Baptized in the Floodwater: Mike Farris & the Cumberland Saints (EP Review)
Religious references persist throughout the album (much like Farris’s 2007 Salvation in Lights). Farris celebrates his faith while placing it firmly in the enduring roots traditions of the working class, rural folk, and worship music of the dispossessed and embattled. The result is an intoxicating stew of joyous shouts, earthy rhythms, and a sound that makes palpable a desire to transcend one’s mortal self. Such is the case with “Down On Me,” a boisterous and howling cut in which the singer seeks salvation amidst troubled times. “Dear Lazarus,” penned by Farris and OCMS’s Secor only days before the recording, was also composed loosely within a traditional gospel framework. It begins with a mournfully bowed fiddle that builds into an up-tempo shuffle and swings its way to a driving spiritual stomp.
(I hope to have an interview with Mr. Farris posted later in the week; stay tuned…)
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