Nick Ferrio and His Feelings
You might know Nick as the silly and fun-loving bassist in The Burning Hell. But since before Nick joined The Burning Hell six years ago, he has been quietly working away on his own songs. Now, for the first time he is branching out into a solo career.
Nick’s music is at once honest and filled with tall tales. His version of country music contains shades of some of country’s greatest storytellers, likening to Tom T Hall, Willie Nelson and George Jones.
Nick began recording his debut album in December 2011 with Ian Romano at the 2″ 16 track studio he shares with his brother, Daniel Romano, in Welland, ON.
Joined by Ryan Perks on lead guitar, Emmott Clancy on drums, Liam Wilson on bass, Chris Altmann on pedal steel, Caylie Staples and Spencer Burton (of The Grey Kingdom) on harmony vocals, Nick Ferrio & His Feelings made a record of country music the way it was recorded generations ago – with ribbon mics and tape machines.
The album was mixed by Dan Weston (City and Colour, Daniel Romano) and mastered by Harris Newman of Grey Market Mastering. It will be released on September 18, 2012 on Shuffling Feet Records, a record label run by Jonas Bonnetta and Sylvie Smith of Evening Hymns.
The songs on this self-titled album reflect the travels Nick has had as a musician on the road. Songs like “Night Garden,” “Popular Flower” and “Always Searching” contemplate the pining a travelling musician feels miles away from the one he loves. “Free Man, Switzerland” is a cautionary, autobiographical tale of a night he wound up in a Swiss Jail. “The Trial of Mary Harshbarger” tells the story of a woman who killed her husband on a hunting trip in Newfoundland mistaking him for a bear, a story Nick heard on the CBC while touring Newfoundland and had to turn into a song.
Nick consistently tours throughout Canada and Europe, as Nick Ferrio & His Feelings, with The Burning Hell or with Baby Eagle and the Proud Mothers. Next time you see him say hello: don’t be a stranger!
You can learn more about Nick by visiting his website.