180 Gram Vinyl! Pressed at RTI! Groundbreaking Debut Album! Includes Original Artwork!
Jay Farrar, Jeff Tweedy, and Mike Heidorn formed the the group Uncle Tupelo
after the lead singer of their previous band, The Primitives, left to attend
college. The trio recorded three albums for Rockville Records, before signing
with Sire Records and expanding to a five-piece. Shortly after the release of
the band's major label debut album Anodyne, Farrar announced his decision to
leave the band due to a soured relationship with his co-songwriter Tweedy. Uncle
Tupelo split on May 1, 1994, after completing a farewell tour. Following the
breakup, Farrar formed Son Volt with Heidorn, while the remaining members
continued as Wilco.
Although Uncle Tupelo broke up before it achieved commercial success, the band
is renowned for its impact on the alternative country music scene. The group's
first album, No Depression, became a byword for the genre and was widely
influential. Uncle Tupelo's sound was unlike popular country music of the time,
drawing inspiration from styles as diverse as the hardcore punk of The Minutemen
and the country instrumentation and harmony of the Carter Family and Hank
Williams. Farrar and Tweedy lyrics frequently referred to Middle America and the
working class of Belleville.
• 180g Vinyl
• Litho Wrap
• Pressed at RTI
• Includes Original Artwork
• Groundbreaking Debut Album
Jay Farrar, vocals, guitars, banjo, harmonica, Nashiville guitar, mandolin, fiddle
Jeff Tweedy, bass, vocals, acoustic guitar on "Screen Door"
Mike Heidorn, drums and cymbals
Rich Gilbert, pedal steel guitar on "Factory Belt" and "Whiskey Bottle"
Paul Kolderie, rice can on "Screen Door"
Sean Slade, piano on "Train" and "Life Worth Livin'" and background vocals on "Screen Door"
1. Graveyard Shift
2. That Year
3. Before I Break
4. No Depression
5. Factory Belt
6. Whiskey Bottle
9. Life Worth Livin'
11. So Called Friend
12. Screen Door