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Q&A: Jay Farrar on Kerouac, 'Big Sur'new

Son Volt frontman Jay Farrar has been reading Jack Kerouac since he was a teenager. But writing the music and lyrics for the soundtrack to One Fast Move or I'm Gone, a documentary about Kerouac's semi-autobiographical novel Big Sur, provided plenty of firsts for the songwriter.
Seattle Weekly  |  Chris Kornelis  |  12-07-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

Jay Farrar, Ben Gibbard, and a Bad Actress Pay Tribute to Kerouac's 'Big Sur'new

On the One Fast Move or I'm Gone soundtrack, Farrar and Gibbard trade off singing 12 songs with lyrics taken from Big Sur, including lines from the poem "Sea" that closes the novel. Farrar admits to being intimidated at first to use Kerouac as his lyricist, until he settled into a stream-of-consciousness songwriting style.
SF Weekly  |  Jennifer Maerz  |  10-22-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

Son Volt's New LP Has Deep Reverence for — And Curiosity About — Historynew

Son Volt's latest is notable for incorporating curls of pedal-steel, wistful strings and multiple nods to St. Louis' regional history.
Riverfront Times  |  Annie Zaleski  |  07-10-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

Son Volt's Brand-New Album Gets Back to the Basicsnew

With American Central Dust, Jay Farrar returns to familiar musical territory -- pedal-steel moans and shimmers, fiddle flights and trills, percussion passing time or skipping a beat, all surrounding Farrar's guitar in his signature melange of folk, country, blues and ballad pop.
Tucson Weekly  |  Linda Ray  |  07-08-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

Farrar and Awaynew

Making a case for Jay Farrar's inclusion among the alt-country elite.
San Diego CityBeat  |  Paul Saitowitz  |  02-20-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Jay Farrar Brings the Troops

Jay Farrar, longtime ringleader of veteran St. Louis rock band Son Volt, presses ahead with a new lineup and album.
Charleston City Paper  |  T. Ballard Lesemann  |  03-08-2006  |  Profiles & Interviews

Jay Farrar Forges Ahead in Post-Alt-Country Worldnew

Discerning music fans who enjoy the rare live album by an artist savvy enough not to simply re-create songs with near-studio-like precision likely will savor Jay Farrar’s new live CD, “Stone, Steel & Bright Lights.”
Cityview  |  Michael Swanger  |  06-17-2004  |  Profiles & Interviews

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