28 Years of Son Volt
In 2020, Son Volt planned to celebrate the 25th anniversary of seminal album, Trace, with a tour
that played the album from top to bottom. The pandemic had other plans. Flash forward to
2023 and they are on the road with a setlist that features Trace from beginning to end, an
homage to Doug Sahm (Sir Douglas Quintet, Texas Tornados) and a celebration of 28 years ofSon Volt.
Son Volt’s latest record, Day of the Doug, revisits the music of legendary Texas troubadourDoug Sahm. But it’s much more than fond remembrance and colorful tribute. It is a summoningand a celebration of a songwriter and performer whose work forged country, Tex-Mex, rock,rhythm and blues, folk, and psychedelia into an utterly unique American sound.
Day of the Doug steps confidently on the trails Sahm blazed. Like any journey to find a grail, Day
of the Doug also seeks out all the things that make young artists fall in love with making musicin the first place: adventure, youth novelty, and a chance to snatch a bit of immortality.
“It's like reconnecting with a hero,” says Son Volt founder Jay Farrar. “And getting back to the
same kind of perspective I had when I was starting out as a younger musician. I think it's justimportant to step back from what you normally do. Take stock. Take inspiration. And see whereit leads from there.”