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Jay Farrar accompanied by Gary Hunt 11/06 : Jay Farrar accompanied by Gary Hunt On Sunday, November 6, the CCPA and KRVM proudly welcome Jay Farrar accompanied by Gary Hunt with special guest Bobby Bare Jr.. A songwriter, guitarist, harmonicist and vocalist, Jay Farrar has been defining the Alternative Country genre since the 1980s. As a founder of Uncle Tupelo, as a solo artist and as the leader of Son Volt, Jay Farrar's work often seeks out the ghosts of America's discordant or forgotten past, converses at length with them, and writes songs that stake a claim to a better future. Most recently, Farrar has added One Fast Move Or I'm Gone: Music From Kerouac's Big Sur (F-Stop/Atlantic), a collaboration project with Benjamin Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie, to his long list of critically acclaimed albums. Farrar's songwriting has long been inspired and influenced by Kerouac's compositional style. He called upon this inspiration when writing the songs for One Fast Move Or I'm Gone by pulling passages directly from Kerouac's Big Sur and putting them to music with Gibbard. These songs were then used in the documentary about Kerouac of the same name. Son Volt's most recent release, American Central Dust (Rounder), marks the apotheosis of both the Son Volt dynamic and the rigorous aesthetic that distinguishes Farrar's entire body of work, in which classic and contemporary elements are fashioned into arresting new shapes. The new album exhilaratingly carries on the tradition of the Byrds, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Little Feat circa Sailin' Shoes, the Rolling Stones of Exile on Main Street and early R.E.M. "The approach was to get back to more fundamental themes, both lyrically and musically, to make a more focused record," Farrar explains. "This time around, I was going for a kind of simplicity, even in the structure of the songs. I probably learned that from listening to Tom Waits, where simplicity can be a virtue." These songs are the modern-day aural equivalent of the photographs of Walker Evans, Robert Frank and William Eggleston: sharply observed yet compassionate images of the telling details of everyday life during hard times. Several of them play out as psychological travelogues, as Farrar captures moods in motion. "I suppose I gather ideas for my songs while on the road," he says, "but there's also always the consciousness there that the songs are gonna be played on the road, so it's intertwined." Jay Farrar, Jeff Tweedy and Mike Heidorn formed the band Uncle Tupelo in 1987 in Belleville, Illinois. The trio recorded three albums for Rockville Records before signing with Sire Records and expanding to a five-piece. Shortly after the release of the band's major label debut album Anodyne, Farrar announced his decision to leave the band due to a soured relationship with his co-songwriter Tweedy. Uncle Tupelo split on May 1, 1994, after completing a farewell tour. Following the breakup, Farrar formed Son Volt with Heidorn, while the remaining members continued as Wilco. Although Uncle Tupelo broke up before it achieved commercial success, the band is renowned for its impact on the alternative country music scene. The group's first album, No Depression, became a byword for the genre. Uncle Tupelo's sound was unlike popular country music of the time, drawing inspiration from styles as diverse as the hardcore punk of The Minutemen and the country instrumentation and harmony of the Carter Family and Hank Williams. Farrar and Tweedy lyrics frequently referred to Middle America and the working class. After the dissolution of Uncle Tupelo in 1994, Farrar formed the rock group Son Volt, whose original lineup released three albums in the late 1990s before undergoing a hiatus in 1999. In 2005, the band re-formed with a different lineup and has since released four additional albums. Jay Farrar began a solo career in 2001. As a solo artist, he has released two full length albums (Sebastopol in 2001 and Terroir Blues in 2003), two EPs, one film score, and various live recordings. His musical style ranges from sparse, unaccompanied folk music to full rock and roll band arrangements, and often include sound experiments with a psychedelic-Eastern bent. In 2006, Farrar announced the formation of a new band, Gob Iron, with Varnaline's Anders Parker. The songs which would make up their debut album were recorded in autumn 2004, while Farrar was in the process of recording a new Son Volt album. Most recently, Farrar collaborated with Ben Gibbard (of Death Cab for Cutie) to create all of the music for the soundtrack for the 2009 documentary film One Fast Move or I'm Gone, about Jack Kerouac's time spent at Big Sur. BOBBY BARE JR. Born and raised in Nashville, singer-songwriter Bobby Bare Jr. has recorded four albums with his band Bare Jr. -- two albums for Immortal Records and one each for Sony and Virgin. He was nominated for a Grammy when 6 years old for a duet with his dad called "Daddy What If" that was written by Shel Silverstein. Since 2002 Bobby has made three albums and one ep for Bloodshot Records. He's toured with Dr. Dog, The Walkmen, The Decemberists, My Morning Jacket, The Black Crowes, Boy Dylan, The Drive By Truckers, Andrew Bird and The Old 97s. Bare is the executive producer of "Twistable, Turnable Man",, a tribute album of Shel Silverstein songs performed by Bobby Bare Sr., My Morning Jacket, John Prine, Lucinda Williams, The Boxmasters, Dr. Dog, Ray Price, Kris Kristofferson, Frank Black, Todd Snider and Nanci Griffith. He sings "Daddy What If" with his daughter Isabella Bare. Bobby's latest album, A Storm -- A Tree -- My Mother's Head, came out in August 2010. Tickets are $15 in advance or at the door. Doors open at 7:30 pm and showtime is 8:00. SHOWTIME: 8:00 PM, PRICE: $15 Advance, $15 Door. BUY TICKETS NOW http://www.jayfarrar.net/ http://www.bobbybarejr.com/
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