A little drawing I am working on called “Dust of Daylight” after one of my favorite Son Volt songs.  This is for the Bad Apple monthly drawing contest.  This month’s theme is “Dia de los muertos”.  All the finished works will be posted on the facebook fan page here:  on August 27th. 

Your likes help decide which artist wins and gets to pick the theme for next month.  You can also bid on your favorite works with a low starting bid of only $20.

The influential alt-country group Uncle Tupelo spawned Wilco and Son Volt shortly after it broke up in the mid-‘90s. On today’s episode of World Cafe, hear archival performances from all three bands, and assess the state of their genre as it’s continued to develop.

Photo: Uncle Tupelo at the Sapphire Supper Club in Orlando, Fla. Jeff Tweedy (second from left) went on to form Wilco, while Jay Farrar (second from right) created Son Volt. By Jim Leatherman.

  • Windfall
  • Son Volt
  • Trace

“Windfall” by Son Volt

I’m a Jay Farrar man.  Tweedy and Wilco just fail to impress me.  I like A.M. and Being There, but everything else kind of bores me.  I realize Uncle Tupelo dissolved when I was nine, so it’s hard to say with any certainty, but I think I would’ve sided with Tweedy at the time.  Looking over their careers though, Farrar takes the lead by a long shot.


Son Volt - “True to Life”
Originally appeared on Uncle Tupelo’s album Still Feel Gone

Son Volt: Trace (Deluxe Reissue)

Released to both commemorate the 20th anniversary of Son Volt’s 1995 debut and, perhaps more importantly, promote forthcoming concerts accurately billed as “Jay Farrar Performs Songs of Trace” (note the absence of the band’s name), this expanded reissue is a reminder of the original album’s considerable charms.  The initial eleven tracks are enhanced with eight additional demos on the first disc with the second devoted to an hour-long show from the subsequent tour. Click here to read more.