Jay Farrar / Benjamin Gibbard
26 December 1966, Belleville, Illinois, USA. A leading figure in the roots rock and alt country movement of the 90s, Farrar was a founding member of two of the scenes main bands, Uncle Tupelo and Son Volt. He co-found Uncle Tupelo during the late 80s, along with long-time friend Jeff Tweedy. Although the band never scored a substantial hit and only issued a handful of recordings, a large cult following formed around them as countless new bands used Uncle Tupelos rootsy approach as a blueprint for their own sound. Following their split in 1994, Farrar teamed up with former Uncle Tupelo drummer Mike Heidorn to form Son Volt. Although Farrars new group enjoyed more commercial success than its predecessor (1997s Straightaways narrowly missed reaching the Top 40 on the US album charts), the band was not as critically acclaimed as Uncle Tupelo, and after three album releases, Son Volt was put on hiatus at the end of the 90s.