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NED FARR & THE GOOD RED ROAD

Twenty years after making our first album we decided it was time to make a third. Not as easy as it sounds.  Were we still a band? Thankfully we’d kept playing our instruments. But because we were split between coasts and couldn’t rehearse, the plan was to record old songs that never made it on an album. Surprisingly, that music had changed it's meaning. The present seemed to haunt the innocence of the old tunes, just as the past seemed to haunt every new one we’d write in response. The result is a collection of old and new songs that have been gently visited by the ghost of it all.

GETTING THE BAND BACK TOGETHER

THE GHOST OF IT ALL

THE NEW ALBUM by NED FARR & THE GOOD RED ROAD

Track 1: Band Of Gold

Track 2: Single Beds In New York

Track 3: Virginia

Track 4: Garden

Track 5: Ricochet

Track 6: The Girl In The Field

Track 7: Blinded

Track 8: Crybaby Moon

Track 9: Solar

Track 10: Threnody

Track 11: The County Line

Track 12: Be The Arrow

 

PRODUCED BY EVAN RICHEY AND NED FARR

OTHER ALBUMS BY NED FARR & THE GOOD RED ROAD

DESERT MOTEL(2000)

“Concept albums” were among the many artifacts that arose in the 1960s...In the Empty Vee era of rapid-fire sound bytes that have reduced people’s attention span to no more than a few seconds, concept albums have gone the way of thoughtful political discourse. But this week, we have a recording that carries on the tradition, succeeding in capturing the best elements of the form in both content and execution, without any of its pretense. The new CD’s title Desert Motel sums up the overall “concept” behind this album. One can easily imagine the songs’ scenes taking place in the motel’s various rooms, and indeed the CD provides subtle snippets of sound between the tracks to reinforce the atmosphere. DESERT MOTEL is full of rich, highly creative arrangements, with instrumental colors that range from folky to atmospheric to energetically rocky -- sometimes all within the same song. Subtle orchestrations with violin, steel guitar, accordion, clarinet and other unconventional instruments; the skillful use of dynamics; along with Farr’s winsome folky tenor vocals makes this an album that will quickly draw you into its beguiling musical vignettes, in a way that will have you listening to the album on different levels each time you hear it.

George Graham, WVIA, Homegrown Music Series

 

PRODUCED BY EVAN RICHEY AND NED FARR

A wonderful album that's a devil to classify. The eight songs are about finding the path your life belongs on, and finding shelter when you stray from your path. Native American references abound throughout. Mr. Farr's band is a quintet, with a punch-the-clock rhythm section, a fluid lead guitar, and a violin that sounds like an unwired Jean-Luc Ponty. Mr, Farr's vocal is the fulcrum, with the band rising and falling in volume and tempo as the emotional landscape changes. A great late-at-night record, and (I imagine) a great record to bring on a cross-country drive.

Mark K., Sound Views Magazine

 

PRODUCED BY EVAN RICHEY AND NED FARR

THE GOOD RED ROAD(1995)

PLAYERS

CENOVIA CUMMINS

NED FARR

JIM OLBRYS

JON OSSMAN

JOE CASALINO

Violin

Background vocals

Acoustic Guitar

Lead Vocals

Electric Guitar

Background vocals

Bass

Background vocals

Drums

Percussion

 

THE PAST

THE BITTER END, NYC

1995

 

THE NOW

OVATION SOUND, NC

2015

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