On May 1, 2010, “Music City” experienced a “thousand year” flood, with rising waters from the Cumberland River ravaging homes and businesses, causing devastation throughout Nashville. By month’s end, Mike Farris had assembled his personal dream team of musicians to record a six-track EP, The Night the Cumberland Came Alive.
Recorded live at the Downtown Presbyterian Church in Nashville on May 27, The Night … finds Farris and the Cumberland Saints turning blues, folk, country and gospel roots into present day revival, filled with passionate love. Sharing the stage with Ketch Secor and Gill Landry (Old Crow Medicine Show), Byron House (Band of Joy), The McCrary Sisters, Derrek Phillips and Eric Holt (Roseland Rhythm Revue), Kenny Vaughan (Marty Stuart & The Superlatives), and the incomparable Sam Bush, it is Farris who remains the focal point of the project, filling the room with more inspiration than any preacher could ever deliver.
If music alone can revive a community, or at least relieve suffering for a fleeting while, The Night the Cumberland Came Alive is sure to help Nashville get back on its feet. Proceeds from the EP will benefit flood relief efforts in Nashville via the Rose Memorial Fund, but the true value of EP can be seen in the joy of the faces of those listening to the project the very first time.
The Night the Cumberland Came Alive is out now.