Born in Williamsport Pennsylvania, music was a part of Farley’s life at a very early age. The guitar is the current mainstay instrument, but violin, piano, drums, and singing were its predecessors. Now his love for guitar has come full circle with a certification in Lutherie (the crafting of stringed instruments). Farley now plays guitars that he has crafted by hand
Farley has been a two time semifinalist in the International Blues Challenge, taken the stage at the Billtown Blues Festival six times, and has opened for bands like “Yes” and “Blue Oyster Cult”. He has shared the stage on several tours as a lead guitar player for the “Georgia Song Bird” E.g. Kight, recorded on her album “It’s Hot In Here”, and is still her main guitarist in the north east. He has performed with other musicians like Ann Rabson, Bnois King, Smokin’ Joe Kubek, “Iron Man” Michael Burks, Melissa Reaves, and more. Farley currently occupies the role of guitarist, singer, and songwriter for regional acts including Black~n~Blues and Lynn & Farley 5.
Since moving back from Arizona, where Farley pursued his education in the art guitar making, a new chapter in his musical endeavors has taken form in solo performance. Farley has been spending most of his time on his hand made acoustic guitar and chasing fuller sound with “looping”. This “looping” allows Farley to be a rhythm guitarist, a percussionist, and a lead guitarist, all at once. At certain parts in his shows you will hear what sounds like multiple guitarists with a rhythm section, accented by a powerful soulful voice.
Farley will forever be primarily a blues player, but has been influenced by many other musical styles like funk, rock, soul, R&B, reggae, americana, country, and Jazz. All of these influences can be heard throughout his songwriting and performances. He hopes to have a solo album showcasing the collection of influences and his newest original songwriting sometime in 2012.
In January/February of next year, Farley returns to Memphis to test his new solo show and custom guitars at the 2013 IBCs!