ROMP main stage artist Rick Faris performing free concert Saturday to celebrate release of new album 

June 6, 2023 | 12:06 am

Updated June 6, 2023 | 8:31 am

Rick Faris, the current International Bluegrass Music Association’s New Artist of the Year, will play a free concert in Owensboro this Saturday. Faris is scheduled to play the main stage of ROMP Festival later this month, and the free concert is in conjunction with the release of his new album.

The concert will begin at 7 p.m. at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum. No ticket is required for the album release event. The Hall of Fame’s lobby bar will be open. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Faris began performing at an early age alongside his four brothers and parents, who collectively made up the award-winning Faris Family Bluegrass Band. After the family stopped touring, Rick was looking for a new full-time gig and he landed with the band Special Consensus. Playing mandolin and guitar over 11 years with the band, he earned two Grammy nominations and five IBMA Awards.

Faris then signed with his current label Dark Shadow Recording as a solo artist in September 2018. Rick started writing songs and selecting the right personnel that could handle anything.  With watertight harmony singers and mind-blowing pickers, Rick set out to show the world what his brand of Bluegrass sounds like. 

Saturday’s concert will celebrate the launch of “Uncommon Sky,” the third album for Faris on the Dark Shadow label. 

In addition to the free concert, Faris will also have copies of his new project for sale in the lobby of the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum. He will meet fans and sign copies of the new release.

Hall of Fame Executive Director Chris Joslin said, “We are so focused on live music, and all we can think about now is ROMP Festival later this month. That’s why we jumped at the opportunity to host Rick Faris’ album release event here at the Hall of Fame. After all, Owensboro is the Bluegrass Music Capital of the World. Where else would a rising star in the industry want to have their album release event?”  

June 6, 2023 | 12:06 am

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