Mike Farris–Salvation In Lights–INO Records
Mike Farris isn’t the kind of person you’re likely to find giving the altar call at a youth rally. He’s recovering from chemical and alcohol dependency, clean two years, trying to get through each new day still intact. And these are the songs that have come out of being saved by grace. Salvation in Lights (INO Records) is a traveling tent-revival of an album, working its way up the banks of the Mississippi River from New Orleans through Memphis and onto points north. Recorded at the same Nashville house-studio where White Stripes/Raconteurs leader Jack White recorded Loretta Lynn’s award-winning Van Lear Rose album, Farris’ sophomore solo effort uses the musical language of spirituals, timeless stories of struggle, some of which are centuries-old slave spirituals, and soul to tell a uniquely redemptive story. Farris originally founded the Screamin’ Cheetah Wheelies and also fronted Double Trouble.