In-studio: Jay Farrar


Alt-country/americana music pioneer Jay Farrar graced KRUI with his presence last Wednesday for an interview and a two song set in KRUI’s studio. Jay started his music odyssey in high school with Jeff Tweedy (of Wilco) in a little band know as Uncle Tupelo. Little to Jay and Jeff’s prognosis, Uncle Tupelo would go on to achieve critical acclaim and even positioned Jay and Jeff as the grandaddy’s of an entire music genre. After Uncle Tupelo’s break-up, Jay formed the band Son Volt which would achieve critical acclaim in its own right. Jay stopped by Iowa City to play at the Mill for a packed house; the gig was the first of a two week tour around the Midwest. We had a few laughs, a few cries; talked about lifting weights while wearing spandex (not joking). KRUI landed a big fish (or living music legend) so stop in and smell the tuna! Both of Jay’s acoustic songs can be found on Son Volt’s 2009 album American Central Dust.

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