Left to right: Gary Hunt, Jay Farrar, Dave Bryson, Mark Spencer, Andrew Duplantis. Photo: Emily Nathan

Much has been made of the lofty position held by Son Volt in the pantheon of modern Americana bands.  Following the dissolution of Uncle Tupelo, principal songwriters Jeff Tweedy and Jay Farrar went their separate ways, with Tweedy forming Wilco and Farrar founding Son Volt.  Farrar and his new project earned critical praise for the band’s debut record, Trace, in 1996, and Son Volt has since released a number of outstanding follow ups.

After a five year hiatus between 1999 and 2004, Farrar returned with a revamped line up and released Okemah & The Melody of Riot in 2005, The Search in 2007, and American Central Dust, their first record for Rounder Records, in 2009.

Son Volt is out on the road now supporting Honky Tonk, their second record for Rounder, which was released last month.  Farrar describes the record as an ode to the best of the spirit of honky tonk: heartache, heartbreak, and the road.

Honky Tonk also continues Son Volt’s revisiting of more acoustic tones.  “The record is a continuation of what was happening with American Central Dust,” says Farrar.  “I didn’t play much, if any, electric guitar.”

Son Volt will be swinging through Knoxville for a show at The Bijou on Sunday, April 14th, and we’d like to make sure you have a couple tickets for the show.  Take a shot at the trivia question down below.  A winner will be chosen from all correct answers received by 12:00 P.M. (E.S.T.) on Friday, April 12th.

Remember to email answers to dave@blueridgeoutdoors.com

Question – In 2009, Jay Farrar worked on the soundtrack for One Fast Move Or I’m Gone, a documentary about what famous On The Road author?

Son Volt will be joined by Colonel Ford at the beautiful Bijou Theater in Downtown Knoxville on Sunday, April 14th.  Show time is 8:00 P.M.  For information on this show, tickets, or the Bijou’s upcoming shows, surf over to www.knoxbijou.com.