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Notes of Blue

Son Volt

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1
Promise the World
Son Volt
3:20
2
Back Against the Wall
Son Volt
3:27
3
Static
Son Volt
2:29
4
Cherokee St
Son Volt
2:59
5
The Storm
Son Volt
2:38
6
Lost Souls
Son Volt
2:16
7
Midnight
Son Volt
3:07
8
Sinking Down
Son Volt
3:28
9
Cairo and Southern
Son Volt
4:39
10
Threads and Steel
Son Volt
2:05
Total Playing Time    30:28
"... blues-inspired tracks that take their cues from left field influences such as Mississippi Fred McDowell, Skip James and Nick Drake."
- Rolling Stone

"... no exception to (Jay) Farrar's innovative approach ... the vintage Son Volt sound gives way to the distorted, chunky blues-rock riffs that dominate the album ... a pretty entertaining effort by these musical veterans ... Farrar has the talent and ability to write any kind of song he wants to, so it's nice to see him write the album he wants to write instead of pandering to a nostalgic fan base pining for mid-to-late '90s Son Volt ... a solid effort overall ..."
- Exclaim!

Notes of Blue was inspired by the spirit of the blues, but not the standard blues most commonly known. Son Volt's Jay Farrar used the unique and haunting guitar tunings of Skip James, Mississippi Fred McDowell and Nick Drake as points of exploration for this collection, reflecting the blues in the folk tradition but heavily amplified. As a result, Notes of Blue features far more fingerpicking than previous Son Volt albums and even, a nod to McDowell, some bellowing, rambunctious slide.

"To me there’s always been a mystique attached to those three tunings and those three performers. So I was compelled to get inside those tunings and see what was there. Skip James’ tuning in particular, supposedly has its origins in the Bahamas ... it has built into it kind of an intangible haunting effect. Something you can’t quite put your finger on but it’s there."
- Jay Ferrar
44.1 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Transmit Sound Studio Masters

Recorded and mixed at Red Pill, St. Louis, MO
Production assistance by Jacob Detering and John Agnello
Engineered by Jacob Detering
Assistant engineer: Sam Olhausen
Mixed by John Agnello
Mix assistance by Jacob Detering
Mastered by Brad Sarno at Blue Jade Audio, St. Louis, MO
Panorama photo by Jay Farrar
Illustration and design by Kevin Belford

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