Fergheart represents the musician's version of the American Dream. The Oregon countryside and his dad’s old Yamaha guitar have morphed into the twenty-four-seven bustle of Los Angeles and a well-loved 1956 Gibson L-50. It's this tension between the easygoing country and hectic urban landscape that is the driving force behind Fergheart's music. He takes ideas from the city and pits them against the typical middle-American mindset. And while he notes Nick Lowe, Ryan Adams, and John Prine as main influences, he's added his own brand of lyrical sensibility to a stripped-down folk sound to travel back in time in order to slow down.

His new single "My Retro Weekend" displays this perfectly. Amongst the laid-back banjo shuffle, he calls for a more simple life that eschews "the latest trends" and embraces "books, photograms, [and] forties events." This single is the foundational statement for his upcoming album, fully embracing a "way things were" attitude with nostalgic awareness and fond recollection. If the modern listener is frantically experiencing digiphrenia on cell phones and screens, Fergheart is the off-the-grid solution.

Musically, the tunes are painstakingly written with an almost feng shui balance throughout. And one shouldn't expect anything less from such a seasoned musician with over 1,000 gigs under his belt, ten television appearances, over fifty film/TV placements, and seven years in Cliff Wagner's band. At some points, a gentle blues groove drives the song, and it truly feels like a car ride throughout Fergheart's Oregon country. Fergheart has a classical ear for melody, as the refrain of "My Retro Weekend" proves. For a guy who started singing out of necessity for gigs, he possesses a controlled range that rolls smoothly and fits right at home with the music.

"My Retro Weekend" was helmed by the who's who of roots music, further adding to the single's quality. Producer David Sutton has toured with country/blues legend Lucinda Williams since 2007, and one can hear his expertise on the first listen. Butch Norton, another Williams bandmate, adds to the tight rhythm section, offering modest drum grooves that firmly glue the song in place. Other guests include Phil Parlapiano (former member of John Prine's band), Mindy Jones, Eric Heywood, and Matthew Szlachetka. "My Retro Weekend" could be called an all-star effort, but that would be an understatement.

The future is bright for Fergheart, with the single release and a Christopher Lockett-directed music video for his song "To Measure Up" on the horizon. But most importantly is the cornerstone of all of his efforts: "My Retro Weekend." Consider it his mission statement, his yawp, his battle cry. Fergheart knows that 2014 is chock full of business and noise, and he's not about to let it slide. "My Retro Weekend" is his answer, and it's poised to become a timeless solution in a time-obsessed world.

 
 

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“Homecoming Vinyl Release Party”, at White Eagle Saloon – Portland, Oregon

“Homecoming Vinyl Release Party”, at White Eagle Saloon – Portland, Oregon

On Friday, April 29th 2016, Award Winning Artist & Composer Paul Trubachik will host Portland music fans to a “Homecoming Vinyl Release Party” at the White Eagle Saloon for Los Angeles based guitarist, songwriter, and recording artist FERGHEART to celebrate the release of a debut 7” vinyl record and his first concert in Portland in… Continue Reading

FERGHEART – Live at the Marin County Mart – 9.6.2015

FERGHEART – Live at the Marin County Mart – 9.6.2015

This Sunday September 6, 2015 I’ll be performing at the Marin County Mart in Larkspur, Ca from 12:30-2:30pm. If you’re in the area please join me for a concert of “folkish” music. I’ll be playing with two other amazing musicians; Bud Dillard on mandolin and Ben Thomas on the upright bass. We’ll be playing a fun collection… Continue Reading

FERGHEART-Honorable Mention-2015 West Coast Songwriters Competition

FERGHEART-Honorable Mention-2015 West Coast Songwriters Competition

I’m excited to announce that “My Retro Weekend” received honorable mention in the Americana category for the 2015 West Coast Songwriters international songwriting competition. This is the third win and/or honorable mention for the song and I’m looking forward to sharing it with the world on 7″ vinyl and digital very shortly. See the full list… Continue Reading

FERGHEART – Live at the Old Pasadena Farmer’s Market

FERGHEART – Live at the Old Pasadena Farmer’s Market

  This Sunday July 12th, 2015 – Get your veggies on! I’ll be performing two sets with one LA’s finest fiddlers Jesse Olema at The Old Pasadena Farmer’s Market. We’ll be playing some original tunes including My Retro Weekend and Postmodern Farmer. Maybe Jesse will even sing a few of his tunes? Maybe he’ll sing Big… Continue Reading

FERGHEART on “Live at Lockett’s” YouTube Concert Series

FERGHEART on “Live at Lockett’s” YouTube Concert Series

Live at Lockett’s intimate concert series on YouTube captures the Folk and Americana singer/songwriter FERGHEART in a time of reflection. Recorded just ten days after his Mother’s passing, “Throw A Rose In The Ocean” is a song about the memory of a day with his Mother when she had to say goodbye to her parents.… Continue Reading

FERGHEART – Live Recordings -WitZend 10.22.14

FERGHEART – Live Recordings -WitZend 10.22.14

For those of you who missed last Wednesday’s show featuring Butch Norton and David Sutton at WitZend live in Venice, California, I’m excited to share with you a few songs that we’re captured by an innocent iPhone app. Thanks so much to the folks who came out, and the hoots and hollers. Thanks to Christopher… Continue Reading

 

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