SON VOLT DATES 1/21-2/4 CANCELLED

COVID ALERT: Well, we gave it the old college try! Due to positive Covid tests within our touring party, we are forced to pull the plug on these dates (through Colorado Springs, CO on February 4). We really tried to make a go of it and are so bummed to have to do this. We are working on rescheduling so please hold on to your tickets and we hope to see you on the road soon.


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

WATCH THE LYRIC VIDEO


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.

TOUR DATES


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

 
06/26/22 Route 66 Road Fest Tulsa, OK
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06/28/22 Codfish Hollow Barnstormers Maquoketa, IA
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06/29/22 The Stable Music Hall Bloomington, IL
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06/30/22 Summerfest Milwaukee, WI
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07/01/22 Fitzgerald's - American Music Festival Berwyn, IL
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07/02/22 The Bluebird Bloomington, IN
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07/30/22 Red Ants Pants Music Festival White Sulphur Springs, MT
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08/01/22 The Olympic
Jack Broadbent opens
Boise, ID
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08/02/22 Commonwealth
Jack Broadbent opens
Salt Lake City, UT
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08/04/22 Boulder Theater
Jack Broadbent opens
Boulder, CO
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08/05/22 Aggie Theatre
Jack Broadbent opens
Fort Collins, CO
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08/06/22 The Arts Campus at Willits
Jack Broadbent opens
Basalt, CO
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08/07/22 Lulu Downstairs
Jack Broadbent opens
Colorado Springs, CO
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