Trace (album)

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Son Volt-Trace (album cover).jpg
Studio album by Son Volt
Released September 19, 1995
Recorded November–December 1994 at Salmagundi, Northfield, MN
Genre Alternative country
Length 42:07
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Brian Paulson, Son Volt
Son Volt chronology
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]
Alternative Press (favorable)[2]
Entertainment Weekly A[3]
NME (8/10)[2]
Robert Christgau C+[4]

Trace is the first album by Son Volt, released in 1995. The band was formed the previous year by Jay Farrar after the breakup of the influential alt-country band Uncle Tupelo. The album reached #166 on the Billboard 200 album chart and received extremely favorable reviews. According to Allmusic, "Throughout Son Volt's debut, Trace, the group reworks classic honky tonk and rock & roll, adding a desperate, determined edge to their performances. Even when they rock out, there is a palpable sense of melancholy to Farrar's voice, which lends a poignancy to the music." The album was in the top 10 of Rolling Stone's 1995 critics' list.

"Drown" was a minor college and rock radio hit. It charted at #10 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and #25 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.[5] It remains their only single to chart on either of the charts.

Track listing[edit]

All of the songs were written by Farrar except "Mystifies Me", written by Ronnie Wood.

  1. "Windfall" – 2:58
  2. "Live Free" – 3:13
  3. "Tear Stained Eye" – 4:21
  4. "Route" – 3:57
  5. "Ten Second News" – 3:57
  6. "Drown" – 3:20
  7. "Loose String" – 3:48
  8. "Out of the Picture" – 3:50
  9. "Catching On" – 4:02
  10. "Too Early" – 4:29
  11. "Mystifies Me" – 4:12


  • Dave Boquist: Guitar, banjo, fiddle, lap steel guitar, Dobro
  • Jim Boquist: Bass, backing vocals
  • Jay Farrar: Vocals, guitar
  • Mike Heidorn: Drums
  • Eric Heywood: Pedal steel guitar
  • Craig Krampf: Drums on "Live Free"
  • Dan Newton: Accordion on "Too Early"
  • Marc Perlman: Bass on "Mystifies Me"