Jay Farrar and his band Son Volt are back with a vengeance. There were many of us who loved the band's last album, 2009's American Central Dust, which was a definite return to form after a few not so great albums. Four years on new album Honky Tonk appears to be even better, a fantastic record with extraordinary songwriting and musicianship. Farrar channels the ghosts of Gram Parsons and Hank Williams, and with his absolutely outstanding voice raises the bar for what country music can be in 2013. Here's the first single and opening track "Hearts And Minds". It's followed by another ten songs, just as good, so go ahead and buy the album.