Too Lonely Way Too Long from Rick Faris From His New Album Uncommon Sky.
The 2022 International Bluegrass Association’s New Artist of The Year, Rick Faris, releases the second single Too Lonely, Way Too Long from his upcoming album Uncommon Sky.
Too Lonely, Way Too Long is one of those grooving bluegrass songs that only comes around every so often, but is so infectious, it keeps us searching for more. Rick and the band, including Jerry Douglas, Harry Clark, Laura Orshaw, Zak McLamb, and Luke Munday, topped with the vocal legend Del McCoury, absolutely knocked it out of the park. The bounce and drive in this track is not a simple thing to achieve, and these folks make it sound easy. Though Rick was aiming for a target akin to the Tony Rice classic “Blue Railroad Train”, I feel that this is 100% his own song with the definitive Rick Faris flair – Stephen Mougin, producer.
Fans can download or preview the new single here.
Too Lonely, Way Too Long is nothing short of a dream come true for me. Del McCoury is my favorite singer of all time. Getting to have him on my record is just sublime. This slow groovy track was set down by the legendary dobro player Jerry Douglas, major bucket list moment ticked off the list having him on my record, plussed by my amazingly talented friends Harry Clark on mandolin, Laura Orshaw on Fiddle, Zak McLamb on bass and Luke Munday on banjo. I wrote this song to be the swanky bluegrass groove I’ve been dreaming of my whole music career and it was an honor to pick and sing with every one of these fine performers – Rick Faris.
About Rick Faris:
Rick Faris has been playing Bluegrass music since he could talk. He got his first break when the Bluegrass stalwart, Greg Cahill, called and asked him to audition for Special Consensus. The job was to be transformative for Faris because Greg hired him to play mandolin rather than the guitar he had been honing since he was a child. With 5 weeks to learn the mandolin and win the audition, Rick Faris stepped into the next stage of his career. After 6 years, 1 Grammy-Nomination and 2 IBMA Awards he switched back home to guitar and the band picked up another 3 IBMA Awards and a 2nd Grammy Nomination. Rick spent a total of 11 years with the globetrotting Special Consensus. Under Greg Cahill, he learned the meaning of professionalism and giving back to the Bluegrass community.
Rick signed a deal as a solo artist with Dark Shadow Recording in 2018 and released his debut album Breaking In Lonesome in 2019. With watertight harmony singers and mind-blowing pickers, Rick set out to show the world what his brand of Bluegrass sounds like. His second album, The Next Mountain (2021) garnered industry-wide attention with intense chart action and both SPBGMA and IBMA “Song of the Year” nominations as well as a “New Artist of the Year” win at IBMA 2022.
For more information about Rick Faris, please visit the Rick Faris website.