For many, the break-up of Uncle Tupelo -- coming on the heels of their critically acclaimed first major label release, 1994’s Anodyne -- came as a surprise, if not an outright shock. But when drummer/intermediary/fulcrum Mike Heidorn left after the recording of March 16-20 in 1992, so did the delicate balance between songwriters Jay Farrar and Jeff Tweedy, and the rift between them eventually grew to McCartney and Lennon proportions. Uncle Tupelo fans mourned the band’s break-up, but took solace with the idea of two twang-rock entities — Tweedy’s Wilco and Farrar’s Son Volt.
While Wilco would eventually generate nearly all of the critical kudos, it certainly didn’t start out that way. Shortly after... Read More