Seminal band Son Volt has announced release of their new album, Notes Of Blue (Thirty Tigers). Led by the songwriting and vocals of Jay Farrar, Son Volt was one of the most instrumental and influential bands in launching the alt. country movement of the 1990's.
A movement that was the precursor to what is now widely referred to as Americana. The 10 songs on Notes Of Blue are inspired by the spirit of the blues, but not the standard blues as most know it. The unique and haunting tunings of Mississippi Fred McDowell, Skip James and Nick Drake were all points of exploration for Farrar for the new collection. Farrar possesses one of the most distinctive voices in roots, rock, country or any genre. He exudes a soulful longing combined with a wise-beyond-his-years command that is as arresting and compelling as ever. As a songwriter, Farrar's depth and poetic penchant has been the foundation of a thoughtful, deep and intelligent body of work. Both attributes are on full display on Notes Of Blue, as he touches on themes of redemption and the common struggle, both of which are at the core of the blues.
»Irgendwo zwischen Country, Blues, Rock
und der Pixar-Romantik der Route 69 siedelt
sich die 20. Veröffentlichung von Jay
Farrar an. Mit seiner Stimme, die auf dem
Papier zwar bereits 50 Jahre alt ist, auf
Aufnahmen jedoch seit 1990 unverändert
glänzt, allenfalls inhaltlich älter wird und
ein wenig an Jack Black erinnert, verzaubert
er vom ersten ›Don’t get down‹ (›Promise
The World‹) bis zum Schlussakkord.« (Good Times, April/Mai 2017)