Faris Family, The


  • From Ozawkie, Kansas.
  • Band includes Bob and Michelle Faris (banjo and bass) and their four sons, James (fiddle/bass), Richard (guitar), Eddie (banjo/fiddle), and John (mandolin).
  • Bob Faris (dad) won the Iowa State Fiddle Championship at age 19. Played in numerous bands in Las Vegas, Nashville, Branson. Retired from full time music career in 1991 to become a full-time dad.
  • They have won numerous SPBGMA awards including “Entertaining Band of the Year.”
  • Performed regularly at their own “Bluegrass Barn Theater” in Ozawkie, Kansas.
  • 2008, Eddie Faris joined Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, replacing Darrin Vincent on arch-top guitar. In 2018, he joined the Larry Stephenson Band, playing bass.
  • 2009, Rick Faris joined Special Consensus, replacing Ashby Frank on mandolin.
  • 2009, the Faris Family officially disbanded (as a performing act).
  • 2018, Rick Faris signed with Dark Shadow Recording to release a solo project.