Saturday, June 8, 2013, 12:45-1:25pm
Pete Seeger Room - Room #107
Justin Farren is an acclaimed yet unassuming singer-songwriter from Sacramento, CA. where he lives in a house that he literally built with his own two hands, about which he says "it's like living in a museum of my own mistakes". When it comes to his songs, Justin Farren is nothing short of a master craftsman. Compared to Dan Bern, Greg Brown, Chris Smither, and Jack Johnson, Justin paints lyrical pictures that are firmly rooted in the reality of day-to-day life. His delivery is humorous, thoughtful and engaging. His guitar playing is lively, intricate, and seemingly boundless. The Sacramento New & Review describes him as "The storyteller with an impeccable voice, a guitar and a head full of funny, tender and engaging observation".
Justin has played numerous shows on California's west coast and has been honored to open for national artists including Bret Dennen, Hot Buttered Rum, Matt Costa, Jackie Greene, Bhi Bhiman and Amber Rubarth. He was voted "Best Lyricist" in 2010 by Sacramento Magazine and and "Best Musician" in 2009 and 2010 by the Sacramento News and Review. Justin's song "Midnight at The Fair" was voted the "2012 SONG OF THE YEAR" at The West Coast Songwriters, State-Wide Grad Playoff Event at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, and he was a 2012 Regional Finalist in the Newsong Mountain Stage Competition, one of the premier showcases of emerging performing songwriters in North America.