2022 International Bluegrass Association ‘New Artist of the Year’ Rick Farisreleased their third album on Dark Shadow Recordings. uncommon sky.
Faris says: “I’ve always owned some of the songs I wrote, but these special stories came to me over the last few years and I felt compelled to tell them.” and personal experiences of pain and pleasure.” There is a lot of truth in this project. Thanks to my co-authors Rick Lang and Evan Dickerson for joining me on this journey.
This album is a celebration of the Uncommon Skies in our lives. Each sunrise brings unique challenges and opportunities for which I am grateful.
It’s especially thrilling to see Del McCauley and Jerry Douglas on my album, and it’s amazing to see their shared talents. I feel like I’m continuing to refine my sound and songwriting voice, and Uncommon Sky is proof of that. ”
Producer Steven Mougins said: “Uncommon Sky, which clearly shows his growth as an artist, songwriter and performer, is the third project we have worked on together. With guest support, he continues to push his musical horizons, and we’re proud to see Rick earning his special place in the world of bluegrass.”
Faris wrote or co-wrote every song on the album, with the exception of a cover of Huey Lewis’ mega-hit “The Power of Love,” which was released as a single in February of this year.
The album features Rick (lead vocals, harmony vocals, guitar) as well as Laura Osho (fiddle), Harry Clarke and Ronnie McCauley (mandolin), Zach McCram (bass), Jerry Douglas (resonator guitar), Russ Carson and Luke. Monday (Banjo) is participating. ) and vocalists Del McCauley, Ronnie McCauley, Dani Flowers, Stephen Mougins, Eddie Faris and Ben James. Like all his DSR releases, Uncommon Sky was produced, engineered and mixed by his Mougin.
01 don’t hold back
02 Those who escaped
03 The power of love
04 Don’t Say Goodbye
05 Too Lonely Way Too Long
06 Love Sweet Love
07 Hellfire Club
08 Misery Go Round
09 Kansas Cornfield
10. You can’t slow down the river
11 Topeka Twister
12 I’m Not Waiting Round
About Rick Faris:
Faris has been playing bluegrass music since he learned to speak. His first break came when bluegrass mogul Greg Cahill called and asked him to audition for Special Consensus. The job was transformative for Faris, as Greg hired him to play the mandolin rather than the guitar he had honed since childhood. With five weeks left to learn the mandolin and win an audition, Rick Farris embarked on the next stage of his career. After one Grammy nomination and two IBMA nominations in six years, he returned to guitar and the band earned three more IBMA Awards and a second Grammy nomination. Rick spent a total of 11 years on his globe-trotting Special Consensus. Under Greg Cahill, he learned the meaning of professionalism and contribution to the bluegrass community.
Rick signed as a solo artist with Dark Shadow Recordings in 2018 and released his debut album Breaking in Lonesome in 2019. With impeccable harmony singers and phenomenal pickers, Rick set out to show the world what his brand of bluegrass sounded like. His second album, The Next Mountain (2021), received industry-wide attention for its intense chart action, and was nominated for “Song of the Year” at both SPBGMA and IBMA, and at IBMA 2022. Awarded “New Artist of the Year”.
For more information on Rick Faris, please visit www.rickfaris.com.