Salvation in Lights

Salvation in Lights

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by Mike Farris
     
 
Most guys slog it out in a rock band, develop some bad road-associated habits, clean up, find God, and go on to produce the worst music of their careers. Not Mike Farris. The scandalously underrated singer and guitarist with the Screamin' Cheetah Wheelies is resurrected on Salvation in Lights and the greasy rock-a-roll belter is reborn a sanctified soul shouter

Overview

Most guys slog it out in a rock band, develop some bad road-associated habits, clean up, find God, and go on to produce the worst music of their careers. Not Mike Farris. The scandalously underrated singer and guitarist with the Screamin' Cheetah Wheelies is resurrected on Salvation in Lights and the greasy rock-a-roll belter is reborn a sanctified soul shouter that could cream the American Idol competition if he wanted to. Fortunately, Farris has higher goals. Hooking up with only the finest gospel and spirituals and some originals that could have been cut from the same soul-stirring cloth, Farris mines the deep, humid grooves of New Orleans gospel -- a Cosimo Matassa-styled horn section, rippling piano, gospel choir, buzzing and moaning guitars. Fans of '50s and '60s gospel (anyone who bought Joel Dorn and Lee Friedlander's Gospel Music collection, for example), will swoon over what Farris has done here. If he's unafraid of tackling Sam Cooke on his own turf ("A Change Is Gonna Come"!), maybe it's because Farris was feeling this music long before he felt God in his life, and now, well, he's near unstoppable. Salvation In Lights is nothing short of a homecoming -- home sweet home, indeed.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jared Johnson
Mike Farris' second album of gospel-inspired blues-rock drew a surprising amount of buzz from both Christian and secular media, considering its lack of commercial appeal. This was due to a tantalizing combination of old-school soul and newfound gospel influences, which came as a breath of fresh New Orleans-style air. The 36-year-old Farris had fronted the '90s jam band the Screamin' Cheetah Wheelies before backing into a lead spot with Double Trouble (any blues-rock follower is familiar with the rhythm section that lived on well after Stevie Ray Vaughan). Having heard little from him since his roots rock solo debut, Goodnight Sun, in 2002, Farris' fan base could not have predicted the warm reception given Salvation in Lights. The album was a combination of gospel standard covers and brassy originals that swept Southern influences from uptown Dixieland to the Memphis blues. What put the album in a league of its own -- besides Farris' brawny, rugged voice -- was superb rock production by Matt Martone (3 Doors Down, Skillet). The "salvation" penned in the album title referred to a moment at a relative's funeral in which Farris decided to overcome a personal battle with alcohol that had gone on and off for over a decade. One critic dubbed this "the album you wish Taylor Hicks had made," for the amount of enjoyable blues-rock that folks had been waiting to hear.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/26/2007
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0886970633321
catalogNumber:
706333

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mike Farris   Primary Artist,Percussion,Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals,Lead
Bill Cooper   Trombone
Paul Griffith   Percussion,Drums
Steven Herrman   Trumpet
Jim Hoke   Clarinet,Accordion,Saxophone
Joe McMahan   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Soloist
Matt Martone   Keyboards
Eric Holt   Organ,Piano,Wurlitzer
John Hinchey   Trombone
Jerry Roe   Drums
Neil Rosengarden   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Sam Cooke   Composer
Jim Hoke   Horn Arrangements
Sister Rosetta Tharpe   Composer
Matt Martone   Producer,Engineer
Mike Farris   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Traditional   Composer
Alvertis Isbell   Composer
Billy Perkins   Cover Design
Sam Mizell   Composer

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Salvation in Lights 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mike's voice and his sincere delivery come across as 100% authentic on this great album. I'll never forget where I was the first time I heard his incredible voice. Having met him after a recent show I can say God has touched Mike Farris, a gentleman and a gentle man. Mike is more than a musician. I want to tell everyone about this great record!