Ben Gibbard and Jay Farrar hail from
different sides of the tracks. The Death Cab for Cutie frontman is the gentle
romantic type who broods about lost loves, while the Son Volt lead singer is
more of the country punk who wouldn't be out...
Rising from the ashes of Uncle Tupelo (the same seminal alt-country group that gave rise to Wilco), Son Volt is the brainchild of guitarist-songwriter Jay Farrar. After a three-album run in the 1990s, Farrar shelved the group to focus on solo work, but by 2004 he had begun to miss the give-and-take of being in a band. Re-forming with a new lineup, Son Volt...
Old Roots, New Routes: The Cultural Politics of Alt.Country Music(University
of Michigan Press) is a collection of in-depth essays approaching the
subject matter with the best of intentions. Each explores
characteristics of the music from thoughtful and well-researched
perspectives. But most if not all leave no hint that they are
investigating a musical idiom that possibly exists nowhere except in
the minds of those for whom...