Wednesday, May 12, 2021
– Son Volt will release its 10th studio album, "Electro Melodier" (Transmit Sound/Thirty Tigers) on July 30.
The title, taken from the names of two vintage amplifiers from the late '40s and early '50s, also describes the album's blend of folk, country, blues, soul and rock. The rocking first track "Reverie" has been released.
The disc is the follow-up to 2019's release, "Union." "I wanted to concentrate on the melodies which got me into music in the first place," said band founder Jay Farrar. "I wanted politics to take a back seat this time, but it always seems to find a way back in there."
"Livin' in the USA" echoes protest songs of old, highlighting both the breakdown of our culture and planet. "Share a little truth with your neighbor down the block, We've all got fossil fuel lungs while we run out the clock," Farrar sings. "The Globe" reverberates with the tensions that arise with the fight for equality. "People climbing skyward stairs, Deciders of their fate, You can see it everywhere, Change is in the air." "Diamonds and Cigarettes," featuring vocals by country singer Laura Cantrell.
"Electro Melodier" features band members Mark Spencer (piano, organ, acoustic slide, lap steel, backing vocals) Andrew DuPlantis (bass, backing vocals), Chris Frame (guitar) and Mark Patterson (drums, percussion).
Son Volt will be on the road with tour dates in summer and fall.
Tour dates are:
Aug. 7 - Open Highway Music Festival - St. Louis
Aug. 20 - Fitzgerald's - Berwyn, IL
Sept. 9 - George's Majestic - Fayetteville, AR
Sept. 10 - Diamondhead Music Fest - Tahlequah, OK
Sept. 11 - Knuckleheads - Kansas City, KS - MO
Sept. 18 - Ludlow Garage - Cincinnati, OH
Sept. 19 - Headliners - Louisville, KY
Sept. 23 - Visulite - Charlotte, NC
Sept. 24 - Haw River Ballroom - Saxapahaw, NC
Sept. 26 - Graceland Guest House Theater - Memphis, TN
Farrar started Son Volt in 1994 after leaving the seminal group Uncle Tupelo, whose "No Depression" album helped define the alt.-country and Americana genre. Son Volt's debut "Trace" was heavily lauded and remains a defining document of the '90s alt-country movement.