Left, John Pyles, Rick Meade, Jim Faddis and Cort Armstrong of FarmStrong prepare to celebrate the release of the band’s third album “Don’t Go Down That Road” on Saturday, Aug. 26, at the Dungeness Schoolhouse in Sequim. Submitted photo

FarmStrong preps to celebrate lastest project

Presented by FarmStrong and Sequim Museum & Arts

What: Two concerts at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26. Doors open at 3:30 p.m.

Where: Dungeness Schoolhouse, 2781 Towne Road, Sequim

Tickets: $15 available online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3062761

Contact: Cort Armstrong at 681-8553, cortharmstrong@gmail.com

Local acoustic quartet FarmStrong is preparing to release its third and latest album with an upcoming release party.

The four-man band is celebrating the release of its latest album, “Don’t Go Down That Road,” with an album release party featuring two, 90-minute concerts at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26, at the historical Dungeness Schoolhouse at 2781 Towne Road.

FarmStrong first started in 2013 as a collaboration between band front man Jim Faddis and guitarist and singer Cort Armstrong and quickly evolved into what is now the acoustic quartet including Rick Meade (dobro/ vocals) and John Pyles (bass).

The band is known for its mix of vocals and original take on bluegrass and country music. Its latest album features 13 songs with the theme stemming from the title track and Faddis’ original song, “Don’t Go Down That Road,” about making choices in life and potentially regretting those choices.

“Jim has a real tension for writing songs that appeal to a very large group of people,” Armstrong said.

While the album features a few of Faddis’ original songs, the album also, “(cuts) a wide trail through the American roots landscape” presenting a diverse assortment of music from John Prine and Kate Wolf to 1950s and 1960s classics such as the Coasters, the Temptations and Crosby, Stills and Nash.

The band has released an album every two years since its inception in 2013 starting with “Live in the Dungeness” and then “Forever” released in 2015.

Armstrong said this latest album was recorded in five days at a recording studio in Eugene, Ore., with Dale Atkins. He added most of the songs were recorded live without needing to go back and redo the songs.

“We found a process that worked and flowed and it was pretty effortless,” Armstrong said.

Armstrong said he believes this album is more eclectic compared to past albums and reflects more of the band’s normal sound.

Sequim Museum &Arts is hosting the band’s event and also contributed a 19th-century photo of the Dungeness Valley from its archive of local historical photographs for the CD’s cover.

Tickets for FarmStrong’s CD release celebration of “Don’t Go Down That Road” are available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3062761 for two separate, 90-minute shows at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Doors open at 3:30 p.m.

There will be a 90-minute social mixer between concerts to meet with band and audience members. The new CD will be available at the release party at a discounted price of $10 (online $15).

For more information, contact Cort Armstrong at 360-681-8553, cortharmstrong@gmail.com or farmstrongmusic.com.

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