Son Volt - Purveyors of Alternative Country
Jay Farrar of Son Volt commented between songs at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee. “This is really a beautiful place,” he said, “Built by beer, no less!” The same can be said for Farrar and his former partner Jeff Tweedy who contributed heavily to the burgeoning early-nineties alternative country movement, with their old band Uncle Tupelo. I’m sure beer had some influence on that partnership too. Uncle Tupelo broke up in 1994 with Farrar forming Son Volt and Jeff Tweedy starting Wilco.
I had not seen Son Volt before live and was impressed with how good they were musically and lyrically. The top-notch band behind Farrar never missed a beat and captivated the audience with songs from the new album “American Central Dust.” My two favorites off the release have to be the slow rocker Down to the Wire along with the twisted ballad Cocaine and Ashes. They played for over two hours and certainly gave ticket buyers their money’s worth. This isn’t the type of show that warrants raucous stage antics. Son Volt’s authenticity through musical means was enough reward for the Saturday night crowd.
Down to the Wire - Son Volt