‘A Blue Little Corner’ is Back on the Shelves

March 23, 2016 in Events, Happenings

Good news!
Danny Faragher’s  first solo release, A Blue Little Corner,  which had sold out of hard copies, has been restocked and is now back on the shelves. The album, originally released in 2001, is a collection of originals, old chestnuts, and  a few jumpin’ rockers. A Blue Little Corner spotlights the artist’s expressive vocals and inventive harmonica playing, weaving stylistically through blues, ballads, and rhythm songs. The instrumental backing is spare but superb, and features Bill Knopf on guitar and banjo, Tim Horrigan on keyboards , electric and acoustic guitar, bass, and drums, and Simean Pillich on acoustic bass.
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CDs and downloads can be purchased through CD Baby. Tracks downloaded through iTunes, Amazon,  Google (where you can also listen to samples),  and all other major retail sites. The album is also available on streaming sites like Spotify and Rhapsody.

 

Danny Faragher on the making of A Blue Little Corner.

I had written  the song ‘A Blue Little Corner’ some years ago. This jazzy blues was originally conceived as a vehicle for a female singer, but having changed a few words here and there,  I decided to take crack at recording it myself.  I was pleased with the result. Musically it conjures up a cool, noire-esque,  1950s atmosphere where a Don Draper would fit right in. The voice and chromatic harmonica trade off, painting a picture of a disillusioned soul getting lost in some smoky dive.

With ‘A Blue Little Corner’ as the cornerstone, I set out to put an album of material together. I recorded another original, ‘Danny Boy’s Jumpin”, an up tempo harmonica number that’s an antidote to those blue feelings expressed in the title cut. Bursting out of the gate with energy and exuberance, it’s guaranteed to get you up and moving. In addition, I had three tracks that I’d laid down a few years earlier. The first, ‘Get Rhythm’, is the Johnny Cash song, with a hopped up vocal and slashing amplified blues harp. The second, ‘Blues in the Night’, by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer,  features a full throat-ed bluesy vocal, and amped chromatic harmonica over a shuffling track. The third was a rendition of the iconic Elvis cut, ‘That’s Alright, Mama’ written by Arthur ‘Big Boy’ Craddup, which I extended by adding a country blues harp solo on the end.

Five tracks were now in the in the can. In the late nineties, I’d begun looking back on the twentieth century’s musical legacy, listening to older styles, including ragtime, early jazz, swing, and bebop, and to the tunes that have come to be labeled ‘The Great American Songbook’.  As a musician, I was bowled over by the emotional directness and intensity of artists like Louis Armstrong, Sydney Bechet, and Benny Goodman, and  found myself incorporating the feel into my harmonica playing. As a singer, the time spent listening to traditional pop vocalists like Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, and Rosemary Clooney had taught me a lot about how to deliver  a song.

I picked four classic tunes that I loved dearly. I decided to have a very bare bones approach. Chromatic harmonica intros and solos (usually cupped with a mic and amplified) alternating with smooth vocals – both being backed by acoustic guitar or banjo, acoustic bass, a smattering of drums. and a bit of vibes. ‘Stompin’ at the Savoy’, the swing anthem written by Edgar Sampson, I recorded as an instrumental. ‘On the Sunny Side of the Street’, by Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields, always one of my favorite songs, spotlights a straight-ahead vocal  filled with heartfelt longing, and an Armstrong/Bix Beiderbecke inspired solo on the harp. My plunger trombone adds a taste of the Ellington Band to the mix. ‘Memories of You’, the Eubie Blake, and Andy Razaf ballad takes a different tack, featuring the harmonica at the beginning and end of the song, and the voice sandwiched in the middle. The fourth number is ‘Lady Be Good’, the George and Ira Gershwin classic. Pure fun from beginning to end, it highlights the amazing five string banjo work of Bill Knopf , including a bluegrass flavored solo that passes the baton to a jumpin’ jivin’ harp solo. I chose to toss off the vocal nonchalantly with a dose of boyish charm and it seemed to work.

In 2000, I was able to give a copy of the album to my mother in the final weeks before she passed. I was told that she would request to hear ‘Sunny Side of the Street’ over and over again, and join in singing, saying it made her feel happy.  For me, the knowledge that the music brought my mom joy in her last days is the greatest compensation I could ever receive.

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Photography and artwork by Bryan Faragher

Love and Harmony,

Danny

 

 

 

 

Faragher Brothers Perform ‘Stay the Night’ and ‘Open Your Eyes’

February 11, 2016 in Events, Happenings

In the Spring of 1979 the Faragher Brothers – Danny, Jimmy,
Tommy, and Davey. along with younger Albums-31 copysiblings, Pammy, and Marty filmed a video for the release of their first Polydor album – Open Your Eyes. It was the band’s third LP.  Spirits were high. Not only had they gotten a second record contract,they’d reunited with producer Vini Poncia, as well.  The vibe in the studio had been positive and full of creativity and fun.

Watch as they perform Stay the Night and Open Your Eyes. Apologies for the poor quality of the tape. We’re just glad it came to light.

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The Faragher Brothers

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Author John Mack Faragher discusses new book, ‘Eternity Street’, on Larry Mantle’s ‘Air Talk’

February 10, 2016 in Events, Happenings

Our brother, author and Yale professor of history, John  Mack Faragher (Johnny to us),  has just released
his latest book – Eternity Street – Violence and Eternity StreetJustice in Frontier Los Angeles.
The book is creating a lot of excitement, catching the attention of respected radio host, Larry Mantle, who invited John to be interviewed on KPCC’s ‘Air  Talk. It was a great interview.

The book is fascinating, a great read. Forget Tombstone and Dodge City, the real wild west started right here.

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‘Dancing with the Moment’ gets Glowing Review in SomethingElse Magazine

January 20, 2016 in Events, Happenings

Rock critic, Beverly Paterson has written a rave review of ‘Dancing with the Moment’Danny New Year Shot 206
for SomethingElse Magazine. She writes:

Buckled tight with enterprising ideas and arrangements, Dancing With The Moment
witnesses to be a pitch-perfect potpourri of rhythm, tone and sound. Danny Faragher,

assisted by an assortment of family and friends, has created an album that bravely blends
poetic beauty with spontaneous rawness and experimental thrills. Enchanting and
electrifying,  ‘Dancing With The Moment’ is one of the greatest albums of the year,
or any year for that matter.

Beverly Paterson is a well respected  critic, and a marvelous wordsmith. We feel
thrilled and honored that she chose to review our work.

 

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Back Tray Card for Dancing with the Moment – Danny Faragher

‘Dancing with the Moment’ gets Rave Review in Blitz Magazine

January 20, 2016 in Events, Happenings

‘Dancing with the Moment’ has received a glowing review from Michael McDowell Danny New Year Shot 239
in  Blitz – ‘the rock and roll magazine for thinking people’. He writes:

In Dancing With The Moment, Faragher has proven himself to be a
detail oriented disciple of his inspirations, and in turn has celebrated
genre diversity in a manner that relatively fe

others have done credibly.
Apparently (in the words of one of this album’s standout tracks),
‘A Dry Spell Ends’ and the return to form of a remarkably gifted pioneer has begun.

Blitz Magazine, which has been been in publication since 1975, has a deep catalog of
intelligently written rock reviews.  We are thrilled to have been included.
Thank-you, Michael, for helping to get the word out.

 

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Front Album Cover of Dancing with the Moment – Danny Faragher

 

‘Too Much Pressure’ airing on Zmix97

September 4, 2015 in Events, Happenings

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Beginning 09/07/15
‘TOO MUCH PRESSURE’
Will be airing at 6.00
AM, 1.00 PM, 9.00 PM, & 1.00 AM – MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY
FOR THE NEXT  NINE DAYS
On ZMIX97

 

 

 

 

 

Radio DJ Thomas Ramirez of  Zmix97  has added  our record, ‘Too Much Pressure – the Rebel Sole Underground Remix’ to  the station’s playlist. It’s a thrill to know our song is airing alongside all those great classic R&B, Funk,  Hip Hop, and Oldies records. Honored to be among such great company!

Check it out and listen here –  http://tunein.com/radio/ZMIX97-s131148/

Concert a Sellout!

July 24, 2015 in Events, Happenings

The July 18th concert at the West Valley Music Center was a blast!  A great vibe in the room, and a sellout crowd in spite of the freaky rainstorm (In July?!). 7-18-Danny blowin harp at W. ValleyFYI – The two previous days of rain this year were on May 15th, my birthday, and on March 1st, the day of my Record Release Party (Perhaps I should schedule more events?)

With the backing of some great musicians – Tim Horrigan on bass, my son, Bryan, on percussion and melodica, Chris Blondal, drums, and Craig Copeland,  guitar,  the show included numbers from the ‘Dancing with the Moment ‘ and  ‘A Blue Little Corner’ albums, plus some new material, and even a tune from the Peppermint Trolley Company LP. We had fun, fun, fun!

I shared the bill with singer/songwriter, Raspin Stuart. He was a gas to work with!

Many thanks to Jeff Gold and the West Valley Music Center.

Looking forward to the next live engagement.

 

 

 

 

 

I shared bill with Raspin Stuwart. It was a good match.

I shared bill with Raspin Stuwart. It was a good match.

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Danny Faragher in Concert for Music on a Warm Summer Night

June 26, 2015 in Events, Happenings

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Danny Faragher, on his promotional tour of his latest Dancing with the Moment album (recently released on iTunes), will be performing at a one night Special Engagement with the Acoustic Music Series on July 18th at 8pm.

TMP-Shoot---Canyon-Hike-PR-065aDanny Faragher will be playing and singing songs from his albums, Dancing with the Moment, and Blue Little Corner, as well as other tunes from his storied career, and will be accompanied by a full band consisting of Tim Horrigan, Craig Copeland, Chris Blondal and Bryan Faragher. Together they will span the musical range from Jazz to Blues to Funk to West Coast Psychedelic.

Sharing the bill is Raspin Stuwart, performing Blues, Jazz, Acoustic Soul and Adult Contemporary.

The show will take place at the West Valley Music Center, 24424 Vanowen Street, West Hills, CA 91307. Tickets are available for $15 by reservation only. Call 818-992-4142.

Reservations can be made on line here: http://www.westvalleymusiccenter.com/acoustic-music-series.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buy ‘Dancing with the Moment’ on iTunes & CD Baby

June 9, 2015 in Events, Happenings

Danny Faragher’s new album ‘Dancing with the Moment’  is available for purchase at the following locations. Preview and download at every location. CD Baby and Amazon offer CDs for sale, complete with full color graphics and booklet featuring the psychedelic artwork of designer Bryan Faragher.

For an autographed copy, contact info@dannyfaragher.com for more info.

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Hear Danny on 88.3 Southern FM Melbourne Right Now!

June 3, 2015 in Events, Happenings

—Official Press Release—
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As part of his recent press tour to promote his new album, Dancing with the Moment, Danny Faragher appeared live on the Purple Haze radio show with host Nick Black, 88.3 Southern FM in Melbourne, Australia.

The interview aired Wednesday May 26th, at 8pm AEST, and featured Danny’s numerous stories from  his long recording career, including anecdotes about his time playing on The Sunset Strip as a house band, the emerging Venice counter-culture scene, and the touring of the late 70s, all the way to his recent experiences of producing his recent solo album Dancing with the Moment with his son Bryan.

The 2 hour interview intertwined around many musical selections from The Peppermint Trolley Company, Bones and The Faragher Brothers, along with numerous tracks from his recent solo album Dancing with the Moment.

For those that missed the original airing on the 88.3 Southern FM website, it can be found here at the radio station’s website.

Dancing with the Moment, which has already been called “one of the greatest albums of the year” by critic Beverly Patterson, also received some kind words and attention from host Nick Black who called it, “fabulous” and “brilliant” and praised the album’s cohesive nature and urged listeners to buy the whole album, not just a single track.

The interview as well as an archive of Danny’s past appearance on the Purple Haze show is available on the Southern FM website, and a copy can also be found here at Dannyfaragher.com as well.

Dancing with the Moment is currently available on iTunes as well as available in CD from CDBaby.com

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Note: Special thanks to Nick Black.