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Fresh (Blue) Stuff from Son Volt

March 6, 2017 Leave a comment

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Pioneer alt-country band Son Volt is back with a new album draws inspiration from legendary bluesmen Skip James and Mississippi Fred McDowell, as well as British singer-songwriter Nick Drake.

Notes of Blue sees Son Volt frontman Jay Farrar digging into both the blues and the fingerpicking beauty of Drake’s folk-pop songs to create something familiar and fresh.

As Farrar told Rolling Stone, “Over the years I’ve done a couple blues-oriented songs here and there, but this time around there was an opportunity to focus a bit more on it all the way through.”

The album is the eighth from Farrar and company and the first in recent memory to feature electric guitar alongside acoustic strummers.