LIVE: Son Volt @ The Egg, 6/11/13

June 21st, 2013, 12:00 pm by Greg
Jay Farrar

Son Volt’s Jay Farrar

Review by Kirsten Ferguson
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

As Jeff Tweedy’s band Wilco prepares for their three-day Solid Sound Festival this weekend at MASS MoCA, it’s easy to forget Tweedy’s roots in the humbler Midwest alt-country band Uncle Tupelo, which he formed with high school friend Jay Farrar in Illinois in 1987. A soured relationship between the pair led to the band’s dissolution in 1994, but by the following year both songwriters had released well-received albums with new bands: Farrar with Son Volt and Tweedy with Wilco.

When Son Volt played Bogie’s in Albany back in 1995, it was hard not to compare Farrar’s first solo recorded effort, Trace, with Wilco’s debut A.M. At the time, I was leaning toward Trace as the superior effort: it was packed full of great songs, from “Drown” to “Windfall,” and just sounded like the more serious effort.

Since then, Wilco has evolved from its country-punk roots into a nearly unrecognizable indie-rock collective with experimental tendencies – and a much larger fan base. Meanwhile, Jay Farrar soldiers on with Son Volt, staying close to the band’s roots as a serious, country-influenced band with road-weary songs about struggling people and hard-luck places.

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Pop Quiz: Son Voltin’

June 10th, 2013, 10:00 am by Greg

It was more than a decade and a half ago when Jay Farrar led Son Volt into town for their Capital Region debut.

So what we want to know is, “Where was that show?”

BONUS POINTS: Who was their opening act?

ANSWER: Son Volt’s Capital Region debut took place at Bogie’s in Albany on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 1995 – with Sparklehorse – not Sparklehouse – as their opening act. And, yes, Son Volt also played the H.O.R.D.E. Festival the following year – August 18, 1996, at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

Son Volt returns to Nippertown on Tuesday (June 11) for a concert at The Egg in Albany. Colonel Ford – a Son Volt spin-off band – opens the show at 7:30pm. Tickets are $24.

Uncle (Tupelo) and Son (Volt)

September 15th, 2009, 10:46 am by Greg

sonvoltSon Volt rolls into The Egg in Albany on Friday, September 18, in support of their new album, “American Central Dust,” released on Rounder Records earlier this month.

Do we have to say anything more?

No, we don’t. But, of course, we will.

Just the other day, we were flashing back to Son Volt’s Albany debut at Bogie’s in – I think – 1995. It was sometime shortly after the release of their debut album, “Trace,” anyway.

But, as it turns out, our memory banks actually stretch back further than that.

Yes, we remember Uncle Tulepo gracing the stage of QE2 nearly two decades ago. It was July 19, 1990 – less than a month after the release of the band’s landmark debut album, “No Depression.” And they weren’t even the headliners. They were the opening act for the fine Tucson band, the Sidewinders.

But we need some help here. Was that Uncle Tulepo’s only area appearance? Or did they come back and play QE2 again later? Somebody let us know, please. Thanks.

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