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

SThe 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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SON VOLT RADIO / LOST TRACKS AND FOUND SOUNDS w/ JAY FARRAR

Son Volt Radio s the official repository of live Son Volt music running 24/7! 

In addition is the “Lost Tracks and Found Sounds” channel which plays live Son Volt, unreleased demos, plus unreleased live solo recordings along with selections from the entire studio catalog (Son Volt, Jay Farrar, Gob Iron, New Multitudes, etc). 

Also available to stream on the "Lost Tracks and Found Sounds" channel is "On the Airwaves", a radio show curated and DJ’ed by Jay Farrar featuring influential tracks from the musicians who shaped sounds, bent notes, broke rules and made their mark and left audio treasures in their wake.

We have some shows ready for now through October. They will air at the following times each day through October 28th!

ON THE AIRWAVES w/ Jay Farrar (Schedule through October 28, 2021)

6am-7am CST: On the Airwaves

12pm-1pm CST: On the Airwaves

6pm-7pm CST: On the Airwaves

11pm-12am CST: On the Airwaves

(All other times - Lost Tracks and Found Sounds)

SON VOLT RADIO


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

 
08/07/21 Open Highway Music Festival St. Louis, MO
TICKETS
 
08/08/21 HIFI Indianapolis, IN
TICKETS
 
08/20/21 Fitzgerald’s Berwyn, IL
SOLD OUT
 
08/21/21 Metro Jam Fest Manitowoc, WI
FREE SHOW!
 
09/09/21 George’s Majestic Fayetteville, AR
TICKETS
 
09/10/21 Diamond Stone Music Festival Tahlequah, OK
TICKETS
 
09/11/21 Knuckleheads Kansas City, MO
TICKETS
 
09/17/21 Shipyard Music Festival Cape Girardeau, MO
TICKETS
 
09/18/21 Ludlow Garage
John R Miller opens
Cincinnati, OH
TICKETS
 
09/19/21 Headliners
John R Miller opens
Louisville, KY
TICKETS
 
09/21/21 Bijou Theatre
John R Miller opens
Knoxville, TN
TICKETS
 
09/22/21 Orange Peel
John R Miller opens
Asheville, NC
TICKETS
 
09/23/21 Visulite
John R Miller opens
Charlotte, NC
TICKETS
 
09/24/21 Haw River Ballroom
Florence Dore opens
Saxapahaw, NC
TICKETS
 
09/25/21 Blind Willie McTell Music Festival Thomson, GA
TICKETS
 
09/26/21 Lafayette's
Shannon McNally opens
Memphis, TN
TICKETS