Clip: Son Volt Back in Studio
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October 6, 2004
SON VOLT BACK IN STUDIO: NEW LINE-UP ANNOUNCED, ANTHOLOGY IN THE WORKS
Jay Farrar's popular rock band persona, Son Volt, is heading back into the studio
to record their fourth full-length studio albumthe first new release since
1998's Wide Swing Tremolo (Warner Bros. Records). This time around, though,
fans will be seeing (and hearing) a different collection of side musicians
performing with Farrar. After several months of discussions and planning with
the original Son Volt playersDave Boquist, Jim Boquist and Mike
HeidornFarrar was unable to reach acceptable business terms with the original
line-up. "Times change, and so do people, I guess," reflected Farrar. "While I
was looking forward to the reunion aspect of working with those guys, it just
wasn't meant to be. It'll be liberating to get down to work with a different group
of musicians. I had always envisioned Son Volt as a vehicle for my songwriting
and expected it to evolve over the years. When I reformed the original band this
year to record our track for Por Vida [the Alejandro Escovedo benefit album (Or
Music)], it seemed like we might be able to extend that two-day session into two
years of recording and touring--but it doesn't look that way now."
With fifteen Son Volt songs written, studio time booked and engineer John
Agnello on board, Farrar now plans to commence recording in St. Louis on
October 12. Currently set to collaborate with Farrar on these sessions are Brad
Rice (guitar--Tift Merritt, Ryan Adams), Andrew Duplantis (bassJon Dee
Graham, Meat Puppets, Bob Mould), Eric Heywood (pedal steelSon Volt,
Calexico) and Dave Bryson (drumsCanyon). Fans will have access to these
sessions through web cameras installed in the studio beginning October 12,
providing a very rare glimpse into Farrar's recording process as it actually
unfolds. Access to these cameras (and other behind-the-scenes material) will be
available at <http://www.jayfarrar.net/webcam>www.jayfarrar.net/webcam.
Also on the Son Volt horizon is an anthology of material from the first three
Warner Bros. albumsincluding rare or previously unreleased soundtrack cuts,
live tracks, demos and unreleased studio recordings from that era. This
anthology, the new studio album, plus a long-awaited tour are all slated for
- --On Wednesday, October 6, 2004 7:47 PM +0000 Barry Mazor
> Currently set to collaborate with Farrar on these sessionsThat's a promising lineup, but I wonder why he's bothering calling it Son
> are Brad Rice (guitar--Tift Merritt, Ryan Adams), Andrew Duplantis
> (bass?Jon Dee Graham, Meat Puppets, Bob Mould), Eric Heywood (pedal
> steel?Son Volt, Calexico) and Dave Bryson (drums?Canyon).
Volt? An attempt at symmetry with the Jeff Tweedy Project?
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Carl Zimring <cz28@a...> wrote:
> I wonder why he's bothering calling it Son Volt?The really big bucks??
(I dunno. I assume this means that this band will go out with the songs on this
record, and also play Son Volt songs. It's a Jay Farrar cover band?)
- --On Thursday, October 7, 2004 8:24 PM +0000 Barry Mazor
> --- In email@example.com, Carl Zimring <cz28@a...> wrote:It'd be fun to see the reaction if he called the band Uncle Tupelo.
>> I wonder why he's bothering calling it Son Volt?
> The really big bucks??
> (I dunno. I assume this means that this band will go out with the songsI am happy to see EH on steel guitar, and DuPlantis can provide harmony
> on this record, and also play Son Volt songs. It's a Jay Farrar cover
vocals -- if that's what the band leader wants.