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Indie Outing: Jay Farrar, Son Volt
Son Volt at Bonnaroo 2006
Indie-Jam Connection: Son Volt/Uncle Tupelo principal Jay Farrar is one of the founding fathers of the alternative country movement. But Farrar is also an outspoken fan of the Grateful Dead. While many modern jambands channel their love of the Dead and the Allman Brothers Band through improvisation, Farrar mixed those band’s roots-oriented, American music with his own punk background to help create the signature, hipster-approved alt-country sound.
Notable Jam Moments: Jay Farrar’s decidedly folk/country sound has made him a favorite at jam-friendly festivals ranging from Bonnaroo to Mountain Jam to Wakarusa and High Sierra. Farrar also performed a solo version of the Grateful Dead classic “Candyman” at the American Beauty Project concert held at New York’s World Financial Center in 2007.
Lot Talk: “In high-school I had a friend who was into skate-punk like the Germs and, for some reason, he also had a side that was into the Grateful Dead. I think that speaks to the appeal of The Dead—that they can cut across party lines. But at that time we kind of had to hide our love of The Dead. We just listened and put it on compilation tapes and whatnot. It was kind of a guilty pleasure,” Jay Farrar, Jambands.com
In honor of Umphrey’s McGee’s return to Summer Camp this weekend, we present the group’s Brendan Bayliss and Jake Cinninger performing this version of “The Pequod” from UM’s Anchor Drops.
Dame shares a song from her new EP Preventions of Heartbreak.
Golden Bloom stopped by Relix to perform a tune from their latest EP No Day Like Today.
The Chapin Sisters share an tune from their new album A Date With the Everly Brothers.
Minneapolis-based Night Moves share a song from their record, Colored Emotions, live at Relix.
Cloud Cult share a song from their latest album live at Relix.
The Giving Tree Band enjoy a spring day on the Relix rooftop, while performing a classic Grateful Dead tune.
Canadian singer-songwriter Hayden performs a duet with his sister-in-law Lou Canon. The song appears on Us Alone his first record on Broken Social Scene’s Arts & Crafts Productions.
The Milk Carton Kids share the first song from their new album, The Ash & Clay.
Here is the new video from Serbian guitar ace Ana Popovic. “Object Of Obsession” appears on her latest album Can You Stand The Heat.
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