Son Volt – new album, MP3, 2009 Tour Dates (Irving Plaza)
DOWNLOAD: Son Volt - Down To The Wire (MP3)
Aquarium Drunkard: The new record seems like it's a combination of everything within Son Volt, all the way back to Trace [the band's 1995 debut] - it seems like something that spans the 13 or 14 years of the band.
Jay Farrar (of Son Volt): That's interesting. Perhaps that's true. I'm not sure. [laughs] All I do know is that I follow wherever inspiration takes the writing and you have to get away from certain kinds of instrumentation, like violin, in order to really feel like starting to use it again.
AD: The new album has this prevalent dark feel to it - in a certain sense - even though there are songs that escape that. There's this sense of, as one of the songs says, that there's "no turning back." You talked about this being a more focused record, but can you explain how the album title ties in with that?
JF: Basically they are three words that were pulled from three different songs - "American," "central" and "dust." I've done that before, but it seems like that's the best way to come up with a representative title for all of the songs.
Son Volt's new album, American Central Dust, its sixth, comes out July 7th on Rounder Records. That's a week after Farrar's ex-Uncle Tupelo bandmate Jeff Tweedy & Wilco put out their seventh LP, Wilco (The Album).
Tweedy & Co. are on tour this summer. So are Son Volt. They'll play a co-headlining tour with the Cowboy Junkies in July. Then, Son Volt picks up for a second leg in September. Those dates include a show at NYC's Irving Plaza on September 17th. Tickets are on sale now.
American Central Dust's twelve songs include "Down to the Wire," which is posted above, and "Cocaine and Ashes," a song allegedly about Keith Richards and that incident that happened a few years ago. Album art and tracklist are below with all tour dates...
Son Volt - American Central Dust track list
2: Down To The Wire
3: Roll On
4: Cocaine And Ashes
5: Dust Of Daylight
6: When The Wheels Don't Move
7: No Turning Back
8: Pushed Too Far
11: Strength And Doubt
12: Jukebox of Steel
Son Volt - 2009 Tour Dates
JULY 6th THE SLOWDOWN OMAHA, NE
JULY 8th OGDEN THEATER DENVER, CO #
JULY 9th BELLY UP ASPEN, CO #
JULY 10th SNOWBIRD SKI AND RESORT SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL SNOWBIRD, UT #
JULY 12th RIALTO TUCSON, AZ #
JULY 14th MESA ARTS CENTER MESA, AZ #
JULY 15th HUMPHREY'S SAN DIEGO, CA #
JULY 16th WILTERN THEATER LOS ANGELES, CA #
JULY 17th MONTALVO SARATOGA, CA #
JULY 18th BRITT FEST JACKSONVILLE, OR #
JULY 19th ALADDIN THEATER PORTLAND, OR #
JULY 21st THE CENTRE VANCOUVER, BC #
JULY 22nd SEATTLE ZOO SEATTLE, WA #
JULY 23rd THE FOX SPOKANE, WA #
JULY 24th WOOD RIVER WINERY EAGLE, ID #
JULY 25th UNIVERSITY THEATER UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA MISSOULA, MT #
AUGUST 7th SOUTHGATE HOUSE NEWPORT, KY
AUGUST 8th THE VOGUE INDIANAPOLIS, IN
AUGUST 9th HARTWOOD ACRES HAMPTON TOWNSHIP, PA
SEPTEMBER 10th EXIT/IN NASHVILLE, TN
SEPTEMBER 11th VARIETY PLAYHOUSE ATLANTA, GA
SEPTEMBER 12th VISULITE CHARLOTTE, NC
SEPTEMBER 13th CAT'S CRADLE CARRBORO, NC
SEPTEMBER 15th 9:30 CLUB WASHINGTON, DC
SEPTEMBER 16th WORLD CAFE LIVE PHILADELPHIA, PA
SEPTEMBER 17th IRVING PLAZA NEW YORK, NY
SEPTEMBER 18th THE EGG ALBANY, NY
SEPTEMBER 19th PEARL STREET NORTHAMPTON, MA
SEPTEMBER 21st HIGHER GROUND BURLINGTON, VT
SEPTEMBER 22nd PARADISE ROCK CLUB BOSTON, MA
SEPTEMBER 24th THE MAJESTIC DETROIT, MI
SEPTEMBER 25th VIC THEATER CHICAGO, IL
SEPTEMBER 26th PABST THEATER MILWAUKEE, WI
SEPTEMBER 27th FIRST AVENUE MINNEAPOLIS, MN
# double-bill with The Cowboy Junkies