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St. Louis, Missouri (1994 – present)

Son Volt is an alternative country group which formed in 1994 in St. Louis, Missouri. The band currently consists of Jay Farrar (vocals, guitar), Chris Masterson (guitar), Andrew Duplantis (bass, vocals), Mark Spencer (keyboards) and Dave Bryson (drums). Farrar is the only original member remaining in the band.

Son Volt formed after the breakup of the band Uncle Tupelo, owing to the simmering creative differences between songwriters Farrar and Jeff Tweedy. The group’s members lived in Minneapolis, St Louis, and New Orleans at the time. Son Volt is often considered the closest continuance of Uncle Tupelo’s / sound and musical legacy. Jeff Tweedy would steer his post-Uncle Tupelo group Wilco towards more adventurous sonic territory - and greater critical and commercial success - in a move that has sharply divided fans.

Farrar has released albums under his own name and the Son Volt nameplate, though there is little continuity in supporting band members. After a strong initial showing with 1995’s Trace, the original Son Volt lineup released two more records before going on permanent hiatus in 1999. After the original members were unable to reach an agreement on the terms of a reunion, Farrar put together a new version of Son Volt in 2004. The revived Son Volt has regained its creative footing with 2005’s confident Okemah and the Melody of Riot. Son Volt went on to release “The Search” in the Spring of 2007.

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  • OCD4CDz

    I wouldn't say, "I ended up in camp Son Volt," whatever the hell that even means but I do prefer them over Wilco, with the only possible exception being The Mermaid Sessions record with Billy Bragg and tracks like California Stars.

    29 Oct 9:47pm Reply
  • Fioristella

    Great songs.

    21 Oct 7:38pm Reply
  • BlottedGoat

    I ended up in the Son Volt camp and never liked Wilco. [2]

    25 Jun 12:54am Reply
  • hanstone

    Classic. One of my fave morning jam songs.

    14 Jun 3:17am Reply
  • soapy_q

    @Nakkinak and @cassadeepope. Your disagreement brings truth to the statement from the article, "...in a move that has sharply divided fans". I'm also one of them; I ended up in the Son Volt camp and never liked Wilco.

    7 Apr 2:46pm Reply
  • echo725

    Jay is on a great run with American Central Dust and Honky Honk. Two excellent albums.

    5 Sep 2013 Reply
  • strajnic

    The best album of 2013 so far!

    18 Mar 2013 Reply
  • pwgleason

    Rave review of Honky Tonk at Rock Cellar Magazine. http://www.rockcellarmagazine.com/2013/02/27/honky-tonk-son-volt-review/

    28 Feb 2013 Reply
  • rockmyplimsoul

    Cool, new album "Honky Tonk" due out on 3/5!

    20 Feb 2013 Reply
  • StormandStatic

    I never realized just how good American Central Dust is.

    18 Feb 2013 Reply
  • echo725

    There was supposed to be a new album from Son Volt in 2012. They are running out of time.

    24 Sep 2012 Reply
  • ersfrmnsyh

    great good and uh!

    28 Jun 2012 Reply
  • yoda_soda

    ohhhh cassadeepope.. IN YOUR FACE. In yo face!

    21 May 2012 Reply
  • Nakkinak

    v no, jeff tweedy is obviously the superior songwriter and especially on the the last album Anodyne, Tweedy declassed Farrer, but I quite enjoy Son Volt.

    8 May 2012 Reply
  • cassadeepope

    son volt is the good part of unle tupelo, while wilco is just crap

    6 Apr 2012 Reply
  • doublelibra

    Can you deny...there's nothing greater, nothing more than the traveling hands of time? Genius.

    22 Mar 2012 Reply
  • rockmyplimsoul

    New album coming in Fall 2012.

    12 Jan 2012 Reply
  • echo725

    Trace is the only Son Volt album that tops American Central Dust.

    9 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Druid66

    The "folk" half of what was once Uncle Tupelo (as Wilco was the "rock" half).

    23 Jul 2011 Reply
  • StormandStatic

    Those first 3 albums really are classics.

    28 Apr 2011 Reply
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