The yin to Wilco's yang following the breakup of alt-country pioneers Uncle Tupelo, Son Volt first appeared in 1995. Jay Farrar formed the band with former Tupelo drummer Mike Heidron, and his creative vision was immediately recognizable for its more traditional bent-- or at least traditional in comparison to that of former bandmate Jeff Tweedy's Wilco.
Following 1998's Wide Swing Tremolo, Son Volt went silent, taking a seven year hiatus (intentionally or not) while Farrar released three solo albums before making a rather triumphant return with 2005's Okemah & the Melody of Riot. Now four records into version 2.0 of the band, Farrar brings Son Volt back to Portland and the Aladdin Theater Thursday night in support of this year's excellent Honky Tonk, an homage of sorts to the classic Bakersfield country sound of Buck Owens and Merle Haggard.
We're giving away pairs of tickets to tonight's show-- all you have to do is enter your information below, click "SUBMIT" and do it by 4pm this afternoon! Winners will be notified via email before 5pm. Good luck!