Given his gutbucket-of-blues voice, it's a surprise to find the ex-Uncle Tupelo/Son Volt man's first live album arriving 15 years into his career. Backed by Washington DC's Canyon, this is Farrar's 2003 US tour: the sound crisp, tight and fluid. Alongside thrusting newies "Doesn't Have To Be This Way" and "6 String Belief" are covers of Floyd's "Lucifer Sam" (an early Tupelo staple) and Neil Young's "Like A Hurricane". His solo material is typified by the thudding "Damn Shame".

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Jay Farrar – Stone, Steel & Bright Lights

Given his gutbucket-of-blues voice, it’s a surprise to find the ex-Uncle Tupelo/Son Volt man’s first live album arriving 15 years into his career. Backed by Washington DC’s Canyon, this is Farrar’s 2003 US tour: the sound crisp, tight and fluid. Alongside thrusting newies “Doesn’t Have To Be This Way” and “6 String Belief” are covers of Floyd’s “Lucifer Sam” (an early Tupelo staple) and Neil Young’s “Like A Hurricane”. His solo material is typified by the thudding “Damn Shame”. Comes with bonus DVD featuring 11 cuts from the shows.

See Uncle Tupelo feature, p70