• Record Label: Rounder
  • Release Date: Mar 5, 2013

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
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  1. Mar 5, 2013
    Honky Tonk is country facing forward informed by the past.
  2. Uncut
    Mar 29, 2013
    It's a soul-searchingly strong set. [May 2013, p.78]
  3. Mojo
    Jun 18, 2013
    Its 11 new originals that wouldn't sound out of place on country radio or in a roadhouse in the '50s and '60s. [Jul 2013, p.92]
  4. Mar 5, 2013
    Ever since Jay Farrar's Uncle Tupelo days, you could imagine his big, bourbon-y voice fronting a country band in a Bakersfield roadhouse circa 1963. Honky Tonk comes close to realizing that sound, and it's a gorgeous thing.
  5. Alternative Press
    Mar 5, 2013
    Farrar backs up his good intentions with an album's worth of strong material. [Apr 2013, p.90]
  6. Mar 5, 2013
    This recording feels more like a pleasant diversion rather than a necessity.
  7. Magnet
    Apr 16, 2013
    The band seems aware that it's on well-trod ground throughout Honky Tonk, though that doesn't seem to affect Son Volt one bit. [No. 97, p.59]
  8. Mar 5, 2013
    As the age-old debate of what constitutes country music continues in some quarters, Son Volt leader Jay Farrar quietly, and compellingly, makes a case for the classic sounds on the beguiling Honky Tonk.
  9. Apr 18, 2013
    In the end, Honky Tonk is a slow burn, Farrar musing on life as scenery flashes past the van window, and the redemptive power of music.
  10. Mar 29, 2013
    The result is light as a feather, with laid back songs that would be perfect played live during some lazy afternoon outdoor festival, sprawled on the grass and drinking a cold beer.
  11. Mar 12, 2013
    Honky-Tonk is a Country Music album. No Alt required.

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