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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 8:55 am    Post subject: New Son Volt album in Spring? Reply with quote

Q: What is next for you/Son Volt?

Answer: Son Volt is touring around through the end of this year. We’ve been recording a new album and plan to have it out in the spring.

http://www.journalnow.com/relishnow/music/son-volt-frontman-blazed-a-trail-with-fusion-of-punk/article_26f19962-8187-5b97-9d73-0b18e27af1b9.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=user-share
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for posting Antelope. Hope it's true!
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2018 2:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool! I was under the impression that Jay was hanging up the SV hat.
Very happy he’s been jarred to ruminating on current America with his
band. The only issue is the wait. Thanks for the heads up Ante!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2018 4:29 am    Post subject: Re: New Son Volt album in Spring? Reply with quote

[quote="Antelope850"]Q: What is next for you/Son Volt?

Answer: Son Volt is touring around through the end of this year. We’ve been recording a new album and plan to have it out in the spring.



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2018 12:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have any new songs shown up in the setlist? Maybe at the Sausalito show!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2018 1:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw them in early August outside of Chicago and there were no new tunes.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2018 2:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

unchartedthickets wrote:
Cool! I was under the impression that Jay was hanging up the SV hat.
Very happy he’s been jarred to ruminating on current America with his
band. The only issue is the wait. Thanks for the heads up Ante!


Why did u think this?
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2018 4:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

camaroheadus wrote:
unchartedthickets wrote:
Cool! I was under the impression that Jay was hanging up the SV hat.
Very happy he’s been jarred to ruminating on current America with his
band. The only issue is the wait. Thanks for the heads up Ante!


Why did u think this?


I read in an interview somewhere just before the release
of Notes Of Blue where Jay states he was pursuing other
avenues of expression. That SonVolt was taking an indefinite
hiatus. It was posted here. Maybe I interpreted it
incoherently. We had a small discussion and It didn’t go beyond
a few comments. I’m not very good at finding older posts
here. Maybe somebody knows something about this. I wouldn’t
mind a rehash and to find I was really incoherent.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2018 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

unchartedthickets wrote:
camaroheadus wrote:
unchartedthickets wrote:
Cool! I was under the impression that Jay was hanging up the SV hat.
Very happy he’s been jarred to ruminating on current America with his
band. The only issue is the wait. Thanks for the heads up Ante!


Why did u think this?


I read in an interview somewhere just before the release
of Notes Of Blue where Jay states he was pursuing other
avenues of expression. That SonVolt was taking an indefinite
hiatus. It was posted here. Maybe I interpreted it
incoherently. We had a small discussion and It didn’t go beyond
a few comments. I’m not very good at finding older posts
here. Maybe somebody knows something about this. I wouldn’t
mind a rehash and to find I was really incoherent.



No misinterpretation. He explicitly suggested as much. I can’t find the post either, but this came as a shock to me too. A very welcome shock!

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

New album, Union, Available for pre-order on colored vinyl with a SIGNED print at www.bullmoose.com
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2019 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Snagged this write-up on the new album from the Songbirds (Chattanooga) venue website. Gives some more description of the album and the sounds Jay was hoping to capture:

On Son Volt’s new record, Union, present and past mingle into strong confluence. The thirteen new songs written by founder Jay Farrar confront our turbulent politics and articulate the clarity and comfort music can offer in the tumult. “There are so many forces driving our country apart,” observes Farrar. “What can we do to bring our society back together?”The country and blues sounds explored by Son Volt on its last two records (2013’s Honky Tonk and 2017’s Notes of Blue) linger in the grooves of Union. But the new record nods to many other mile markers along the band’s 25-year path. Some tunes offer a powerful return to the ringing lyrical clarity of 2005’s Okemah and the Melody of Riot and 2007’s The Search. Others hearken back to the freewheeling poetic melodicism of 1994’s Trace and 1997’s Straightaways.“Broadsides will be hurled to capture the truth,” sings Farrar on the brooding and blues-driven song that takes its name from the one-page bulletins that used to spread both proclamations and ballads. And songs such as “The 99,” “While Rome Burns,” and “Lady Liberty” push up the acoustic guitar in the mix to underscore the enduring role of troubadours in troubled times. “A lot of these songs are songs of turmoil,” says Farrar. “Questioning what’s going on.”On Union, Farrar taps into folk music’s rich lyrical legacy. It’s a tradition he has tapped often both in Son Volt and in Uncle Tupelo. “I was raised on folk music,” observes Farrar. “Politics is a common thread there. In a time where we see threats to our way of life, and our democracy, from within, you say: What can I do? I put pen to paper and write music.”The chorus of Union’s title song was a “mantra” of James Paul ‘Pops’ Farrar, about whom Farrar has written so affectingly in his memoir, Falling Cars and Junkyard Dogs. “He thought the Israeli model was best,” says the songwriter. “Everybody serves in one capacity or another, and that was the best way to bring a country together. It did happen here in World War II. People of different spiritual and economic backgrounds brought together. And there was an immense period of prosperity after that – for a myriad of reasons, but the idea that all walks of life were working together is important.”Union grounds its politics in startling images and portraits of the human costs of our divides. Guitar and organ commingle on “While Rome Burns” to underscore a connectedness in the way that “the freeways lead to the gravel roads, to the town squares and the rodeos.”The mournful shuffling “Reality Winner” echoes direct protest songs such as “Hurricane” – Bob Dylan’s ode to boxer Rubin Carter, who was wrongly convicted of triple homicide in 1967. Winner is a former intelligence analyst who leaked a National Security Agency document that detailed Russian attempts to hack voting systems to the media. She was convicted of violating the Espionage Act and sentenced to five years and three months in prison.“We have a reality TV show president,” Farrar says, “and we have this woman named Reality Winner, and they’re linked in a way. She represents everything that you want in an American, someone who’s learned three languages and does her part. She’s basically a whistleblower doing hard time. Maybe this song brings more awareness to her plight.”A reinvigorated band chemistry anchors the new record, with new and returning members turning up in the Union mix. Longtime members Mark Spencer (piano, organ, acoustic slide, lap steel, backing vocals) and Andrew DuPlantis (bass, backing vocals) have been at the core of Son Volt’s recent work. Guitarist ChrisFrame – who toured with Son Volt in the Okemah era – rejoined the group for the Notes of Blue tour and plays on the new record. DuPlantis recruited fellow Austin musician Mark Patterson to play drums and percussion.“We spent a lot of time together playing shows behind Notes of Blue,” says Farrar. “That time playing together coalesced into a sense of purpose.” The Son Volt leader’s return to playing acoustic guitar – after taking up electric guitar on the band’s last record – also had an impact. “I took a step back,” says Farrar. The space allowed Frame “to add a lot of guitar elements.” The result is “a different flavor and perspective.”Initially, Farrar intended Union to be an explicitly political statement. “Midway through,” he says, “I realized I needed some balance on the record.” The result is a cluster of new songs that reflect on the power of love, time, and music to heal and sustain us. “Holding Your Own” builds to a shimmering and powerful climax of piano and electric guitar as it relays the hopes Farrar identifies in “watching kids grow up and find their place in society.”“Slow Burn” is an ode to hope and resilience’s power to shake off darkness. The song’s piano chords pave a road out of futility and reminds listeners that “every tunnel reaches the light.” Another highlight on the record is “Devil May Care” – an ebullient celebration of the joys of playing music. Farrar strip-mined musical gear catalogues for the poetry in their terminology, reeling off lines like “harmonic fidelity boost high pass filter on a balanced line / Or a cigarette on a headstock, all the same just make it rhyme.”The attitude of bands such as the early-era Replacements was present as he wrote the song. “That is the essence of what a band is,” he says. “You remember: Wait a minute: Music is supposed to make you throw your burdens to the wind, so I tried to include that approach as well.”Eight of the thirteen songs on Union were recorded at places associated with two figures in American history who Farrar says “made a difference”: Renowned American labor activist Mary Harris “Mother” Jones and quintessential American troubadour Woody Guthrie. Three songs were laid down at the Mother Jones Museum in Mount Olive, Illinois, while four others were recorded at the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.“I felt doing it in a more challenging environment might inspire us along the way,” says Farrar. “Doing mobile recordings was a way to push myself a little bit. It also pushed Jacob Detering, our engineer, who had to assemble a mobile unit and did a great job.”Proximity to Guthrie and his legacy pushed strongly into Union’s closing song: “The Symbol.” The song’s point of origin was Guthrie’s 1948 poem “Plane Wreck at Los Gatos,” which was later set to music by composer Martin Hoffman and is best-known as “Deportee.” Guthrie wrote at a moment when “workers needed to work fields weren’t even considered as people,” observes Farrar.In “The Symbol,” Farrar paints a compelling portrait of a Mexican man who helped rebuild New Orleans after Katrina and now finds himself buffeted by the wave of anti-immigration rhetoric and vengeful law enforcement.Farrar says that the key to writing songs on topical issues that stand the test of time is to be a truthful observer. “‘Deportee’ made such a lasting impression on me,” he observes. “But it was written in the 1940s You have to give your own take. Say this is what happened. Even if it seems temporary. Hopefully it’s not.”



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 7:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That’s a fantastic blurb! Are there any trump/Volt fans?
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So, is the message on the new album that from 2008-2016 everything in the country was just fine and dandy? There was no division because everyone was getting along and was united behind the countries leaders? The "99" didn't exist because every person in the country was getting their fair share of the pie, and was being treated fairly and equally? Illegal aliens were not being apprehended at the border because they were allowed to freely enter the country and go wherever they chose without restriction? Climate change was finally solved.

And then everything suddenly changed overnight in 2016? 99% of the population is now living in despair and misery, the country is divided and can't agree on anything, and illegal aliens are no longer allowed to come and go as they please? Climate change is back and the end of the planet is right around the corner.

Am I anywhere close to understanding what's been said about Union so far? I'll hang up now and await your response.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

farrarfan1 wrote:
So, is the message on the new album that from 2008-2016 everything in the country was just fine and dandy? There was no division because everyone was getting along and was united behind the countries leaders? The "99" didn't exist because every person in the country was getting their fair share of the pie, and was being treated fairly and equally? Illegal aliens were not being apprehended at the border because they were allowed to freely enter the country and go wherever they chose without restriction? Climate change was finally solved.

And then everything suddenly changed overnight in 2016? 99% of the population is now living in despair and misery, the country is divided and can't agree on anything, and illegal aliens are no longer allowed to come and go as they please? Climate change is back and the end of the planet is right around the corner.

Am I anywhere close to understanding what's been said about Union so far? I'll hang up now and await your response.



Here’s to us all keeping you waiting indefinitely... Deserves no response.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, that's fine. Not that it matters, but I'm going to buy the album and add it to my collection of SV,UT, solo and collaborations that he's done because I believe in supporting my favorite artist/band and I hope they make a boatload of money from the album and tour. Just trying to understand if the rage is against politics and politicians in general, or a select few, or just one.
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