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Son Volt - Union Vinyl LP - direct audio

Son Volt - Union Vinyl LP

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  • $ 1998


Son Volt Union Vinyl LP

Jay Farrar channels folk music's enduring legacy of the troubadour on Son Volt's ninth studio album, Union. "There are so many forces driving our country apart," observes Farrar. "What can we do to bring our society back together?" Initially intended to be an entirely political statement, Union morphed into a combination of politically inspired material balanced by a cluster of new songs reflecting the power of love, time and music that sustains us. "While Rome Burns" emphasizes finding unity during times of turmoil while an album highlight, "Devil May Care," offers the distraction we need, an effusive tribute to the fun of playing and creating music.

A unique aspect of Union is that eight of the thirteen songs were recorded at places associated with two figures in American history whom Farrar considers important – labor and community organizer Mary Harris "Mother Jones" and iconic folk hero Woody Guthrie. Three songs were tracked at the Mother Jones Museum in Mount Olive, Illinois and four others were recorded at the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The legacy of Woody Guthrie helped to inform Union's closing song "The Symbol" which was inspired by Guthrie's classic "Deportee" ("Plane Wreck at Los Gatos").

Union features long time band members Mark Spencer (piano, organ, acoustic slide, lap steel, backing vocals) Andrew DuPlantis (bass, backing vocals), returning member Chris Frame (guitar), as well as newest member Mark Patterson on drums and percussion.

Son Volt Union Track Listing:

1. While Rome Burns
2. The 99
3. Devil May Care
4. Broadsides
5. Reality Winner
6. Union
7. The Reason
8. Lady Liberty
9. Holding Your Own
10. Truth To Power Blues
11. Rebel Girl
12. Slow Burn
13. The Symbol


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