Son Volt Announces ‘Trace’ 20th Anniversary And Tour

This fall, Jay Farrar will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Son Volt’s acclaimed debut album, Trace, with tour dates featuring original pedal steel player, Eric Heywood, along with multi-instrumentalist, Gary Hunt. The tour is billed as “Jay Farrar Performs Songs Of Trace” and tickets for the tour will go on-sale Friday, August 14. For more information please go to

The dates will begin with a special AmericanaFest performance at 3rd & Lindsley on September 20. Farrar will also bring the tour to New York City on October 30, and on the same day, Rhino will release a two-disc version of Trace that features newly remastered sound and more than two dozen unreleased bonus tracks. TRACE: 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION will be available for a suggested retail price of $24.98. The original album will also be re-issued on 180-gram vinyl for $24.98.


TRACE: 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION includes audio that has been digitally remastered from the original analog masters. Farrar was heavily involved in the remastering process and contributes highlighted track commentary to the liner notes, which also feature a contribution from No Depression magazine founder Peter Blackstock.

In addition to every song from the 1995 original album, the first disc also features previously unreleased demos for eight album tracks, including “Drown,” “Live Free,” “Windfall,” and an acoustic version of the rocker “Route.”

The second disc contains an unreleased live performance recorded at The Bottom Line in New York’s Greenwich Village on February 12, 1996. At the show, the band played nearly every song from Trace , covered Del Reeves’ “Looking At The World Through A Windshield,” and performed “Cemetery Savior,” a tune that wouldn’t surface until the following year on Son Volt’s sophomore release, Straightaways.

The show also features songs originally recorded by Uncle Tupelo, the vastly influential alt-country band that Farrar started with Jeff Tweedy in the Eighties. Among the standouts are: “Slate,” “True to Life” and the title track from the band’s final album Anodyne (1993).

Track Listing

Disc One
1.    “Windfall”
2.    “Live Free”
3.    “Tear Stained Eye”
4.    “Route”
5.    “Ten Second News”
6.    “Drown”
7.    “Loose String”
8.    “Out Of The Picture”
9.    “Catching On”
10.    “Too Early”
11.    “Mystifies Me”
12.    “Route” -Acoustic Demo*
13.    “Drown” – Demo*
14.    “Out Of The Picture” – Demo*
15.    “Loose String” – Demo*
16.    “Live Free”  – Demo*
17.    “Too Early” – Demo*
18.    “Catching On” – Demo*
19.    “Windfall” – Demo*

Disc Two: Live from Bottom Line 2/12/96
1.    “Route”*
2.    “Loose String”*
3.    “Catching On”*
4.    “Live Free”*
5.    “Anodyne”*
6.    “Windfall”*
7.    “Slate”*
8.    “Out of the Picture”*
9.    “Tear Stained Eye”*
10.  “True to Life”*
11.  “Cemetery Savior”*
12.  “Ten Second News”*
13.  “Fifteen Keys”*
14.  “Drown”*
15.  “Looking For a Way Out”*
16.  “Chickamauga”*
17.  “Too Early”*
18.  “Looking at the World Through a Windshield” – Del Reeves cover*
*previously unreleased


20    3rd & Lindsley (AmericanaFest) Nashville, TN
28    The Birchmere
29    Ardmore Music Hall
30    City Winery
Alexandria, VA
Ardmore, PA
New York, NY
2    The Troubadour
3    Slim’s
5    Aladdin Theatre
6    Tractor Tavern
Los Angeles, CA
San Francisco, CA
Portland, OR
Seattle, WA

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