Son Volt

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: St. Louis musician Gary Hunt is always eager to play his own guitar, dobro, mandolin or fiddle, but he is reluctant to blow his own horn.

When he is asked about his band affiliations, the answer comes back so … matter-of-factly:

“I play with a band called Swing DeVille, which is a gypsy jazz swing band. I play a couple of times a month with a hard country band called the Grovers. I play with a Western swing band called the Palominos. I play with Sandy Weltman in a gypsy band called Hot Club Caravan. I play with a bluegrass band, the Lonesome Pines. And then I also play with Nick Nixon, who is a pretty well known songwriter and big country guy in St. Louis.”

Emily Nathan

Belleville, Illinois native Jay Farrar is the leader of the band Son Volt, an alt-country group formed in 1994 after the break-up of Uncle Tupelo.

Earlier this month Farrar, with his band Son Volt, released Honky Tonk (Rounder Records), a more acoustic-based sound which recalls the classic Bakersfield honky tonk music.

The new album also features Farrar’s foray into playing the pedal steel guitar, which he learned while playing with the St. Louis band, Colonel Ford.