Amber Farris was inspired to become a guitar player and singer as a youngster after seeing Kentucky native Wynonna Judd perform at the Texas State Fair. A few years later, it was watching another Kentucky native in concert — Jim James of My Morning Jacket — that persuaded her to try singing in a more forceful style. Today, Farris has combines her musical influences with those of the other four members of Somebody’s Darling to become what she calls “just an old-fashioned rock band.”
“We’re just a group of people who are making music and getting along,” Farris said in an interview Sunday night with WMMT-FM’s Greg Napier. “We’re just an old fashioned rock band trying to make music people enjoy.”
Farris was speaking with WMMT in advance of two Friday appearances by Somebody’s Darling in downtown Whitesburg. The Nashville-via-Texas band is first scheduled to appear for a free instore performance at Roundabout Music Company on East Main Street at 2 p.m. on Friday, followed by a full show later Friday night at Summit City, where they are expected to take the stage between 9:30 and 10 p.m.
The Nashville-via-Dallas band is “equal bits Gary Clark Jr. and ZZ Ward,” says the website Baeble Music.
“Somebody’s Darling have all the elements you would expect from a Southern rock band: Lead singer Amber Farris’s commanding vocals, dominant guitars, powerful drums, and lyrics that make you pay attention,” says the website Culture Collide.
“As lead singer of Somebody’s Darling, this year’s Dallas Observer Music Awards-winning act, Amber Farris has a stage presence and voice that could rival any of the genre’s heaviest hitters. Farris’s vocals are raw, powerful and wholly unique, giving Somebody’s Darling a sound that is immensely popular with local music fans,“ says the Dallas Observer.
In addition to Farris, Somebody’s Darling is composed of lead guitarist David Ponder, Wade Cofer on bass, Mike Talley on keyboards and drummer Nate Wedan. Cofer and Tally also share vocals with Farris.
Farris, whose family listened to a lot of country music while she was growing up in Texas, will never forget seeing Judd, a native of Ashland, perform at the state fair.
“I was like wow, I’m going to start playing the guitar and I’m going to start singing,” she said. She credits her decision to sing lead vocals to a concert she saw by Louisville’s My Morning Jacket in a 75-seat venue before the band became a popular draw nationwide.
“I was so inspired by his voice,” she said of My Morning Jacket’s James. “(I said) that’s what I want to do.”
The latest album by Somebody’s Darling is the well-received Adult Roommates, released in September 2014. The band is becoming so successful that it has been booked for two consecutive nights in April at the Southgate Revival House in Newport, Ky., near Cincinnati.
As the new album continues to find success, Farris said it is a thrill to hear songs such as “Bad Bad” and “Generator” being played on rock and indie radio and Internet stations.
“That never gets old and I hope it never will,” she said.
Admission to Friday night’s show at Summit City is $12.
For more information on Somebody’s Darling or to hear their songs “Bad Bad” or “Generator,” visit www.somebodysdarling.com. Roundabout Music Company can be found on Facebook.