By Orion Davis
Hot Amber Farris should be Somebody’s Darling. She is a gutsy vocalist & her voice is bold. Yes, Amber sounds bluesy, twangy and darn good. Her band backs her up with a mixture of country-rock, Americana, soul, and blues. It certainly accompanies her effortlessly cool voice.
Of course, Amber is the vocalist and one of the guitarists. The other band members are David Ponder (lead guitarist), Michael Talley (keyboardist), Wade Coffer (bassist) and Nate Wedan (drummer). The band has been writing, doing numerous gigs, and doing loads of demos before they released their debut 2009 album Somebody’s Darling. I appreciate the realness of that album’s cover.
Their band name says a lot without a doubt. They do tons of shows weekly. In the last five years, they have done 500 impressive shows. Way to go, band! I remember them when I was home. The band put the raucous, 2012 album Jank City Shakedown; on the market. That album starts off with the song “Cold Hands”. It’s a wonderful song. The song Wedding Clothes will make you root for that Amber consistently. The song “Keep Shaking” is also great for the ears. She is releasing a lot for sure and I wish her well always. The track “Back to the Bottle” won’t make anyone do that though. Her lyrics are honest and your heart will beat faster after listening to the song. Another track “My Own Medicine” is slightly lighter, but still just as hardcore. Especially, lyrically. She will be okay and I rate her highly. The track “Maybe” is once again about her; coming from the depths of her nice heart. The track “Pretty Faces” hits hard too. The song “Weight of the Fear” definitely makes the band points clear. They come to express themselves musically and uniquely.
They are road warriors and they have sacrificed a lot. She lives in a house with two of her bandmates. I bet that they take turns doing chores. The track “Pretty Leaves” is sonic, but not like the hedgehog. To wrap up the album “The Middle” slowly builds to a tough, rocking song. Amber comes strong once again with the lyrics, then gives the rest of the band the cues; to make the song uptempo. WHOA! It gets that way about 3:44 minutes into the song.
The band Somebody’s Darling will do another magnificent show at Trees this weekend. They will perform on August 23, 2014. They will have their album release party there too.
They will put the LP Adult Roommates on the market on September 16, 2014. Their single Bad Bad is available now and it is amazing, but not like Spider-man. HA!
I sincerely give the band plenty of props, because they have earned them surely. They will continue doing well (please do not confuse this band with the other band Somebody’s Darling). The band divulges in some ways like Wilco. Amber hits hard like Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Wynonna Judd, Tracy Chapman, Sheryl Crow, Gretchen Wilson, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Rosalie Hill, Lucinda Williams and Caitlin Rose.
For more info on Somebody’s Darling go to www.somebodysdarling.com