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Mike Farris - Silver and Stone

  by John Clarkson

published: 3 / 11 / 2018

Mike Farris - Silver and Stone
Label: Proper Records
Format: CD


Hugely enjoyable gospel soul on latest record from Nashville-based Grammy Award winning artist Mike Farris

Nashville-based Grammy Award winner Mike Farris is a man on fire on ‘Silver & Stone’. It has all the ingredients of a classic gospel soul album, recalling Otis Redding, Sam Cooke and Al Green. Farris’ vocals bounce up against swaggering guitar lines, horns and a cascading set of backing singers across twelve tracks. The outstanding cut is a slow-building, smouldering cover of Bill Withers’ ‘Hope She’ll Be Happier’ in which Farris piles on the heartache after finding himself dumped by his long-term lover. His own seven self-penned seven songs are, however, never anything but solid. ‘Tennessee Girl’, about Farris’ wife of twenty-three years Julie, kicks off ‘Silver & Stone’ in blistering fashion, while ‘When Mavis Sings’ is an equally devotional tribute to his friend Mavis Staples. ‘Silver & Stone’, of course, hearkens back to a different era. There is nothing particularly original about it, and nor is there meant to be. It, however, moves at a scorching pace, Farris is a continually riveting presence, and it is a hugely enjoyable record.

Track Listing:-
1 Tennessee Girl
2 Are You Lonely For Me Baby?
3 Can I Get A Witness?
4 Golden Wings
5 Let Me Love You Baby
6 Hope She'll Be Happier
7 Snap Your Fingers
8 Breathless
9 Miss Somebody
10 When Mavis Sings
11 Movin' Me
12 I'll Come Running Back to You

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