Featuring the McCrary Sisters
Well, here’s the short story on Mike Farris; he lives the rock and roll dream as a member of the band Screamin’ Cheetah Wheelies, gets tired of the excesses of life on the rock and roll road sparked by his own demons, finds God and a new spiritual center and decides to take up gospel music that will reflect his new lease on living. So, he’s found religion and sobriety. But, after he wakes up from the fog of the past and tries to figure out what music to play from here on out, Farris decides that he doesn’t want to make gospel music that ignores the positivity of the rock and soul music he’s always loved. He chooses to err on the ‘joyous noise unto the Lord’ side of the ledger and looks to form a band that can raise the roof. After a couple of well-received studio albums and many concerts where his sound and his band are worked hard, the end result is the new live album called “Shout! Live.”
Farris and his Roseland Rhythm Review band have played big festivals like Bonnaroo, South By Southwest, Telluride, the Hardly Strictly Festival in San Francisco and Warren Haynes’ annual Christmas Jam in Asheville, NC. But, it has been his regular gigs at the Station Inn club in Nashville that has turned a lot of heads. It was at one of these gigs at the Station Inn that this live album was recorded, with his full band, horn section and the lovely voices of the McCrary Sisters backing him up in roof-raising fashion.
The album starts off with a soulful and rocking version of the classic song, “Precious Lord, Take My Hand.” The Stax Records-esque groove continues with “Selah! Selah!” and doesn’t stop until seven songs later when the band finally slows it down for the bluesy guitar-driven “Devil Don’t Sleep.” Other highlights include a New Orleans-style groove on “Will The Circle Be Unbroken,” the funky “Can’t No Grave Hold My Body Down” and the a cappella “Dig A Little Deeper.” Throughout the album, Farris sings his heart out, working hard to make his gospel fun, inspiring and drenched with sweat.