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18 MAR 13 RICHARD BYRNE
Jay Farrar knows America. His two-decades touring and traveling with Son Volt, as well as his work with Uncle Tupelo and as a solo artist, have deepened and sharpened his gift for capturing the sights and sounds of his journey. He poured the country's beauties and tragedies into Son Volt’s sixth studio album, Honky Tonk.
Re-imagining the classic honky tonk sound of Bakersfield (by way of of Tennessee and Texas) the music on this album is about heartache, but there’s also optimism and perseverance. Pedal steel guitar and twin fiddles anchor a timeless music, in which the clear hard truths of the lyrics mine the emotional complexities of life and love, making Honky Tonk a landmark on a continuing journey.