Nick Ferrio & His Feelings – Nick Ferrio & His Feelings (Shuffling Feet)
Peterborough singer/songwriter Nick Ferrio makes country music like your grandfather used to.
In a world where country and western has given way to the saccharin sweet and sickeningly slick ‘new country’ of Keith Urban, Big & Rich and Taylor Swift, it’s nice to know that Ferrio remembers music before Porter Wagner.
Ferrio, who plays with Burning Hell and Baby Eagle and the Proud Mothers, has a voice that’s raw and honest even when he’s waxing lyrical lies. His Woody Guthrie via Willie Nelson style firmly cements the ‘and western’ back on the tail of his coun- try, both as a songwriter and storyteller.
Ferrio dusted off ribbon microphones and reel-to-reel tape machines to record Nick Ferrio & His Feelings, though it’s im- portant to note that the authenticity of the album is in the song writing and perfor- mance not just a kitschy vintage recording process.
The next time you accidentally land your radio dial on Blake Shelton or Rascal Flatts, pop in a copy of Nick Ferrio & His Feelings, don a cowboy hat, put your thumbs in your belt loops, nod at all you pass and let Ferrio remind you that before ‘hot country,’ country was cool.