Son Volt looks to '22 for extensive tour
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Son Volt looks to '22 for extensive tour

Monday, September 20, 2021 – Son Volt will tour in 2022, starting in January, to support the band's new album, "Electro Melodier."

The 35-date run will circle the U.S. starting on Jan. 14 in Springfield, Mo.. Scheduled stops will include Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Brooklyn, Chicago, Detroit and Boston. The tour winds down in the band's hometown of St. Louis on March 18. Jesse Farrar from the band Old Salt Union will open on all shows.

Released in July, "Electro Melodier" takes its name from two vintage amplifiers from the late '40s and early '50s, also describes the album's unique blend of folk, country, blues, soul and rock. The release features Mark Spencer (piano, organ, acoustic slide, lap steel, backing vocals) Andrew DuPlantis (bass, backing vocals), Chris Frame (guitar) and Mark Patterson (drums, percussion).

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" remains a key album of the '90s alt-country movement.

Tour dates are:
Sept. 21 – Knoxville, TN – Bijou Theatre
Sept. 22 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
Sept. 23 – Charlotte, NC – Visulite
Sept. 24 – Saxapahaw, NC – Haw River Ballroom
Sept. 25 – Thomson, GA – Blind Willie McTell Music Fest
Sept. 26 – Memphis, TN – Lafayette's
Oct. 1 – Cedar Park, TX – The Haute Spot
Oct. 2 – Dallas, TX – Oktoberfest
Oct. 3 – Houston, TX – Heights Theater
Jan. 14 – Springfield, MO – Outland Ballroom
Jan. 15 -– Tulsa, OK – The Vanguard
Jan. 16 – Amarillo, TX – Hoots Pub
Jan. 17 – Albuquerque, NM – El Rey Theater
Jan. 19 – Tucson, AZ – 191 Toole
Jan. 20 – Flagstaff, AZ – Orpheum Theater
Jan. 21 – Pioneertown, CA – Pappy & Harriet's
Jan. 22 – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom
Jan. 23– San Diego, CA – Casbah
Jan. 25 – San Francisco, CA – Chapel
Jan. 28 – Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater
Jan. 29 – Seattle, WA – Neptune
Jan. 31 – Boise, ID – Olympic
Feb. 1 – Salt Lake City, UT – Commonwealth
Feb. 3 – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater
Feb. 4 – Colorado Springs, CO – Lulu Downstairs
Feb. 24 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Hall
Feb. 25-26 – Evanston, IL – SPACE
Feb. 28 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
March 1 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls
March 2 – Alexandria, VA – Birchmere
March 3 – York, PA – Appel Center for the Arts
March 4 – Ardmore, PA – Ardmore
March 5-6 – Woodstock, NY – Levon Helm Studios
March 8 – Fairfield, CT – Warehouse
March 9 – South Orange, NJ – SOPAC
March 10-11 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl
March 12 – Cambridge, MA – Sinclair
March 13 – Holyoke, MA – Gateway City Arts
March 15 – Bellefontaine, OH – Holland Theatre
March 16 – Ferndale, MI – Magic Bag
March 18 – St. Louis – The Pageant

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