Official Website: www.mattfarr.com
Sitting at the keys and singing with a soulful passion influenced by the great piano legends of our time Matt Farr brings high energy and a feel good vibe to the stage. Growing up on the shores of South Florida, influenced by cases full of tapes and shelves full of old LP's ranging from jazz greats, to 60's rock icons, to reggae masters, and modern day hipsters, Farr's music is a blend of soulful lyrics, classic grooves, and vintage tones.
"Kevin Kozel, senior writer for MusicReviews.Com says, "I think that Matt Farr would put on a really nice outdoor show any time of year. A nice cold one in the heat would go nicely with this sound."
Matt Farr's latest solo album was released in April of 2010. The album was recorded in St. Augustine, FL by legendary producer Jim DeVito. Matt Farr's dedication and future potential has attracted world class musicians on both his album and on stage including Craig Barnette, known for his work with Mofro and Donavon Frankenreiter. Pete Winders and Eric Brigmond, also known for their work with Frankenreiter. Rounding out the lineup is Farr's long time friend and collaborator Craig Stevens on bass. Farr has never been moved or interested in mainstream trends and wanted to capture the raw, timeless sound of the 60's and 70's. The ten uplifting tracks on the solo release speak about living each day doing what you love, and learning from all those times that may have past us bye like the album's four on the floor, upbeat track "Living Like Ourselves" or the acoustic ballad "Crossroad". "Mostly I just want to bring across a musical journey that reaches out to the listener, and once it ends, they want to start again at track one" Farr explains.
Pushing on into the ever changing and challenging music climate Matt Farr launched his own entertainment company and record label Red Key Music (2008). Since then, his success ranges from projects being featured in the 2009 Grammy Award gift bag to playing South Florida's largest music festival SunFest 2010, and opening for acts such as Five For Fighting, The Family Stone, Ryan Montbleau Band and others.
Matt Farr - Lead Vocal\Piano
Craig Stevens - Bass\Vocals
Pete Winders - Guitar\Vocals
Craig Barnette - Drums
Eric Brigmond - Organ\Tumpet\Guitar
Matt Farr self-titled debut solo album. © 2010 Red Key Music. Available at over 50 digital retailers worldwide.
SLTM (the Podcast) Episode 78
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Podcast review, Brad talks to local Musician Gilbert Wynn about the new Matt Farr CD. Broadcast on ...Podcast review, Brad talks to local Musician Gilbert Wynn about the new Matt Farr CD. Broadcast on Fat Robot Radio. Interview starts at 15:15.
Matt Farr Album Review - MuzicReviews.Com
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Matt Farr isn’t like every other musician we hear about every day. He isn’t about being a “rockstar”...Matt Farr isn’t like every other musician we hear about every day. He isn’t about being a “rockstar” or altering his recordings on computers, this native of South Florida is all about bringing the spirit of 60s/70s rock and making music with that vintage sound.
On his self-titled debut release, Farr offers up ten tracks about living each day, doing what you love, and learning from the moments that pass us by. He provides the vocals and plays the keys on the album, and is joined by Craig Barnette (drums/percussion), Pete Winders (guitars), Eric Brigmand (organ/trumpet), Craig Stevens (bass), and Juliet Rentz (backing vocals). Together they have a jazzy, funky, jammy sound.
Matt Farr’s album is good. All of the song songs are pretty good as is the playing, but the one problem is that after a while they start to sound a bit too similar. My first few listens kept bringing me back to O.A.R. for some reason. I think it is Farr’s vocals that led me in this direction, but musically it’s more jazzy. In this vein, the way the keys sound is more similar to Herbie Hancock, one of his influences.
As good as the band sounds on playing together on this album, I prefer the more barebones sound of how “Crossroads” ends closes the release. I don’t think Farr should focus his efforts here though, I think it just provides some more variation from what we’ve heard over the rest of the album. Mixing in more tracks like this would balance the album more. Outside of this, I think that Matt Farr would put on a really nice outdoor show this time of year. A nice cold one in the heat would go nicely with this sound.
Hot Tracks: Stay, Life Changes, Crossroad
Kevin Kozel- Sr. MuzikReviews.com Staff
Matt Farr’s music now ‘100 percent my effort’
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With parents who are musicians, Matt Farr, a Florida native, was immersed in music from a young age....With parents who are musicians, Matt Farr, a Florida native, was immersed in music from a young age. And, though music has been his lifelong passion, the piano was something that he “kind of fell into.”
His style has been compared to the piano rock of Billy Joel, but, unlike Joel, Farr has never toured as a solo act. Now, after years of being part of different bands, Farr wants to “do something different, something that was 100 percent my effort.”
Local audiences will have the chance to hear music from Farr’s debut solo album on Friday at the City Place Concert Series.
He said that this album diverges significantly from those of bands he has been a part of in the past, which he described as mellow. This album “is more up-tempo.” He also said that his music is more “rootsy, soulful and bluesy,” especially when compared with music played on the radio. Farr said this album “showcases musicians rather than production.”
Farr said that he hopes these differences will generate more attention than he has yet received.
Although he was laughing, Farr said working as West Palm Beach-based musician has been a challenge because there are not a lot of venues for showcasing artists.
“You play a lot of covers,” Farr said, because “that’s the nature of the scene down here.”
He has performed in cities around Florida, such as Gainesville and Miami, but hopes his latest work, which he recorded with musicians out of Jacksonville who play with Donovan Frankenreiter, will appeal to wider audiences, especially those in coastal towns, and garner interest throughout the region. Farr said this solo effort grew from that need to balance dedication to his art and earning a living.
“Music is who I am and what I do,” Farr said. “But there’s that battle between putting music on the back burner to work a 9-to-5 for money and being happy.”
He said the theme of this album is “living life like you want to live” and that he hopes audiences will respond to that.
Matt Farr can perform 1 or 2 fully original sets of music totalling 2 hours.
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