Led by singer and guitarist Jay Farrar (26 December 1966, Belleville, Illinois, USA), this contemporary US band has been widely applauded for their irreverent but clearly fond approach to the country tradition. Additionally comprising bass player Jim Boquist, brother and multi-instrumentalist Dave Boquist and drummer Mike Heidorn, the band made its debut in 1995 with Trace, which took as its central influences the Byrds, Louvin Brothers and Creedence Clearwater Revival. Farrar and Heidorn were both previously members of Uncle Tupelo, rated by many as a seminal influence on the emergence of the alternative country movement of the 90s (when they split, Farrars former bandmate Jeff Tweedy went on to form the acclaimed Wilco). Uncle Tupelo were frequently compared to the longer-established Jayhawks, with much of the critical attention surrounding Farrars lyrics, which drew heavily on his experiences growing up in Illinois, working on a farm and in his...
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