Nashville, TN – Son Volt has announced the February 17 release of their new album, Notes Of Blue (Thirty Tigers). Led by the songwriting and vocals of Jay Farrar, Son Volt was one of the most instrumental and influential bands in launching the alt.country movement of the 1990’s, the precursor to what is now widely referred to as Americana.
The 10 songs on Notes Of Blue are inspired by the spirit of the blues. The unique and haunting tunings of Mississippi Fred McDowell, Skip James and Nick Drake were all points of exploration for Farrar for the new collection. The album opens with the country soul of ‘Promise The World’, followed by ‘Back Against The Wall’, a song that could stand alongside the great Son Volt songs of their early albums. However, Notes Of Blue reflects the blues as it resides in the folk tradition, but heavily amplified. The primal stomp of “Cherokee St.”, the frenetic guitar on “Static” and the raw slide in ‘Sinking Down’ exude grit and attitude. Conversely, tracks such as ‘The Storm’ and ‘Cairo and Southern’ seamlessly meld blues with hypnotic melodies that add a unique balance to Notes Of Blue.
Notes Of Blue touches on themes of redemption and the common struggle, both of which are at the core of the blues.
Beginning March 2, Son Volt will be on tour in support of Notes of Blue. The touring lineup will include Andrew Duplantis, Jacob Edwards, Chris Frame, and Mark Spencer.