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At just over 30 minutes, Notes of Blue is a spare-but-sturdy showcase for songwriter Jay Farrar’s world-weary voice. Using haunting guitar tunings borrowed from the likes of Mississippi Fred McDowell, Nick Drake, and Skip James, Farrar stacks up shimmering ballads ("Cairo and Southern,” "Promise the World”), smoldering midtempo laments ("Cherokee St."), and rowdy rockers ("Static," "Lost Souls").

Customer Reviews

About time

Glad to see new SV coming and the track is cool. Takes me back to Wide Swing Tremelo. Looking forward to the whole album.


This song is a great tune. Looking forward to the rest.Jay and Son Volt thanks.


I've heard two songs from this album-- Back Against The Wall, and Lost Souls. BOTH are terrific.

Looking forward to hearing the rest of the album.


Formed: 1994 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Led by vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter Jay Farrar, Son Volt became one of the leading bands in the alternative country community, attracting critical praise and an audience that was loyal if not always large. Jay Farrar first made an impression on music fans as the co-founder, with Jeff Tweedy, of seminal alt-country group Uncle Tupelo. After touring in support of their 1993 masterpiece Anodyne, Uncle Tupelo split up over long-simmering creative differences between Farrar and Tweedy. Tweedy recruited...
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