As a part of North Central College's celebration of the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, we're proud to present Mike Farris and The Roseland Rhythm Revue.
Mike Farris may be best know as lead vocalist and writer for acclaimed 90's rock band The Screamin' Cheetah Wheelies but it was only after he pursued his own musical direction in the early 2000's that he found his calling. Taking a path that intertwines rock, blues and gospel has allowed him to rediscover and reinterpret traditional Black Gospel music and add his own mix of Stax influenced blue-eyed soul.
In 2008 Mike Farris won the prestigious Americana Music Award for Best New & Emerging Artist as well as a Dove Award in 2009 for the Best Traditional Gospel album of the year for SHOUT! Live. Festival appearances that year at Hardly Strictly, Telluride Bluegrass, Strawberry Festival, ACL Festival, Bonnaroo and many, many more solidified the impact of the live music experience that is Mike Farris & The Roseland Rhythm Revue. Mike performs solo, as an acoustic quartet, a 5 piece electric band or with the 9-piece Revue but no matter what the configuration, the energy and sheer talent always leaves the audience wanting more.
In 2010 Mike was joined by some of Nashville's finest musicians (Ketch Secor & Gill Landry from Old Crow Medicine Show, Sam Bush, Kenny Vaughan, Byron House & The McCrary Sisters) to record an EP called The Night The Cumberland Came Alive to benefit victims of the 1,000 year flood that hit Middle Tennessee that May.
“Farris surrounds himself with a heavenly soundtrack that slides effortlessly between Stax soul, New Orleans gospel and shuffling Southern blues, all of it punctuated with Farris' smoldering vocals and clear message of redemption.”- Harp Magazine
Genre: Blues / Gospel / Rock & Soul