Its tales could be chapters from Zane Gray novels, its characters the subjects of country ballads that whine from juke boxes in rural bars. Honky Tonk hums with pedal steel, fiddles, acoustic guitar, and the occasional organ interlude. Waltzes and mid-tempo ballads populate the release. Angel of the Blues. Shine On. Hearts and Minds Jay Farrar. Brick Walls Jay Farrar. Wild Side Jay Farrar. Down the Highway Jay Farrar. Bakersfield Jay Farrar. Livin' On Jay Farrar. Tears of Change Jay Farrar.
Angel of the Blues Jay Farrar. Seawall Jay Farrar. Tears of Change 8. Angel of the Blues 9. Seawall Barricades Shine On. Personnel: Jay Farrar vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica ; Gary Hunt electric guitar, mandolin, fiddle ; Mark Spencer electric guitar, keyboards, bass guitar ; Justin Branum fiddle ; Thayne Bradford accordion ; Dave Bryson drums, percussion.
Uncle Tupelo pretty much established the subgenre of alt-country in with the release of No Depression, and the band's two main songwriters and singers, Jay Farrar and Jeff Tweedy, seemed to fulfill the promise that Gram Parsons, the Flying Burrito Brothers, and the Sweetheart of the Rodeo-era Byrds had mapped out over two decades before, a perfect synthesis of rock and country. When Uncle Tupelo split in , Tweedy, always more on the pop side of things, formed Wilco, which enjoyed commercial and critical success, while Farrar, who mapped out the moodier, more hangdog country side of things, formed Son Volt, a band with no aspirations for the charts, indie or otherwise, and while Son Volt's albums have been strong, interesting, and decidedly uncommercial ever since, they all lead, it seems, to this new one, Honky Tonk, which arrives at last squarely in country territory more specifically, the Bakersfield country of Buck Owens and Merle Haggard , with nary an electric guitar in sight.
Full of slow and midtempo waltzes and shuffles, and framed and led by pedal steel guitars and twin fiddles, along with Farrar's weary, never-in-a-big-hurry, laid-back but somehow mysteriously intense vocals, Honky Tonk is full of a beautiful, thoughtful, and almost Zen-like approach to life, all set against a classic old-school Bakersfield country backdrop. Songs here like "Hearts and Minds," "Wild Side," "Bakersfield," "Angel of the Blues," and "Shine On" aren't rave-ups, and aren't bitter barroom apologies, but are filled instead with a kind of stubborn hope and joy, made perhaps even more powerful for being from the 21st century while sounding like they came from the century before.
The whole album accumulates in a powerful, meditative way, and its themes are less about drinking and trying to forget the past than they are about making peace with the past and trying to remember it and use it as a spark and a springboard to the future. Honky Tonk is country facing forward informed by the past. Drive-By Truckers. Sales: Country Tailgate Sale. May 18, Retrieved April 19, Retrieved February 11, Associated Press. Retrieved January 2, Kennedy Center. Accessed February 4, The Augusta Chronicle.
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