Notes Of Blue by Son Volt
Son Volt claim with their 8th release, Notes of Blue, that they were aiming for where 'blues and folk and country converge'. Its too good not to claim this for Americana but certainly the down home electric Mississippi Blues feel overflows.
You always feel that you are in the hands of accomplished tunesmiths and musicians who have applied their considerable craft to the task in hand. The affairs kicks off with "Promise The World," which is reflective but joyous as Jay Farrar delivers a view of the world above Jason Kardong's captivating slide. Jay's cites Nick Drake as his inspiration for this track. (This British 1970's folk rock artist, who passed tragically young with a small catalog, is still revered and referenced by many). From here the album heads for the Blues.
"Static," whoa... RIFF ALERT! A chugging raw groove with a menacing guitar grabs your attention from the get go and eventually a visceral solo accompaniment kicks in to complete the job. A new tremendous riff is always a wondrous discovery and this builds on Reckless Kelly's Radio of 2016. "Cherokee St." picks up the stomp blues groove with a driving drum beat from Jacob Edwards and the insistent guitar through a distorted amp. We are now nicely underway.
"Lost Souls" is a great guitar track about the bands and performers who never made it but maybe should - swirling guitars accompany a hard edge. "Sinking Down" again picks up the blues stomp but offers variation with guitar signature flourishes that Jay, in his album notes, volunteers might appeal to ZZ Top. Seamlessly a change of mood and pace arrives with "Cairo And Southern," this is an acoustic languorous paean to a town long bypassed as a once busy stopover but now forgotten that reminds me of something Robbie Robertson with Danial Lanois might have jointly concocted.
Lots to love here. Check it out.
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