JW Farrell is a solo artist based out of New York City. Born and raised in Bucks County in the suburbs of Philadelphia before moving to NYC. During his college years he joined the NYC based pop rock group La La Lush. After two records, a sold out show at the Bowery Ballroom, and a US tour culminating in an appearance at SXSW, the band took a permanent hiatus in 2015. During this time, JW Farrell began to develop his sound as a solo singer-songwriter. While hibernating in Alexandria, Virginia, he wrote and recorded his debut EP. Taking notes from some of his songwriting heroes, Hamilton Leithauser, Bruce Springsteen and John J. McCauley as well as the sonic influence of some of his favorite bands, The Walkmen, My Morning Jacket and The Gaslight Anthem, Farrell has created a captivating blend of americana, new wave and rock.
“Alexandria EP” was released 6/10/16 at NYC’s Arlene’s Grocery, accompanied by a music video for the first single “Alexandria.”
In the summer of 2017, JW Farrell embarked on his "Little Words" Tour as a solo acoustic act, making stops in Roanoke, Johnson City, Nashville and Philadelphia. During this time Farrell recorded his first live album at Belcourt Taps in Nashville, TN. Released on 11/10 /17 as "Live at Belcourt Taps" this five song collection features stripped down versions of his earliest songs, accompanied with lead guitar by Chuck Haegel of The Tommy Roberts and Teeth.
His first full length studio record, "Francisville" was released on 1/11/19 at Berlin Under A.
Farrell's latest single "Demons" was released 4/17 and is available on all streaming platforms.
IN THE NEWS
JW Farrell and the blues art rock eruption of "Tequila Shooters"
"...the song ramps up, burning and then blows up, shifting into something that feels art rockish with glam around the edges. The surprising eruption takes it to another level. It feels artfully grand and audacious."
Tour Stories' Release of
Music for the End of the World
"...Its toe-tapping energy, paired with tongue-in-cheek lyrics is a refreshing anthem for the times. I mean I guess what we need right now is more hopeful music about the end of the world..."
Divide and Conquer's Review of "Francisville"
"JW Farrell recently released his best work yet entitled Francisville. There is something really satisfying about hearing an artist evolve. The songs on this release are a nice mix of Americana, folk and rock"