Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Jay Farrar Interviews

Jay Farrar
There's a nice interview on Rusted Robot with former Uncle Tupelo/Son Volt frontman Jay Farrar.

Q: Your last couple of albums have largely been acoustic-based. Tell me about plans for the next album - when it might be out, will it be more electric or along the same lines?

Farrar:
I seem to naturally gravitate to the acoustic guitar when I write. I think to a certain degree it allows for more flexibility in that the song can wind up electric or acoustic. I've been away from the electric guitar for awhile so I expect to get back to it at some point.


Also, Jay talks to Rocky Mountain News about music and politics today as reflected in his song "It Doesn't Have To Be This Way" on the Iraq war from his latest Stone, Steel and Bright Lights.

"Politics is really the last thing I'd like to be writing about. There are much better things to be writing about, things that are a little less ephemeral. It's difficult to keep it in a context that's going to be relevant 20 or 30 years from now," Jay Farrar says.

"I just try to find my own way, and whenever I feel it, I write about it. For me, it was just kind of hitting on topical issues. I kinda grew up around that kind of sensibility - (listening to older recordings of) Woody Guthrie, early Bob Dylan - where if you were feeling it or consumed by it, you wrote about it. In some ways, I kinda wish there were more of that going on at the moment."


Thanks to Frank on Chromewaves.


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