The 10 songs on Notes Of Blue are inspired by the spirit of the blues, but not the standard blues as most know it. The unique and haunting tunings of Mississippi Fred McDowell, Skip James and Nick Drake were all points of exploration for Farrar for the new collection. The album opens with the country soul of "Promise The World", followed by "Back Against The Wall", a song that could stand alongside the great Son Volt songs of their early albums. Farrar possesses one of the most distinctive voices in roots, rock, country or any genre. He exudes a soulful longing combined with a wise-beyond-his-years command that is as arresting and compelling as ever. As a songwriter, Farrar’s depth and poetic penchant has been the foundation of a thoughtful, deep and intelligent body of work. Both attributes are on full display on Notes Of Blue, as he touches on themes of redemption and the common struggle, both of which are at the core of the blues. Whether you call it alt.country, Americana, roots rock, insurgent country or just good ol’ rock ‘n’ roll, musical trends appear and disappear on regular basis. Notes Of Blue is a testament to the legacy of inspiration and creative spirit that Jay Farrar and Son Volt continue to uphold.

Song Lyrics:

No time to be wayward
No time to be unwound
With darkness at your doorstep
Keep your feet on the ground

There will be times of injustice
Times when there’s more lost than found
Down times mixed with days of wonder
A real-life spinning merry-go-round

With this back against the wall
All will soon be revealed
Sirens sound and spirits fall
With just this back against this wall

The signs will serve as your guide
Above the water with it held high
May you always go the distance
Through the darkness and the light

All the signs say pick up the pieces
All the signs say make a stand as one
What survives the long cold winter
Will be stronger and can’t be undone

With this back against the wall
All will soon be revealed
Sirens sound and spirits fall
With just this back against this wall

With this back against the wall
All will soon be revealed
Sirens sound and spirits fall
With just this back against this wall


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