Fairfield, CT
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03/09/22 SOPAC
Jesse Farrar (of Old Salt Union) opens
South Orange, NJ
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03/10/22 Brooklyn Bowl
Jesse Farrar (of Old Salt Union) opens
Brooklyn, NY
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03/11/22 Brooklyn Bowl
Jesse Farrar (of Old Salt Union) opens
Brooklyn, NY
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03/12/22 Sinclair
Jesse Farrar (of Old Salt Union) opens
Cambridge, MA
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03/13/22 Gateway City Arts
Jesse Farrar (of Old Salt Union) opens
Holyoke, MA
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03/15/22 Holland Theatre
Jesse Farrar (of Old Salt Union) opens
Bellefontaine, OH
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03/16/22 Magic Bag
Jesse Farrar (of Old Salt Union) opens
Ferndale, MI
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03/18/22 The Pageant
Jesse Farrar (of Old Salt Union) opens
St. Louis, MO
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04/22/22 The Saturn
S.G. Goodman opens
Birmingham, AL
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04/24/22 Songbirds
S.G. Goodman opens
Chattanooga, TN
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04/25/22 The Burl
S.G. Goodman opens
Lexington, KY
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04/26/22 The Basement East
S.G. Goodman opens
Nashville, TN
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04/28/22 Music Farm
S.G. Goodman opens
Charleston, SC
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04/29/22 Hargray Capitol Theatre
S.G. Goodman opens
Macon, GA
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04/30/22 Standard Deluxe
S.G. Goodman opens
Waverly, AL
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