Hear Son Volt’s previously unreleased demo for “Drown”

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Son Volt‘s debut album, Trace, is due to receive the 20th anniversary treatment with a special edition.

To mark this event, we’re delighted to be able to premier two previously unreleased tracks from the set – the original demo for “Drown” and a version of the song recorded live. Scroll down to hear them.

Due in shops on October 30, 2015, this 2-disc edition Trace 20th Anniversary Edition includes a remastered version of the original album alongside more than two dozen unreleased bonus tracks.


The first disc features previously unreleased demos for eight album tracks, including “Drown”, “Live Free“, “Windfall” and an acoustic version of “Route“.

The second disc contains an unreleased live performance recorded at The Bottom Line in New York’s Greenwich Village on February 12, 1996. At the show, the band played nearly every song from Trace, covered Del Reeves’ “Looking At The World Through A Windshield” and performed “Cemetery Savior”, which wouldn’t surface until the following year on Son Volt’s sophomore release, Straightaways.

The show also features songs originally recorded by Uncle Tupelo including “Slate”, “True To Life” and the title track from the band’s final album Anodyne (1993).


“Drown (demo)”

“Drown”, Live at the Bottom Line on February 12, 96

You can pre-order a copy of Trace by clicking here.

The tracklisting for Trace: 20th Anniversary Edition is:

Disc One
1. “Windfall”
2. “Live Free”
3. “Tear Stained Eye”
4. “Route”
5. “Ten Second News”
6. “Drown”
7. “Loose String”
8. “Out Of The Picture”
9. “Catching On”
10. “Too Early”
11. “Mystifies Me”
12. “Route” -Acoustic Demo*
13. “Drown” – Demo*
14. “Out Of The Picture” – Demo*
15. “Loose String” – Demo*
16. “Live Free” – Demo*
17. “Too Early” – Demo*
18. “Catching On” – Demo*
19. “Windfall” – Demo*

Disc Two: Live from Bottom Line 2/12/96

1. “Route”*
2. “Loose String”*
3. “Catching On”*
4. “Live Free”*
5. “Anodyne”*
6. “Windfall”*
7. “Slate”*
8. “Out of the Picture”*
9. “Tear Stained Eye”*
10. “True to Life”*
11. “Cemetery Savior”*
12. “Ten Second News”*
13. “Fifteen Keys”*
14. “Drown”*
15. “Looking For a Way Out”*
16. “Chickamauga”*
17. “Too Early”*
18. “Looking at the World Through a Windshield” – Del Reeves cover*

*previously unreleased

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