Scioto County’s native son singer/songwriter Rick Ferrell has announced a dedication to promoting his home. Ferrell performed a free show to celebrate the release of his new album Home for the Weekend Saturday night at Pattys and Pints on Second Street.
Ferrell explained that he started recording the album a year ago. The artist explained that he would write three or four songs at a time and then get into the studio to record them. The album started with 19 tracks but was cut to 12. Ferrell was in the studio to record the last session in February. He explained that it was then a rush to get the album ready for the Dreamland Festival, which was held in June.
“On the album, I tried to reflect on where I grew up,” Ferrell commented. “If you know me and know where I’m from, you know how I grew up.”
However, Ferrell’s plan was to help those fans who don’t know where he is from understand his rich roots.
For Saturday’s performance, Ferrell brought his camera crews with him. The crew recorded the video for the album’s title track “Home for the Weekend” while also shooting the pilot for his new show “Tom n Huck Music and Fishing.” By filming in Portsmouth, Ferrell explained that he hopes to promote the area, showcasing the people and businesses.
Ferrell explained that he also hopes to help bring back the local music scene.
“I’ve been able to live my passion and do what I love my entire adult life,” the performer commented.
Now, he hopes to help other to do the same. Ferrell not only hopes to inspire local musicians but also to help them reach success by sharing his knowledge.
“My education was a stack of old albums,” Ferrell commented.
He added that there little to no venues to new artists at that time either. Thus, working with local businesses is an essential part of his goal.
Not having a mentor to teach him the business, Ferrell explained that he has had to learn the industry on his own with his guitar as his closest friend.
“I’ve never been anywhere without that guitar,” he said. “I’ve never gotten on a plane without it.”
Ferrell added that his trip home opened his eyes to all the development and changes happening around the area, opening up new opportunities for the community.
“We’re a college town now,” Ferrell commented. “As a college town, one thing we have around here is a lot of talent.”
As the town grows, Ferrell added that there must be a focus on the arts and a dedication to showcasing area talent.
Though a local native, Ferrell moved to Nashville, Tenn., where he has had great success.
“[I]t didn’t take long before he was drawing attention from all the major record labels in town,” his biography states. “He soon signed a deal with Steven Spielberg’s company “Dreamworks” and began recording an album with legendary record producer James Stroud. As a song writer, Rick has been equally successful in his endeavors. Superstar Tim McGraw struck gold when he chose to record Rick’s song titled “Something Like That” (aka The BBQ Stain Song) and took it to #1 on the Billboard chart for a recordbreaking five weeks in a row.
“The song continues to be a main stay on radio stations world wide. In fact, at the end of 2009 “Something Like That” would emerge as the most played song of the decade in any genre of music, making it the first country song to ever achieve that honor. Martina McBride also topped the charts with Rick’s power ballad “Where Would You Be?” Because of his versatility, Rick has had his songs recorded by a wide range of artists…from classic country artist like Earl Thomas Conley and Eddie Raven to contemporary artist such as Montgomery/Gentry, Julianne Hough and Jason Michael Carroll.”
For more information about Ferrell and his new album, visit his Facebook page or website at www.rickferrellmusic.com.
Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.