Today marks the official release of Rick Faris: Breaking In Lonesome, his debut album from the Dark Shadow Recording label. While his name may be unfamiliar to some, Rick grew up in a touring bluegrass family band (The Faris Family) and has spent the last decade picking and singing with Special Consensus.
After signing to Dark Shadow Recording in the fall of 2018, he entered the studio in the spring of 2019 with a pile of songs and a group of close friends. In a week of recording, Laura Orshaw (fiddle), Harry Clark (mandolin), Justin Moses (banjo/tenor vocal), and Eddie Faris (upright/baritone vocal) joined Rick and producer/engineer Stephen Mougin to arrange the material and push each others musicianship. Special Consensus -- Greg Cahill (banjo), Nick Dumas (mandolin, tenor vocal), and Dan Eubanks (upright, baritone vocal) -- dropped in to add a couple of fantastic tracks, and the album was complete.
Faris commented: “It was inspiring to see my friends stretching out with their feelings, and playing new things they’ve never played before”
Producer and label-owner Stephen Mougin says: “This album not only highlights Rick’s captivating vocals and blistering guitar work, but showcases his depth in artistry through eleven (of twelve) original songs. In a very short time frame, he rose to the challenge and curated a collection of thoughtful, fun, and moving material.”
With a number one single on Bluegrass Today– Weekly Chart, number one song on Roots Music Report– Weekly Top 50 Bluegrass Songs, and a number one album Roots Music Report – Contemporary Bluegrass Album Chart, this project has already gotten a lot of airplay. DJ and founder of World Wide Bluegrass– Gracie Muldoonoffered: "Fresh and delightful… I'm totally impressed with his new album - he's got the vocal chops and the great instrumentation that he displays on each tune, like a baker offering his delicious wares to taste. Lots of variety is keeping it interesting. His time spent with the group Special Consensus has added to his polishing as a top-notch performer. I really like his over all approach to arrangements just as well as his crafty selections of songs - a little happy, a little inspirational and a whole LOT of great stuff right here. Emotional prodding from the artist to keep you on your toes, guessing and feeling the messages, meant for the listener and his pure enjoyment. I give this a big fat “A” because it is an excellent offering for a debut project. Congratulations to Rick Faris! "
“Breaking In Lonesome,” the chart-topping title track, premiers its official music video at Bluegrass Today in conjunction with the album release. Created by filmmaker Dalton Coffee for Bomber Productions, it is a film narrative complete with comedic twist.
The album can be purchased from Dark Shadow Recording, on your favorite music platform HERE, or directly from Rick Faris at a Special Consensus performance near you.
For DJ and media inquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Download the entire project for broadcast at: https://airplaydirect.com/music/rickfaris/
About the label:
Dark Shadow Recording is a record label and full-service studio run by a musician for musicians in the Bluegrass, Americana and Folk genres. The small-but-mighty roster has been awarded multiple IBMA awards and is a testament to DSR’s focus on quality over quantity in music and business. More at www.darkshadowrecording.com.