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- Posted on Feb 22nd 2013 12:00PM by Cameron Matthews
"I wanted to acknowledge and pay homage to the country music that came out of Bakersfield -- Wynn Stewart, Buck Owens and Merle Haggard," singer Jay Farrar tells Spinner. "They all reinvigorated country music in their own respective ways. Wynn Stewart and Buck Owens both brought a rock and roll intensity and sensibility while Merle Haggard wrote and brought incisive lyrics to country music."
That aesthetic certainly is heard on the band's new track -- filled with fat pedal steel guitar, chunky lead lines and images of the American Midwest. The St. Louis-based frontman sources the latest Son Volt material from that classic AM sound, and continued reports from a city full of decay and earnest people.
Check out "Bakersfield" below, and don't forget to pickup Honky Tonk at your local record store, via Rounder records.