Singer/guitarist/songwriter Charlie Farren was a mainstay on the Boston rock scene in the late 70’s and early 80’s as a member of the band Balloon, a group that carved out a solid local following based on a smart live show and longs such as “Listen to the Rock.” But Farren burst onto the national scene in 1981 after teaming up with Aerosmith lead guitarist Joe Perry and releasing an acclaimed album on CBS. As lead singer and guitarist with the Joe Perry Project, Farren-penned classics such as Ballon’s “Listen To The Rock” and “East Coast, West Coast” showcased his vocal and writing talents and solidified his live stage performance. Charlie and Joe teamed up to co-write 4 other songs for the album, including the title cut, “I’ve Got The Rock And Rolls Again.”
Charlie formed Farrenheit with bassist Dave Hull from the Joe Perry Project and drummer John Muzzy, and the trio released a self-titled debut album on Warner Brothers in 1987. Three singles from that album, ‘Fool in Love’, ‘Bad Habit’, and “Lost in Loveland,” as well as video exposure on MTV, established Farrenheit as one of the modern new rock acts from Boston. His 1999 release, Deja Blue, earned him new national respect, not only through his masterful songwriting and soulful vocals, but in his ability to reinvent himself as an artist. He subsequently released World Gone Wild, Four Letter Word and Live at Club Passim, as a solo artist, followed by FARRENHEIT Live at The Roxy Boston MA.
(by Dean Johnson)
Published on December 28, 2012