Jay Farrar Honors Son Volt

Beginning next month Jay Farrar will embark on a tour honoring the 20th anniversary of Son Volt’s first album, “Trace.”  Stops include Nashville, New York, Seattle and Los Angeles with tickets going on sale this week.

Photo: Bob Bayne / Memphis In May
Beale Street Music Festival, Tom Lee Park, Memphis, Tenn.

Formed by Farrar, Son Volt was one of two bands that emerged from the 1994 break-up of Uncle Tupelo, the other band being Wilco.

“Jay Farrar Performs Songs Of Trace,” coincides with the release of the two-disc Trace: The 20th Anniversary Edition that features a newly remastered version of the original album along with more than two dozen unreleased bonus tracks.  Highlights include previously unreleased demos of “Drown,” “Live Free,” “Windfall” and other songs from Trace as well as an acoustic version of “Route.”

The second disc in the package contains an unreleased live recording of a February 1996 performance at New York’s Bottom Line.  Along with playing just about every song from the LP, Son Volt covered Del Reeves’ “Looking At The World Through A Windshield” and “Cemetery Savior,” which eventually appeared on the band’s second album, Straightaways.

Trace: The 20th Anniversary Edition will also be issued on 180-gram vinyl.  The release arrives Oct. 30 on Rhino.

Joining Farrar on the tour will be Son Volt’s original pedal-steel player Eric Heywood and current Son Volt member / multi-instrumentalist Gary Hunt.  Here’s the itinerary:

Sept. 20 – Nashville, Tenn., 3rd & Lindsley
Oct. 28 – Alexandria, Va., The Birchmere
Oct. 29 – Ardmore, Pa., The Ardmore Music Hall
Oct. 30 – New York, N.Y., City Winery NYC
Dec. 2 – West Hollywood, Calif., Troubadour
Dec. 3 – San Francisco, Calif., Slim’s
Dec. 5 – Portland, Ore., Aladdin Theater
Dec. 6 – Seattle, Wash., Tractor Tavern

Tickets go on sale Aug. 14.  Check out SonVolt.net for more information.