Nick Ferrio & His Feelings “Nick Ferrio & His Feelings”
“You can’t judge a book by its cover” so they say but I beg to differ. Books and (and albums) are always being judged by their covers – if they weren't, artwork wouldn't need to exist.
I judged Nick Ferrio’s debut album by its cover – the retro look, the ukulele all screamed “hipster” to me. I should have looked closer then I would have seen that ‘ukulele’ had 50% more strings than normal and the retro look works perfectly with Ferrio’s take country music. It is pre-Nashville Sound but has more twists than straight up honky tonk.
Part of this sound is due to the recording method (direct to 2” tape) but it is as much about his lonesome voice, the liberal use of Chris Altmann’s pedal steel and Ryan Perks’ twangy guitar that makes this album what it is. That and Ferrio’s songs: tales of life as a road musician, of missing and longing and yearning. There are stories about a night in the cells in a foreign land, being left in a river and a woman who mistakes her husband for a bear and shoots him. 'Nick Ferrio & His Feelings' is a very fine album by a very fine songwriter – I just wish I could make out what his is singing at the end of track three.