Gob Iron is British slang for the Harmonica. The phrase has been adopted by two of our American friends, Jay Farrar (Uncle Tupelo, Son Volt) and Anders Parker (Varnaline) for their American folk music revival project. Death Songs For The Living contains fresh takes on songs by Stephen Foster and Reverend JM Gates, among others and a new song penned by Jay Farrar. This album was originally released in 2006. LP on Transmit Sound.
Country outfit Son Volt are releasing their tenth studio album Union on the 29th of March. Bandleader Jay Farrar has said 'a lot of these songs are songs of turmoil'. They discuss economic woes on 'The 99', freedom on 'Lady Liberty', and anarchy 'While Rome Burns'. For fans of Grant Lee Buffalo. On Transmit Sound.
The Search was the sixth album by Jay Farrar’s post-Uncle Tupelo band Son Volt. It was originally released in 2007, the second album by the new line up that featured Mark Spencer of fellow country rockers Blood Oranges. Eleven years later and it’s getting some luxurious reissue treatment. Double LP in a gatefold sleeve, pressed on sea foam green vinyl or deluxe CD versions are available to sate your alt. country appetite.
Ballymena is a new 10” EP by Son Volt. The EP features b-sides of singles from Son Volt’s most recent album Notes Of Blue and the band’s 2009 album American Central Dust. The band are lead by Jay Farrar who, along with Jeff Tweedy, formed alt. country originators Uncle Tupelo. On Transmit Sound.
With his band Uncle Tupelo (alongside future Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy), Jay Farrar helped invent alt country and twenty years or so later he's still producing laid back chugging song craft. It sits firmly in a rootsy brand of country where men are called Chuck or Buck and drive a Buick. Here he's written ten songs influenced by the blues stylings of the likes of Skip James but brings a contemporary sheen to the proceedings.