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GUTHRIE PROJECT, NEW MULTITUDES, TO BE RELEASED ON FEBRUARY 28!!!

STREAM THE ALBUM ONLINE:
Check out a stream of the entire album here


LISTEN TO "OLD LA"
from New Multitudes

Like a cadre of musical brothers finally coalescing after years on the road apart, Jay Farrar (Son Volt, Gob Iron, Uncle Tupelo), Will Johnson (Centro-matic, South San Gabriel), Anders Parker (Varnaline, Gob Iron) and Yim Yames (My Morning Jacket, Monsters of Folk) gratefully deliver New Multitudes, an intimate interpretation of American icon and musical legend Woody Guthrie’s previously unrecorded lyrics.

Set to coincide with the centennial celebration of Woody Guthrie’s birth year, New Multitudes will be released on February 28, 2012 by Rounder Records as a 12 track release and a 24 track limited edition.  The limited edition features original Guthrie lyric sheets, the 12 track release, and 12 additional compositions recorded by Farrar and Parker.  The album will also be available on vinyl.


We have created a new Facebook page for the group – www.facebook.com/newmultitudes Right now, we are streaming “Old L.A.” from the album, featuring Anders Parker on lead vocal.  Please “like” this page so you can receive updates including interview footage, live performance video, etc.

Jay, Will and Anders will play Celtic Connections in Glasgow, Scotland on January 25.  The full band will hit the road for a select run of dates in March.

NEW MULTITUDES TOUR DATES - ON SALE NOW – featuring Jay, Will, Anders & Yim
MAKE SURE TO GET TICKETS TO THESE VERY LIMITED SHOWS
March 6 The Fillmore   San Francisco, CA
March 7 Music Box (on sale 1/21) Los Angeles, CA
March 9 Crystal Ballroom (on sale 1/14) Portland, OR
March 10 The Showbox (on sale 1/14) Seattle, WA
March 12 The Birchmere (on sale 1/13) Alexandria, VA
March 13 Union Transfer (on sale 1/13) Philadelphia, PA
March 14 Webster Hall (on sale 1/20) New York, NY
March 16 Paradise (on sale 1/14) Boston, MA

Under the invitation of Nora Guthrie, Woody’s daughter, to tour the Guthrie archives, each of the four songwriters were offered the chance to plumb and mine the plethora of notebooks, scratch pads, napkins, etc. for anything that might inspire them to lend their voices and give the words new life. "These guys worked on an amazing group of lyrics”, says Nora. “Much of it culled from Woody’s times in LA. Lyric wise, it’s a part of the story that is still mostly unknown. From Woody’s experiences on LA’s skid row to his later years in Topanga Canyon, they are uniquely intimate, and relate two distinctly emotional periods in his life.”

The spirit of Guthrie may have been involved in more ways than one, as all four songwriters mentioned the immediate connection to the songs they chose, or as they would suggest, “chose them.” The writing came together quickly, as if the mischief muse who originally penned them latched himself to each writer's grey matter upon first contact.

M
usically, it is this sense of collaboration that makes New Multitudes not just another trite and traditional acoustic regurgitation of back porch blues. From the ragged jangle of its opening track, “Hoping Machine”, the loping lilt of “Fly High”, the floorboard stomp of “No Fear”, to the lush warmth and sudden sonic gut punch of “My Revolutionary Mind” the cohorts deliver a lesson in discovering a song’s sweet spot. It’s the function and preparedness of each artist’s dogged work ethic gleaned the old-fashion way; veracious songs, road weary odometers, and sweat stained live shows, all attributes of the man they are honoring.

 
NEW MULTITUDES AUDIO CLIPS

Check out these audio clips of the guys speaking about the project on the New Multitudes Facebook page.
NEW MULTITUDES VIDEO ABOUT HOW THE PROJECT TOOK ROOT
Please keep an eye on the New Multitudes Facebook page as new videos will be added around the album’s February 28 release date.  Please “like” the New Multitudes Facebook page so you can be kept up to date with news about this project.

Jay Farrar: What was the process behind matching each artist to the lyrics?
[ LISTEN ]
Jim James: How did the song for “Talking Empty Bed Blues” come about?
[ LISTEN ]
Anders Parker: Did you write the music to accompany the lyrics or to fit the lyrics?
[ LISTEN ]
Jay Farrar:
How did you first discover Woody Guthrie?

[ LISTEN ]
Anders Parker: How did you first discover Woody Guthrie?
[ LISTEN ]
Will Johnson: How did you first discover Woody Guthrie?
[ LISTEN ]
Jay Farrar: What was the inspiration behind this project?
[ LISTEN ]
Will Johnson: Where would you put Woody Guthrie on the list of artists who influenced you?
[ LISTEN ]

 

JIM JAMES PERFORMS "TALKING EMPTY BED BLUES"

Watch Jim perform "Talking Empty Bed Blues" from 'New Mulititudes' via NPR!

 

NEW MULTITUDES IN STORE AT AMOEBA L.A.

Jay, Will, Anders & Jim will be at Amoeba in LA on March 8 from 3-5 pm PST. They will perform a few songs and sign autographs as well. Their performance will be streamed online via Amoeba’s site.

 

WATCH NEW MULTITUDES
VIDEO PREVIEW

WORLD CAFÉ PERFORMANCE

On Tuesday, March 13 from 2-3 pm, Jay, Will, Anders and Jim will perform a taped set before a live audience at WXPN’s World Café. This performance will air at a later date on over 230 NPR stations. If you are a WXPN member, try and get tickets to the performance!

NEW MULTITUDES MERCHANDISE

On tour, we will be selling the standard and deluxe versions of the album. We will also sell vinyl as well as t-shirts and a poster designed by Randy Fung. These items will also be made available on the New Multitudes website soon.
 

NEW MULTITUDES PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE

New Multitudes will be released in several formats on February 28th.  You can pre-order everything via Amazon.  It will be released as a 12 track cd, 12 track vinyl as well as a 23-track cd deluxe edition which features original Guthrie lyric sheets as well as 11 additional compositions recorded by Farrar and Parker.

PRE-ORDER: CD EDITION | VINYL EDITION | DELUXE CD EDITION

 

TERROIR BLUES: THE DOGTOWN SESSIONS

The latest digital release Terroir Blues: The Dogtown Sessions is now available through Jay’s web store as well as iTunes and all other digital outlets.


This latest release features an 11-track sequence, including 5 alternate mixes from the Terroir Blues session (“Cahokian”,  “Fool King's  Crown”, “Dent County”, “Out on the Road” and “Walk You Down”) as well as 6 re-mastered tracks from the original 2003 Terroir Blues release.

Jay’s web store exclusively features the album art for this release.

 
 

SON VOLT TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM AND PLAY IN 2012

We will be releasing a new Son Volt album in the Fall of 2012 (more info to come).  In advance of that release, the band will be playing a few shows throughout the year.  Along with Jay, the touring line-up will feature Dave Bryson on drums, Andrew Duplantis on bass, Gary Hunt on guitar and Mark Spencer on keyboard and steel.  We have these shows confirmed so far:

  SON VOLT TOUR DATES
  May 24 The Waiting Room Omaha, NE
  May 26 Meadowgrass Festival Black Forest, CO
 

NEW MERCHANDISE ADDED TO JAY FARRAR STORE

The limited edition letterpress poster from Jay's recent solo tour is now available here . The 'Roosters' poster is limited to 200 are are 18" X 24". Check it out here!

Kerouac tour t-shirts and posters from the October 2009 dates in Jay's Store are now available!  These shirts feature the dates of the shows on the back.  The posters are a beautiful woodcut and feature the dates as well.

 
 

ONE FAST MOVE OR I’M GONE: KEROUAC’S BIG SUR NOW AVAILABLE
Order One Fast Move Or I’m Gone: Kerouac’s Big Sur. There are several formats available:

Digital album

Standard CD

CD/DVD combo – includes cd and documentary dvd

Vinyl – 180-gram vinyl that includes the DVD in the sleeve

Limited edition box set – includes cd, dvd, the complete paperback of Kerouac’s Big Sur, 24-page book which includes never-published photos of Jack Kerouac, etc.

Place your order here!

 
 
SON VOLT RETURNS WITH 'AMERICAN CENTRAL DUST'

Son Volt’s new album,American Central Dust,’, was released on July 7th!  You can purchase the CD or vinyl through the Jay Farrar store!

Son Volt returns with American Central Dust,’ on Rounder Records, a plaintive 12-song collection that recalls the melodic succinctness of the band’s debut album ‘Trace.’  After the musical experimentation of 2007’s ‘The Search, ’ ‘American Central Dust,’ the band’s first album on Rounder, refines the band’s robust sound. Fiddle, pedal steel, lap steel and sparkling piano add an atmospheric nuance to Son Volt’s Americana inspired rock, surrounding band leader Jay Farrar’s stream of consciousness lyrical imagery.
 
Album highlights include; the rootsy shuffle of album opener “Dynamite,” on which Farrar declares “this love is like celebrating the 4th of July with dynamite,” the tremolo soaked rocker “Down To The Wire,’ the gorgeous, piano led “Cocaine And Ashes,” an empathetic tribute to Keith Richards, references a man who’s “the same as everyone, just kind of lucky,” and ‘Sweetheart of the Rodeo’-esque rocker “No Turning Back.”

When asked about signing to the new label, Farrar said "Rounder has shown a long term commitment to music forms, like folk and blues, that I have a lot of respect for.  Going with Rounder has been a kind of a full circle continuum -- the first Rounder person I met with was instrumental in booking Uncle Tupelo gigs years ago"
 
‘American Central Dust’ features Jay Farrar (guitar, harmonica, vocals), Dave Bryson (drums), Andrew Duplantis (bass guitar, backing vocals), Chris Masterson (lead guitar), Mark Spencer (keyboards, steel guitar).  Son Volt’s national tour begins in July.

‘AMERICAN CENTRAL DUST’ tracklist:
1. Dynamite, 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, 9. Exiles, 10. Sultana, 11. Strength And Doubt, 12. Jukebox of Steel

 
 
SON VOLT ON AQUARIUM DRUNKARD
Check out AquariumDrunkard.com to read an interview with Jay and download a MP3 of “Down to the Wire”.
 
 
SON VOLT ON RUSTED ROBOT
Check out RustedRobot.com for an interview with Jay.
 
 

OTHER PRESS
Check out The Wall Street Journal for a Son Volt feature.  Also, Spin, NY Times, and many other newspapers will be running reviews next week.

 
 

JAY SPEAKS ABOUT "COCAINE AND ASHES" ON SPINNER.COM
Spinner caught up with Son Volt songwriter and frontman Jay Farrar to ask him about the song "Cocaine and Ashes" from the upcoming new Son Volt album 'American Central Dust. When Jay heard that Rolling Stones' Keith Richards reportedly cut some cocaine with his father's ashes and then railed them, he became inspired enough to write a song about it. Read about it here!

 
 
MERCHANDISE AND WEB SITES
Look for updated merchandise as well as new websites for Son Volt and Jay Farrar in 2010.
 
 
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SON VOLT


The poet’s voice need not merely be the record of man,
it can be one of the props, the pillars to help him endure and prevail.
—William Faulkner, 1950

Trying not to wear hearts on sleeves
But that’s the way it seems to always be
The salt and the steel of the breath
Of those not keeping still
—Jay Farrar, 2008

After spearheading the alt country movement with Uncle Tupelo, Jay Farrar pursued his vision with Son Volt, who recorded three landmark albums in the ’90s before the groundbreaking artist put the band on extended hiatus and cut three solo LPs. Missing the free exchange of ideas and the surprises that inevitably occur when a group of simpatico musicians lock together, Farrar assembled a new lineup of Son Volt in 2004.

“Making solo recordings can be fulfilling, but you quickly become aware of self- capabilities and limitations,” says Farrar. “The band dynamic is such that everyone is bringing a diverse amount of experience into play and pushing everyone else—usually into the unknown, but that’s a good place to make music.”

 American Central Dust, Son Volt’s third album in four years (Rounder, July 7), following ’05’s Okemah and the Melody of Riot and ’07’s The Search, marks the apotheosis of both the Son Volt dynamic and the rigorous aesthetic that distinguishes Farrar’s entire body of work, in which classic and contemporary elements are fashioned into arresting new shapes.

In the classic sense, the new album exhilaratingly carries on the tradition of the Byrds, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Little Feat circa Sailin’ Shoes, the Rolling Stones of Exile on Main Street and early R.E.M. “The approach was to get back to more fundamental themes, both lyrically and musically, to make a more focused record,” Farrar explains. “The Search was more about expanding the scope in terms of song structures and instrumentation. This time around, I was going for a kind of simplicity, even in the structure of the songs. I probably learned that from listening to Tom Waits, where simplicity can be a virtue.”

As for the contemporary side, “Just like with previous records, I have a daily habit of paying close attention to the news, and some of that does lead its way into the writing,” he acknowledges. Written during the summer of 2008, a period when  it was becoming increasingly evident that the center would not hold, these 12 songs vividly capture the unease of a people in crisis, as the familiar was becoming surreal and long-held assumptions were in the process of unraveling. An epic lament for the heartland, American Central Dust is populated with readily recognizable characters, the most hopeful of them searching for love against a backdrop of rusted road signs and abandoned factories. In this world of “greys and blues,” as Farrar puts it, the intimacies of human relationships are knotted up in predicaments that arise out of struggling to get by while desperately grasping at whatever remnants of the American Dream are still within reach.

These songs are the modern-day aural equivalent of the photographs of Walker Evans, Robert Frank and William Eggleston: sharply observed yet compassionate images of the telling details of everyday life during hard times. Several of them play out as psychological travelogues, as Farrar captures moods in motion. “I suppose I gather ideas for my songs while on the road,” he says, “but there’s also always the consciousness there that the songs are gonna be played on the road, so it’s intertwined.”

Surrounding Farrar are drummer Dave Bryson (a regular since Farrar’s third solo LP, 2003’s live Stone, Steel & Bright Lights)and bassist Andrew Duplantis (who joined the group for Okemah and the Melody of Riot), and a pair of new additions in guitarist Chris Masterson, whom Farrar spotted a few years back playing with Jack Ingram, and Mark Spencer, formerly of the Blood Oranges, who switches off between keyboards, pedal steel and lap steel. All but Bryson contribute backing vocals. “This lineup was together about eight months when we recorded last October,” says Farrar, “so the record represents the coalescence of the group as it stands now.”  Adding another dimension to the array is Eleanor Whitmore, who sits in on violin and viola.

Recording live off the floor to analog tape in Farrar’s St. Louis studio, filled with prized vintage gear, the players deftly brought these songs to life, as the bandleader concentrated on acoustic guitar, allowing the songs to develop as they were being recorded, bringing a hushed intimacy to certain songs, while in others Masterson and Spencer engage in bristling interaction more incendiary than one is used to encountering in folk-rock and country-rock settings like these.

When the recording was completed, Farrar gave the tracks to artist/producer Joe Henry (Solomon Burke, Betty LaVette) and his engineer Ryan Freeland, who together handled the mix. “I liked his work on the Solomon Burke record Don't Give Up on Me, especially the attention to detail—whether it was re-amped vocals or strategically placed effects,” says Farrar. The two met in the early ’90s when Uncle Tupelo toured with Henry’s band. The connection deepened when Eric Heywood and Jim Boquist, who’d played with Henry on that tour, became part of Son Volt’s initial lineup.

In less than three minutes, opening track “Dynamite” encapsulates the album’s themes, in which love sprouts through cracks in the asphalt, and its sounds, formal, taut and timeless. “Plastic grocery bags fly from the trees/Proud symbols of cavalier progress,” Farrar sings in the captivating lead single “Down to the Wire” over a martial beat and what sounds like dueling guitars, one tremolo, the other fuzzed-out to the max. The fuzztone part is actually Spencer’s Wurlitzer played through a guitar amp. On “Dust and Daylight,” a fiddle does a two-step with an eight-string Fender pedal steel, the same axe used by Sneaky Pete Kleinow on the Burritos’ records, and Spencer gives the part a similar keening soulfulness.

“Sultana” draws on agonies deep in the past, employing the language of traditional folk to tell the tragic tale of the worst American maritime disaster, which took place on the Mississippi River just north of Memphis in 1865. “The Titanic of the Mississippi was the Sultana,” Farrar sings, summing up his detailed account of the shipwreck.  The great river also plays a connective role in “Pushed Too Far,” a tale of two cities, New Orleans (where he lived for a time in the ’90s) and his hometown of St. Louis, complete with references to N’awlins blues singer Snooks Eaglin and St. Louis legend Chuck Berry, who still plays locally. 

In “When the Wheels Don’t Move,” a fuzztone guitar mimics grinding gears as Farrar gazes at the debris of a once-thriving industrial sector victimized by “hubris and greed” and asks, “Who makes the decision/To feed the tanks and not the mouths/When the wheels don’t move?” “That one was inspired by that period last year when gas prices skyrocketed,” Farrar explains. “I started thinking of it in terms of bands just starting out—how they could even afford to tour anymore. They’re maybe making $100 a gig, and it costs more than that to get from one town to the next.” In other songs, the titles themselves tell the tale: “No Turning Back,” “Pushed Too Far,” “Exiles,” “Strength and Doubt.”

When asked whether he intended any of these songs as sociopolitical commentary, Farrar responds: “Indirectly, but I think there’s also a little more positivity in this record than in previous ones. I was talking to a friend the other day about the last eight years, and the experience was like being a rider in the backseat of a car with a reckless driver—always on edge and occasionally shouting ‘No!’ But to a certain degree, some of these songs are more introspective.”
 
The most introspective of all is “Cocaine and Ashes,” a high, lonesome ballad that sounds like it could’ve come off Side Two of Exile. The song starts with the lines, “I’ve had strychnine they thought I was dead/I snorted my father and I’m still alive.” Farrar acknowledges it was inspired by the news story in which Keith Richards claimed to have snorted up the ashes of his cremated father, before explaining that he’d been joking. “I was actually kind of moved by Keith’s idiosyncratic demonstration of his love for his deceased father,” says Farrar. “That’s Keith’s way of doing things; doing drugs is what he knows. Ultimately, it’s supposed to be an empathetic song, and I hope it comes across that way.”

Rarely does a musical work so powerfully capture the zeitgeist of its historical moment while also honoring the traditions of rock & roll with such rawboned grace. This is a record that cries out to be blasted from car stereos from coast to coast. It’ll do much more than a tank of gas to get the wheels moving again.



MUSIC



The Search
American Central Dust

Release Date:  July 07, 2009
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The Search
The Search

Release Date:  March 06, 2007
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Okemah And The Melody Of Riot
Okemah And The Melody Of Riot
Release Date:  October 04, 2005
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The Search
A Retrospective 1995 - 2000

Release Date:  May 24, 2005
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Okemah And The Melody Of Riot
Wide Swing Tremolo
Release Date:  October 06, 1998
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  The Search
Straightaways

Release Date: April 22, 1997
Buy CD | Buy Vinyl


Okemah And The Melody Of Riot
Trace
Release Date:  September 19, 1995
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Son Volt LIVE 6 String Belief
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6 String Belief DVD

Recorded September 23, 2005


Son Volt LIVE 6 String Belief
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Live From Austin, Texas DVD

Recorded November 11, 1996





PHOTOS

Press Photos:

Son Volt - The Search Press Photo
Click photo for high res version. Once open, right click "Save as" to download high res version.
Credits: Son Volt: left to right: Dave Bryson, Chris Masterson, Jay Farrar, Andrew Duplantis, Mark Spencer
Photo: J.Wagner & S.Waugh

 

Son Volt - The Search Press Photo
Click photo for high res version. Once open, right click "Save as" to download high res version.
Credits: Son Volt: left to right: Andrew Duplantis, Chris Masterson, Jay Farrar, Dave Bryson, Mark Spencer
Photo: J.Wagner & S.Waugh



EXTRAS

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CONTACT

Band - grainelevator@sonvolt.net - PO Box 3141, Jersey City, NJ 07303

Manager - Sharon Agnello - Steel Toe Artist Management - info@steeltoemgmt.com

North American, Australian & Japanese booking - Frank Riley - High Road Touring - 415-332-9292

UK, Ireland, European booking agent – Bas Flesseman bas@belmontbookings.nl

US Press – Nick Baily nbaily@shorefire.com or Rob Krauser rkrauser@shorefire.com 718-522-7171

UK Press - Sara Silver – Sara.Silver@umusic.com

Canadian Press - Kim Junega kim@indoorrecess.com



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