CHARLIE TRAVELER PRESENTS: An Evening With GRAMMY Winner Mike Farris - [soul / roots / gospel]
Friday, Apr. 7, 2023
Doors: 7:30pm • Start: 8:00pm
AyurPrana Listening Room
312 Haywood Rd
Asheville, NC 28806View Map
WHERE: AyurPrana Listening Room, 312 Haywood Rd, West Asheville, NC 28806
WHEN: Friday April 7, 2023
DOORS: 7:30pm | SHOW: 8pm
GENRE: soul / roots / gospel
TICKETS: $32 adv. / $35 d.o.s. / $40 premium seating
“Mike Farris has enough heart, soul, and power to light up a city. He mixes up the elements and turns them into something new, beautiful, and uniquely his own.” -- --Buddy Miller
He is an artist’s artist, a musician’s musician, celebrated and revered by his fellow performers. It’s no wonder. He’s the one who brings everything to his music and to every live performance, every time.
Mike is an Americana, Grammy and Dove Award-winner with multiple solo recordings, including his latest, “Silver and Stone.” His iconic personal appearances include the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concert honoring Aretha Franklin.
He was featured on Patty Griffin's Grammy-winning “Downtown Church,” and appeared with Griffin on Austin City Limits. He shared the stage with Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Double Trouble on the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame special and made his Grand Ole Opry debut in 2018.
An amalgamation of the spiritual and the earthly, of gospel and rock ‘n’ roll, of faith and fire, Mike Farris will bring what Rolling Stone Country describes as a “supersized voice filled with the electricity of Saturday night and the godly grace of Sunday mornings.”
Coming off of an incredible GRAMMY win for 2015’s SHINE FOR ALL THE PEOPLE (Best Roots Gospel Album), Nashville rocker Mike Farris keeps it earthy and personal on SILVER & STONE(Compass Records, 2018). The title refers to his wife Julie’s wedding ring, and the album is a celebration of their 23 years of marriage and her steadfastness in sticking by him through his years of struggling with addiction and alcoholism. Now sober for 9 years, Farris has the energy and conviction of a man saved, a stack of anecdotes and life experiences that would make most people’s heads spin, and a soulful vocal delivery reminiscent of Sam Cooke or Otis Redding.
Produced at Compass Sound Studio (AKA “Hillbilly Central” – the birthplace of Outlaw Country) in Nashville by Compass Records co-founder, Garry West, SILVER & STONE finds Farris imbuing his songs with a vibey, lighthearted feel, returning to his roots as a rocker and soul singer. The album weaves through the traditions of American music the way that Tennessee born and bred Farris has done expertly throughout his 25-year career, starting with his band, Screamin’ Cheetah Wheelies.
The studio band includes famed “Memphis Boy” Gene Chrisman (Dusty Springfield, Elvis Presley, Dan Auerbach) sharing drum duties with Derrek Phillips (Robben Ford, Hank Williams Jr.), keyboardists Reese Wynans (Joe Bonamassa, Double Trouble) and long-time Farris collaborator Paul Brown (Waterboys, Ann Peebles), guitarists Doug Lancio (Patty Griffin, John Hiatt), Rob McNelly (Delbert McClinton) and George Marinelli (Bonnie Raitt) with Steve Mackey (Wallflowers, Delbert McClinton) and producer West splitting bass duties. Farris is quick to credit the crew in the band for putting their modern spin on classic grooves and progressions.
The band was given just enough structure so they could add their own flavor. Among the album’s many standout moments is Joe Bonamassa’s searing solo on “Movin’ Me”(Bonamassa became a fan and friend while opening for Screamin’ Cheetah Wheelies in the 90’s).
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