Geoff Farina is probably best known for his work in the nineties and early aughts as the singer and guitarist for jazz-inspired indie rockers Karate and the more ballad-oriented lo-fi duo, Secret Stars. Since playing with those two seminal bands, Farina's musical output has leaned heavily toward early American folk traditions -- specifically folk and bluegrass from the pre-WWII era. In fact, the last time Farina played saki, he was with his pre-war guitar/mandolin duo, The Last Kind Words.
As a huge fan of Farina’s earlier bands, I have to admit it seems odd to hear him singing anything other than Karate or Secret Stars songs, but thanks to his solo work, his group Glorytellers and now The Last Kind Words, over the past few years it's become apparent that Farina's talents as a singer/songwriter and guitarist defy the boundaries of easy classification. In the set of songs that comprise Farina’s Epitonic saki Session it's clear that no matter what style of music Farina is playing, he has a knack for playing in a way that’s both calming and emotionally resonant.
Farina’s set was a pleasure to hear in saki’s intimate setting (especially “Last Kind Words Blues," the Geeshie Wiley song his bluegrass duo lifted their name from), and it was a perfect lead-in to Ida’s truly amazing performance later that night. Farina even joined Ida on stage to cover the Secret Stars classic, “Shoe In,” which you'll be able to stream or download in Ida’s upcoming Epitonic saki Session. Farina claimed to forget parts of the song -- a measure of how far he’s come from his past projects -- but when Ida’s Dan Littleton called it “one of the most beautiful songs” he had ever heard, it was undeniable evidence of Farina’s lasting impact on the music world. We’re just pleased he stopped in to do this session for us -- and for you. Enjoy!