Jay Farrar has the distinction of having been in two of the genre-defining bands of the alt. country movement, first as a member of Uncle Tupelo and then as the leader of Son Volt. Released in 1995, Son Volt’s debut album Trace has become known as a classic of the genre. Last week, Rhino released a remastered and expanded version of the album for its 20th anniversary, and Farrar came to the Birchmere on Wednesday night as a solo artist (backed by original Son Volt pedal steel player Eric Heywood along with Gary Hunt on electric guitar, mandolin, and fiddle) to support the reissue.
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Why You Should Care:
So, an important person in your life likes Wilco. Should you buy this person Alpha Mike Foxtrot, the recently released set of B-sides and live cuts? The answer depends only on your loved one's level of Wilco fandom. The hardcore completists will have chased down these tracks on 90s alt-country compilations, soundtracks, and hard-to-find releases, and may, as a consequence, be underwhelmed by the lack of never-before-heard material. But even the most hardcore fan will find value in the high sound quality of the release, the live cuts, and Jeff Tweedy's track-by-track liner notes, replete with his trademark self-deprecation.