It made no sense to shoot home to Nashville, 1,613.7 miles due east, for what would amount to a day off at best.
So Farr did the next best thing to being at home: He invited a few songwriting buddies from Music City to join him poolside at a Tucson resort that he’s calling home for the next few days.
It’s a writing retreat with benefits, he explained.
“I get to do that a couple of times a year,” the 30-year-old Missouri native said Sunday afternoon during a chat on his tour bus backstage. “We’ll sit there for about three days. There’s a pool there so I’m sure we’ll have some drinks, kick back a little bit and relax. That will be good to have a few days to chill.”
Farr is writing material for his sophomore album, which he will record in May and June; he hopes to have it finished by the end of summer. The album is a followup to his 2012 debut album “Redneck Crazy,” which featured six songs he wrote. The title song, which he didn’t write, went to No. 2 on Billboard’s country charts; the followup single, “Whiskey In My Water,” which he did write, is at No. 19.
“Writing for me is like a hobby,” Farr said last Sunday as one of his writing buddies, Joe Diffie, was on the Country Thunder stage a few hundred yards from his bus. “A lot of times when I’m on the road, hunting or fishing or hanging with friends, a song title, an idea will pop up and I’ll put it in my phone. And then you go into these writing retreats and I’ll pull ideas out of my phone. Maybe a melody or a song title or an idea about a song. We just kind of collaborate, put our heads together. We love just writing music.”
Farr won’t have much time for writing retreats this summer. He goes out on the road with Jason Aldean — he’s been touring with him for a big chunk of this year — and won’t be done until the fall.
Which is fine for Farr.
“I always said every night I can wake up and do this and come out here and play for these people and sing is a good day to me,” he said. “Being out there with him and singing before 15,000 people and hearing them sing back every word of ‘Redneck Crazy’ and now they are singing ‘Whiskey in My Water’ — that’s why we do it so we can hear them sing it back to us and to know that people are listening.”