Lenten Listen #27: Son Volt – Trace March 20, 2012Posted by Matt in Lent.
Tags: Lent, Son Volt, Trace, Windfall
It was about 1996, I was a freshman in college and digging through a pile of used CDs at the local music store when I came upon this debut album from Son Volt. I had read something, somewhere about them in the past, but had never heard them before, given the dearth of decent radio stations in central Arkansas at that time, so I laid down my $5 (or whatever it cost) and took it away with me.
From the first song, “Windfall,” I became enthralled with Jay Farrar’s world-weary voice, just as I have been ever since. I soon dove in a little deeper, finding Uncle Tupelo and Wilco and discovering the world of alt-country. So, thanks you Jay Farrar for opening my eyes to some incredible music.
From the aformentioned “Windfall”
Switching it over to AM
Searching for a truer sound
Can’t recall the call letters
Steel guitar and settle down
Catching an all night station
Somewhere in Louisiana
It sounds like 1963
But for now it sounds like heaven