INXS co-founder Andrew Farriss has gone a lit bit country for his first solo album due in January 2020.
Andrew recently showcased his new country persona at the iconic Bluebird Café in Nashville, often used in the TV series Nashville. The album was recorded at Andrew’s home studio in Australia and in Nashville.
“I played some guitar riffs in Australia and then tracked other parts in the US,” he says. “I’ve been really lucky to have an amazing group of musicians to work with,” he says. “The people coming on board and rallying around what I am doing have been great. Hopefully it will be something that people will really like.”
Andrew, the creative force of INXS, has spent most of his time outside INXS as a producer, working with Tania Kernaghan, Yothu Yindi and in the early days Jenny Morris. (Jenny’s ‘Shiver’ is about to be reissued to mark its 30th anniversary).
Andrew has always maintained a low profile yet was the songwriting genius behind INXS’ greatest hits like ‘Stay Young’, ‘The One Thing’, ‘The Original Sin’, ‘I Send A Message’, ‘What You Need’, ‘Need You Tonight’, ‘Never Tear Us Apart’, ‘Devil Inside’ and ‘Heaven Inside’, written either by himself or with Michael Hutchence.
The new song ‘Come Midnight’ will be released on 9 August 2019. The song’s origins date back to the INXS ‘Kick’ album. Andrew revisited the song when his wife Marlina was battling breast cancer.
The last INXS album was the reinvention record ‘The Original Sin’, featuring specials guests such as John Mayer, Rob Thomas and Ben Harper on each song. The last album of new INXS music was ‘Switch’ in 2005 with JD Fortune on vocals. The final Michael Hutchence INXS album was ‘Elegantly Wasted’ in 1997.