Almanac Music: ‘Electro Melodier’ – Son Volt

After legendary  group Uncle Tupelo, whose No Depression album helped define the alt-country and Americana genre, broke up in 1994, the two main stays of the group went their separate ways into new bands.  Jeff Tweedy formed Wilco and Jay Farrar formed Son Volt with both continuing successful musical careers in their respective bands.


Jay Farrar planned to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Son Volt’s seminal debut album Trace with with a ‘triumphant’ tour but Covid-19 and the lockdown unfortunately changed all that.



Instead, the enforced layoff from touring allowed him and the band to enter the studios and record their 10th Son Volt studio album, Electro Melodier,  named after two vintage amplifiers from the late ‘40s and early ‘50s, reflects the disc’s unique blend of folk, country, blues, soul and rock.


Check out “Diamonds and Cigarettes” from Son Volt’s new album Electro Melodier




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About Colin Ritchie

Retired teacher who enjoys following the Bombers, listening to music especially Bob Dylan, reading, and swimming.


  1. Terrific stuff. Powerful gentle melody. Brilliant lyrics – what a metaphor for a life well and badly lived.
    Thanks Col – will check out the rest of the album on Apple Music – I’m sure they need my $0.00000001.

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