The Night the Cumberland Came Alive is singer/songwriter Mike Farris' response to the devastating flood that struck his adopted home of Nashville in May 2010. Assembling a group of top local players, he recorded this six-song EP at the Downtown Presbyterian Church while the city was still recovering from the disaster. This powerful set combines the sanctified celebration of a tent revival with the swampy grooves of a roadhouse jam. Farris taps into the twanging rhythms of old-time jug band music on the title track andDown On Me,
songs that acknowledge earthly suffering while holding out hope for resurrection. Guitarist Kenny Vaughan and the McCrary Sisters help set the church rafters shaking as they fillDon't Let the Sun Go Down
with gospel fire. Eric Holt's blues-drenched piano sets a sanctified tone for the sober meditationMother Earth.
Original tunes like the moodyDear Lazarus
compliment covers like Rev. Cleophus Robinson'sWrapped Up, Tangled Up.
A portion of the proceeds from the EP's sale will benefit flood victims and the homeless in Nashville. - iTunes
- Release Date: October 26, 2010
- Record Label: Entertainment One
- UPC: 99923234128
- Number of Discs: 1