If you haven't been paying close attention, you might have missed that one of Dallas' most popular bands is no longer with us. Well, let's rephrase that: They're no longer here, in Dallas. Earlier this year, Somebody's Darling — winner of the 2014 Dallas Observer Music Award for Best Country Act, as well as perennial favorites in the KXT rotation — took the big plunge and moved to Nashville. Our loss if the Music City's gain.
Earlier this month, Amber Farris and the boys were back in town for a show at The Kessler Theater in Oak Cliff, and the next day Farris was kind enough to record the latest edition of our busking series with Globe Trek Productions. Appropriately, it's Farris' gritty, powerful voice that gets showcased on these stripped down songs, joined only by percussionist Nate Wedan on one ("Bad Bad") and going solo on the other ("Wasteland"). Her singing is the undoubted soul of the band, and the perfect instrument for busking.
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Farris talks a bit between songs about what inspired the band's move, and also what it was like to come back home. "I was really nervous for the first time in Dallas," she admits. "Normally when we play Dallas I see friends and family up front, and it's like all these new fans that are just into Somebody's Darling. That's so exciting to me."
As she sings in "Wasteland," "If you can fake it here, you can make it anywhere." Fortunately for Somebody's Darling, there's no faking necessary.