Son Volt is a popular music group formed by Jay Farrar in 1994 after the breakup of the band Uncle Tupelo. The group formed after Farrar had met Jim and Dave Boquist during the final Uncle Tupelo tour. Together with former Uncle Tupelo drummer Mike Heidorn, the band rehearsed and recorded in the Minneapolis area in late 1994. The group performed its first official concert at the 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis on June 16, 1995. While half of the band was rooted in the Minneapolis area, Farrar and Heidorn were living in the St. Louis area, and the band used both cities as bases for its operations during the first couple of years. Son Volt is often considered the closest continuance of Uncle Tupelo's alt-country/Americana sound and musical legacy.
Son Volt's first album, Trace, met with critical acclaim and topped many "best-of" lists in 1995, despite not being a large commercial success. Two follow-up albums (1997's Straightaways and 1998's Wide Swing Tremolo) continued in the same vein. A Retrospective: 1995-2000, released in 2005, gathered highlights from this era, along with previously unreleased recordings.