(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Singer-songwriter and alt-country pioneer Jay Farrar brings his singular blend of country, folk and rock to Club Helsinki Hudson on Sunday, May 11, 2014, at 8pm. A cofounder of legendary alt-country outfit Uncle Tupelo with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Farrar went on to form the group Son Volt and also to carve out as a career as a solo artist. At Helsinki he will perform in a duo format with multi-instrumentalist Gary Hunt. Peter Bruntnell opens.
With Uncle Tupelo, continuing through Son Volt and in his solo work, Jay Farrar taps into the intersection of country, folk and rock music in a manner recalling groups including the Byrds, the Flying Burrito Brothers, the Grateful Dead and early R.E.M. Farrar’s reedy tenor recalls such classic Americana singers as Neil Young, Jerry Garcia and Jackson Browne, and his songwriting hero and model is Woody Guthrie. (His guitar was constructed from artifacts he gathered from the site of Guthrie’s childhood home).
Farrar’s upbeat songs are alternately fueled and charged by the energy of his youthful punk-rock background, and the melodies of his moody ballads soar like all-American eagles.
For reservations in The Restaurant or in the club call 518.828.4800.