Son Volt

Jesse Farrar (of Old Salt Union)

at El Rey Theater
620 Central Ave NW
Albuquerque NM 87102
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Time: 7:30pm     Day: Monday     Doors: 6:30pm     Ages: 21+ without parent or guardian    

PROOF OF VACCINATION OR NEGATIVE TEST REQUIRED FOR ENTRANCE

Due to rising concerns about the Delta variant and to assure the health of our patrons, artists and staff, as well as the continued health of the concert industry, AMP is instituting a required proof of vaccination policy for all indoor concerts (or proof of negative test within 72 hours by a health care professional) to attend the upcoming concert. Vaccinations must have been completed 14 days prior to the show. 

We'll be checking vaccine cards and negative test results at the entrance. Photo of document will be accepted and must bring matching ID to verify.

Thanks for your cooperation and understanding.

Tickets cost $28 in advance, $33 day of show (including all service charges). They are also available by phone through Hold My Ticket at 505-886-1251.

2020 was not quite what Jay Farrar was expecting for the 25th anniversary of Son Volt, the band he started in 1995 after leaving the seminal group Uncle Tupelo, whose No Depression album helped define the alt-country and Americana genre. The group had just finished an Outlaw Country Cruise when the pandemic hit and sent them into their homes on lockdown.

Instead of a triumphant tour marking the illustrious landmark, Farrar was forced indoors by the pandemic, and his "Reverie" during that time helped define Electro Melodier, Son Volt's 10th studio album—and third for influential Nashville indie Thirty Tigers. The title, taken from the names of two vintage amplifiers from the late 40s and early 50s, also describes the disc's unique blend of folk, country, blues, soul and rock—an electric troubadour with melodies that hit and stick. Social protest songs like "Living in the U.S.A." and "The Globe," the former about the promises of this nation gone wrong, the latter referencing the street protests accompanying the Black Lives Matter movement, exist side by side with odes to long-term relationships (specifically his 25-year marriage) in "Diamonds and Cigarettes" and "Lucky Ones." 

Once again accompanied by the current Son Volt line-up—keyboardist/steel guitarist Mark Spencer, bassist Andrew Duplantis, guitarist Chris Frame and drummer Mark Patterson—Farrar takes a slight turn from 2019's politically pointed Union to a series of songs that asks questions rather than demanding answers—think of "Living in the U.S.A." as Farrar's version of Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the U.S.A.," Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World" or Patti Smith's "People Have the Power," an anthem to unite the populace. 

Primary vocalist and bassist of Old Salt Union, Jesse Farrar (yes, he's related—Son Volt front man Jay Farrar is Jesse's uncle) brings an alternative rock spirit as well as his unique formative experiences as a hip hop producer and bass player for a national tour of The Four Freshmen.


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