Did you happen to be lying on the beach in Hawaii a few years back listening to a surfer named Jack Johnson sing and play guitar? No such luck? Well, if you want to hear someone of Johnson’s quality and potential, you are now in the right place.
A launch party to celebrate the release of a new album, God Is Young by Steve Inferno and The Hollywood Farmers is coming up Friday, March 12 in Bellingham. Inferno, the stage name of local singer-musician Steve Furno, composed, produced and graphically designed the album, available on Amazon.com, iTunes, soon in Bellingham at Everyday Music and Avalon Music and in Vancouver and Seattle.
Furno, a Blaine high school graduate and longtime Point Roberts resident, has a big following locally and is looking to break out. He might just start a regional inferno with this CD – it’s that good. The band includes players from both sides of the border and was recorded in various studios and offbeat locations. Inferno says he was influenced by bluegrass, sounds of the ’20s, gypsy, island music, with a bit of hip-hop with punk rock lyrics thrown in for good measure. If it helps, he describes the sound as a regionally inspired vaudeville-eclectic mix and says it transcends all ages. Given the diverse audience seen at some of his gigs and their energetic responce to his music, one might agree.
To create his signature sound, Inferno employed ukulele, stand-up bass, horns, guitar, mandolins and drums.
The event features opening acts of spoken word by Naaman David and the popular Glacier bluegrass band BentGrass. It will be held Friday, March 12 at 8 p.m. at Bloom organic restaurant, 1320 Cornwall Avenue, Bellingham. Admission is $3 at the door, 18 and older welcome. Beer and wine is available for those 21 and older. CDs will be available for $10. The event will be partially powered by bicycle-driven generators provided by Makeshift, a non-profit organization working on sustainability and helping struggling artists.
Photo by CJ Kelly