Alt-country darling Son Volt — one of two bands to rise from the ashes of Uncle Tupelo in the early ’90s (the other, of course, being Wilco) — will return to Volcanic Theatre Pub on Wednesday in support of “Union.” The group’s ninth studio album follows two genre exercises (2013’s “Honky Tonk,” an exploration of the Bakersfield sound; and 2017’s blues-drenched “Notes of Blue”) and could be considered a return to folk-rocking form for leader and main songwriter Jay Farrar. It’s also one of the most insistent statements Farrar has released since the Tupelo days, tackling today’s political and social divides on songs such as “Reality Winner” (named for the former U.S. intelligence analyst who was sentenced to more than five years in prison after leaking National Security Agency documents detailing Russian attempts to hack voting systems) and “While Rome Burns.” British singer-songwriter Peter Bruntnell will open the show.

Son Volt, with Peter Bruntnell: 8 p.m. Wednesday; $30 in advance; Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Drive, Bend; or 541-323-1881.