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Formed by frontman Jay Farrar following his split from alt-country pioneers Uncle Tupelo, Son Volt provided Farrar (and fellow band members, drawn from musical stablemates Wilco) with a vehicle for his songwriting and over the course of 6 albums the band has carved a niche for itself as one of America’s most critically acclaimed acts.

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  • Audio CD (4 Mar. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B00B00HSUO
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,124 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)


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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Mar. 2013
Format: Audio CD
Jay Farrar is one of the founders of alternative country and along with Jeff Tweedy formed one of the most influential US bands ever the late great Uncle Tupelo. While Tweedy's Wilco has branched out into many different musical genre's Farrar has stayed true to the original country vision of the "No Depression" manifesto and is back with his band Son Volt to perform a splendid range of rock solid country songs inspired by a prime source. As Farrar stated in a recent interview for Spinner magazine "I wanted to acknowledge and pay homage to the country music that came out of Bakersfield; Wynn Stewart, Buck Owens and Merle Haggard," It is a genuine and loving tribute since the eleven songs on "Honky tonk" that strictly adheres to the vision of Hank Williams and Haggard and there treatises on heartache, heartbreak and headaches. The homage to Bakersfield gives the album a more acoustic bent than much of Son Volt's previous recordings although this record could be seen as a first cousin of 2009s 'American Central Dust".

If you love sad songs of wrecked lives and wastage played with fat pedal steel guitar, an aching fiddle and classic images of the American "flyover states" this is the album for you. Farrar's mournful bourbon soaked vocals get better with age and his deep country drawl is no better exemplified on the gorgeous pure pain of "Angel of the blues" which should be listened to in a bar deep in the mid west with bottle of sipping whiskey and a burgeoning hangover. The songs "Bakersfield" is a cracker where Farrar plays a mean pedal steel and sings of working the land with minimal reward and "no cup of gold or candy mountain". "Down the highway" is even more desolate and you can almost feel the heat coming off a hot dirty straight road.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Denise E. on 17 Aug. 2013
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There's continuity between Son Volt's last album, American Central Dust, and Honky Tonk: both are inspired by music which is purely American, which has grown out of the heartland & even the American collective mythology. But Honky Tonk delves deeper into country/Americana. Farrar captures the essence of this genre, some of the songs could easily have been written half a century ago or performed by Hank Williams. There are fiddles here, and steel guitar.

But though the songs have may hark back to an earlier time, they are all Jay's - his voice and singing style are perfect for this type of song, it's as if he were born to sing these. The subjects are ones Jay Farrar's visited many times before: the vagaries of love, long highways, weariness, struggle, redemption, hope. The roots go not only deep into American music's past, but into his own: some of these songs would have been right at home on Son Volt's debut album, Trace - or on an Uncle Tupelo release.

The production is just a little murky - this isn't new for Son Volt and somehow it really works. (Super-bright and clear notes aren't what these songs are all about anyway.) The band sounds like they love playing these songs. They transport you to a worn roadside bar, at some undefinable moment somewhere from the 1940s to the present.

It isn't an album which will shock you - or break much new ground - it's just not that kind of music. But it's perfect for the kind of thing it is.

I love to listen to music in the car, and that's how I first heard Honky Tonk. It's perfect for the road and will be the soundtrack to a whole lot of my road trips this spring & summer.

If you like the country, acoustic Son Volt - or just want a fresh new take on old-school country, I think you'll much enjoy Honky Tonk!
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Remember that ole classic "Wild Side of Life" (it was even covered by the Quo back in the day)? Well Jay Farrar surely does. This evocative, laid-back album conjures up the lyrical and musical ghosts of Hank Williams and those anguished 40s-era country ballads -- lots of lyrics about Honky Tonk angels and living on the wild side. Like any good vintage, it just gets better with every listen. Simple songs about profound things. As good a definition of real country music as you can get.
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By Carol Shelton on 14 Jun. 2013
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Having heard a lot about this band buying the CD was something of an exploration and I was not disappointed. Very pleasant addition to my collection.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anders Thomasberg on 27 May 2013
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Good but not the best of their records. Some of the older ones are quite a lot better than this one.
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