Singer, songwriter Jay Farrar
Singer ~ Songwriter
Uncle Tupelo ~ Son Volt

Jay Farrar

December 26, 1966, Belleville, IL

As a founding member of Uncle Tupelo and Son Volt, songwriter Jay Farrar helped popularize the alt-country movement of the 1990s. He also launched a solo career during the following decade, making it plain that his musical ambitions stretched far beyond the retro-leaning twang of his contemporaries. ~ Allmusic: Jay Farrar ~ retrieved December 23, 2013 © Allmusic

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Uncle Tupelo

Mixing noisy punk-influenced guitar and feedback with country-tinged melodic twang, Uncle Tupelo was one of the preeminent roots bands that arose in the heartland in the wake of alternative rock. ~ Rolling Stone: Uncle Tupelo ~ retrieved August 26, 2013 © Rolling Stone

Son Volt

Formed by frontman Jay Farrar following his split from alt-country pioneers Uncle Tupelo, Son Volt provided Farrar with a vehicle for his songwriting and over the course of 6 albums the band has carved a niche for itself as one of America’s most critically acclaimed acts. ~ Decca: Son Volt ~ retrieved Jun 12, 2012 © Decca

After touring in support of their 1993 masterpiece, Anodyne, the seminal alternative country band Uncle Tupelo split up over long-simmering creative differences between co-leaders Jay Farrar and Jeff Tweedy. Tweedy recruited much of the band to form Wilco, while Farrar teamed up with original Tupelo drummer Mike Heidorn to form Son Volt, the more tradition-minded of the two Tupelo offshoots. ~ Allmusic: Son Volt ~ retrieved December 15, 2013 © Allmusic

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