Following his captivating debut single Come Midnight, songwriter Andrew Farriss has released the second single, Good Momma Bad, from his self-titled debut album.
While the name Andrew Farriss resonates in industry circles alongside his band INXS and the many hits he penned while they topped the charts, he is rightfully considered one of the country’s most prolific songwriters, having written, produced and performed music for acts such as Yothu Yindi, Tom Jones, Tania Kernaghan and Jenny Morris.
In recent years, he has been co-writing with some of the biggest names in Nashville, including the likes of Grammy-award winning songwriters Gordon Kennedy and Paul Overstreet, as well as veritable country music songsmiths Frank J Myers, James Dean Hicks and Bruce Wallace.
Finding himself in the country music industry itself is fitting as he has spent the past two-and-a-half decades living on the land, on a functioning cattle and grain farm in north-west New South Wales. There is something about the storytelling style in this musical genre that suits his sensibilities and that much is evident in the way his debut release, Come Midnight, resonated with audiences.
Good Momma Bad draws the listener in from the outset with stories of a sliding doors style existence—the good and the bad. Wrapped up by the funky instrumentation, it is exactly the sound Andrew was hoping for when he headed into Larry Beaird’s Nashville studios to record it.
“I wanted Good Momma Bad to have a strong funk groove played with country music instruments such as fiddle, mandolin, acoustic guitar and pedal steel,” says Andrew. “Good Momma Bad was a great recording session. We approached it in an old-school Nashville way, with the emphasis on playing live wherever possible, which was also exciting to get the right take and feel. I co-wrote Good Momma Bad with James Dean Hicks and Buck Johnson. Everybody, no matter what, needs a good mother, and no one gets through life without help from other people. The sad truth is not everyone has a good mother, and consequently people suffer during and in the midst of life. Many need much more love and support in their lives.”
“I really appreciate the very positive encouragement and support I’ve received from the country music community and country music fans during the recording and songwriting process for my first solo album,” he says. “I loved writing this album. As a songwriter, I’ve always been a fan of country music, particularly old-school country and western—cowboy songs and country rock. During my songwriting I wanted to include the fusion of country, folk, rock, funk and blues, blended with country music instruments, and with the emphasis on recording live in the studio wherever possible.”