Shout! Live

Shout! Live

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by Mike Farris & The Roseland Rhythm Revue
     
 
Gospel soul-rocker Mike Farris follows up his successful 2007 comeback Salvation in Lights with live renditions of most of the songs included on it. The studio tracks that sounded so sanctified receive extended treatments that aren't just longer, but are delivered with a joyous churchy spirit perfect for the subject matter. The full title of the album credits

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Gospel soul-rocker Mike Farris follows up his successful 2007 comeback Salvation in Lights with live renditions of most of the songs included on it. The studio tracks that sounded so sanctified receive extended treatments that aren't just longer, but are delivered with a joyous churchy spirit perfect for the subject matter. The full title of the album credits Farris and the Roseland Rhythm Revue featuring the McCrary Sisters, a significant point because the band and backing singers add such vitality and enthusiasm to these blistering versions. Regina McCrary's feisty tambourine is audible on every track and even gets its own solo on "Regina's Tambourine." These songs were cherrypicked from Farris' weekly gigs at Nashville's Station Inn club, an intimate venue that is turned into a revival tent when Farris and his band hit the stage. A full horn section brings even more soul and jazz to the already energized proceedings, pushing the intensity heightened by the live adrenaline. Farris is in fine fettle throughout, clearly inspired by his musicians and especially the harmonizing sisters. The latter get their own showcase during the a cappella "Dig a Little Deeper," a song from the Fairfield Four, the act their dad was a member of. The entire backing ensemble gels on an eight-minute "I'll Take You There" that pays respect to the Staple Singers but raises the temperature on a cover that incorporates rock guitar along with call and response singing that approaches the original in sheer inspiration. Even if this is a stopgap until Farris collects enough material for his next studio set, it's an exuberant, roof-raising document that shows the singer to be a committed and talented gospel vocalist unafraid to incorporate his rock and soul background into the genre without weakening or watering it down. Together with a great band and a fired up audience, the effect is explosive.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/14/2009
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0886974653929
catalogNumber:
746539

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mike Farris & The Roseland Rhythm Revue   Primary Artist
Ann McCrary   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Joe McMahan   Electric Guitar
Dennis Taylor   Clarinet,Saxophone
Greg Cox   Trombone
Mike Farris   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Eric Holt   Piano,Hammond Organ
Regina McCrary   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Nick Govrik   Bass
Deborah McCrary   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Keio Stroud   Drums

Technical Credits

A.P. Carter   Composer
Joe McMahan   Producer,Engineer
Kenneth S. Morris   Composer
Sister Rosetta Tharpe   Composer
Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey   Composer
Mike Farris   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Traditional   Composer
Alvertis Isbell   Composer
Kissy Black   Publicity
Ross Gower   Engineer
Tyler Pittman   Executive Producer

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Shout! Live 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Manjo More than 1 year ago
Back in the Spring of April 2008, my wife and I took a road trip to Nashville from Boston. Arriving on Sunday evening, we were wired from driving and decided to go out to a local Bluegrass club, the Station Inn, assuming we were going to hear the featured genre. We got to this little dive in a section of Nashville called the Gulch, and it was absolutely packed, surprisingly including a number of families with young kids and older folks, but we somehow managed to get a pair of folding chairs at the foot of the stage. Someone handed us a program announcing we were at the 'Sunday Shout.' When the 12 person group, including horns and 3 female back-up singers took the stage and blew us back with the first notes, we realized we weren't in for a mellow night of Bluegrass. When lead singer, Mike Farris started singing 'I just got to Heaven, and I CAN'T SIT DOWN!!!' the energy in this little room was incredible. Mike and his group tore into about an hour and a half of free rock and soul=tinged gospel performed for the sinners and saints of Nashville. I am not a religious man, but I have never been as delightedly surprised as I was by this exciting performance. Kind of like Springsteen's Seger Sessions meets Exile on Main Street. Back in Boston, I purchased Mike's superb studio gospel album, 'Salvation in Lights,' but it was great to hear this recently released live album directly from the Station Inn. It has many of the same cuts as the studio album, but the increased urgency of the live performance by folks who clearly are feeling the Holy Spirit will excite believers and agnostic music fans alike. Mike has won an Americana Music award for the studio album, so this is not slick, overdone production--just good, roots type music with a Christian message. PLAY LOUDLY AND SING ALONG!!!