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OKEMAH AND THE MELODY OF RIOT DELUXE EDITION OUT NOW ON DIGITAL, CD & VINYL!

Originally released in 2005 (and never before on vinyl) during the Bush Administration, many of the songs speak to the political agitations of the time while also looking to the past with references to 1940's political folkie Woody Guthrie. The album's title is a nod to Guthrie's hometown of Okemah, OK.

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Mark Demming of AllMusic says 'Okemah and the Melody of Riot' is a compelling, strongly focused work that stands as Farrar's best music since Son Volt's debut album, 1994's 'Trace'. While Farrar's songwriting is still in his usual enigmatic mode on 'Okemah', there is a noticeably stronger lyrical focus here, especially on the (apparently) anti-Bush screeds "Jet Pilot" and "Ipecac" and the rabble-rousing opening cut, "Bandages & Scars"; Farrar obviously has something to say about the state of post-millennial America, and if the letter of the message is vague, the passion of his delivery speaks volumes."

'Okemah And The Melody Of Riot' is re-released August 31, 2018 in deluxe format with bonus content incuding unreleased studio recordings and live versions of album tracks available digitally, in double-cd, and limited double lp pressed on opaque red vinyl (only 2000 copies pressed)!

Disc One
1. Bandages & Scars 2. Afterglow 61 3. Jet Pilot 4. Atmosphere 5. Ipecac 6. Who 7. Endless War 8. Medication 9. String Belief 10. Gramophone 11. Chaos Streams 12. World Waits For You 13. World Waits For You (reprise)

Disc Two
14. Exurbia (non-album track) 15. Joe Citizen Blues (studio) 15. Anacostia (non-album track) 16. Afterglow 61 (live) 17. Gramophone (live) 18. Ipecac (live) 19. Bandages & Scars (live) 20. Atmosphere (live) 21. Medication (live)


 

The Search Deluxe + Ballymena EP Now Available

Son Volt’s “The Search” which has been out-of-print has been reissued on Deluxe, CD, digital and vinyl! This deluxe reissue mirrors the vinyl-only release of “On Chant and Strum” and features all 22 tracks on all formats. The double-LP is pressed on limited opaque sea foam green vinyl.

Also available is the Record Store Day release, the Ballymena EP on 10-inch vinyl and unludes unreleased tracks from ‘Notes of Blue’ and an alternate take from ‘American Central Dust’. Only 1500 pressed!

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Relix magazine – Track by Track

Check out this in depth article with Jay from Relix Magazine which details track by track. Notes of Blue is out Friday, February 17!

“I’ve always wanted to do a recording that focused more on the blues. I’ve done a few blues-inspired songs over the years, but this recording was a chance to expand on it and, in particular, I wanted to explore the tunings and guitar voicings of Skip James and Mississippi Fred McDowell,” Jay Farrar explains, when detailing the origins of Son Volt’s new record, Notes of Blue.… READ MORE


No Depression Interview

Jay talks Uncle Tupelo, history, and blues guitar greats with No Depression.

“Jay Farrar is what you might call the archetypal journeyman. At age 50, he remains an architect of modern Americana as he continues to fuse the disparate genres of rock, roots, folk, blues and country into his musical amalgam.”

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NPR Music – First Listen

For your listening pleasure – please share far and wide. Thanks, NPR Music, for streaming Notes of Blue.

Stream the yet-to-be released album in it’s entirety:

http://www.npr.org/…/51…/first-listen-son-volt-notes-of-blue

Pre-order Notes of Blue in Son Volt’s online store.…

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