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Night the Cumberland Came Alive
     

The Night the Cumberland Came Alive

by Mike Farris
 
After spending the '90s fronting the hard-rocking, hard-touring Screamin' Cheetah Wheelies, Mike Farris has had a career and spiritual revival in the past few years. His recent albums have been invigorating blasts of gospel-fueled blues-rock. On The Night the

Overview

After spending the '90s fronting the hard-rocking, hard-touring Screamin' Cheetah Wheelies, Mike Farris has had a career and spiritual revival in the past few years. His recent albums have been invigorating blasts of gospel-fueled blues-rock. On The Night the Cumberland Came Alive, he continues in the same vein for a good reason and a good cause. This six-song EP was inspired by the disastrous flood that hit Nashville in May 1, 2010, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Nashville's Downtown Presbyterian Church, where this CD was recorded on May 17, 2010. For this live recording, Farris assembled an all-star crew of Nashville players, dubbed the Cumberland Saints, which includes mandolinist Sam Bush, bassist Byron House, guitarist Kenny Vaughan, and Old Crow Medicine Show men Ketch Secor and Gill Landry. Together they play music that is both spiritual and spirited. The disc opens with the terrific title track, which sounds something like a bluesier "Watching the River Flow." The song, which directly addresses the flood, offers a local's look at the devastation ("there'll be no music in the Opry house tonight," Farris laments.) along with touching on more universal themes (like we "were all born to die."). Similarly, Farris reminds listeners on "Mother Earth" that "we all die" and "go back to Mother Earth." Considering the disc's genesis, it's not surprising that biblical references and a real sense of morality pervade this set of songs. "Dear Lazarus," a Farris co-write with Secor, makes use of the biblical reference about rising from the dead. Although it deals with death, the song also is an extremely lively number which reflects the wonderfully rollicking revival tent sound that Farris and his Cumberland crew create by smoothly fusing American roots music. Blues-rock guitar, bluegrass mandolin, and gospel call and response all feel at home on a cover of the Rev. Cleophus Robinson's "Wrapped Up, Tangled Up," while New Orleans-style horns punctuate a rousing rendition of "Don't Let the Sun Go Down." The only real problem with this EP is that it is way too short, coming in at under a half-hour long. Farris gets you stomping and clapping along with his soul-stirring music, and makes you wish that he and his band would play all night long.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/2010
Label:
Ent. One Music
UPC:
0099923234128
catalogNumber:
2341
Rank:
90448

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mike Farris   Primary Artist,Vocals
Sam Bush   Fiddle,Mandolin,Soloist
Matt Davich   Clarinet
Byron House   Acoustic Bass
Ann McCrary   Vocals
Kenny Vaughan   Electric Guitar
Jim Williamson   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Billy Huber   Trombone
Eric Holt   Piano
Derrek Phillips   Percussion,Drums
Alfreda McCrary Lee   Vocals
Regina McCrary   Tambourine,Vocals
Gill Landry   Steel Guitar
Truman House   Percussion
Ketch Secor   Banjo,Fiddle,Harmonica,Vocals

Technical Credits

Curley Weaver   Composer
Peter Chatman   Composer
Rev. Cleophus Robinson   Composer
Lewis Simpkins   Composer
Mike Farris   Arranger,Composer,Lyricist,Producer
Traditional   Composer
Gill Landry   Sleeve Design
Ross Gower   Engineer
Tyler Pittman   Executive Producer
Ketch Secor   Composer

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