Mike Farris

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Mike Farris
with Ashley and the X's
Saturday, July 22, 2017 9:00 PM
Revelry Room, Chattanooga, TN
  • 18 & over
  • Standing Room ONLY
  • Anyone 18 & over, MUST provide a valid photo ID to enter the venue. No Exceptions. No Refunds or Exchanges.
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  • Ticket Price: $18.00 - $20.00
  • Door Time: 8:00 PM
  • Restrictions: 18 & over
    Standing Room ONLY
    Anyone 18 & over, MUST provide a valid photo ID to enter the venue. No Exceptions. No Refunds or Exchanges.
“Out of the arms of defeat Mike Farris has done a victory lap... He takes people who are hurting, who are broken, who think they are alone and through just the sound of his voice he lets them know that they’re not…that’s magic.” —songwriter Mary Gauthier There’s a hallowed hall, deep within the recesses of the heart, where an amazing truth resides: The power in your life can only be experienced when broken open and shared with the people who come into it. Back in 2005, Mike Farris cracked open the hallway door when, for the first time since the age of 15 he was clean and sober. Recording what would become the critically acclaimed Salvation in Lights (2007), a resurrected Mike eagerly anticipated the future. But with two ruptured discs, back surgery and the death of his beloved manager Rose McGathy all within a few weeks of the record’s release, a rolling fog settled in. And with it, denial. Nevertheless, Mike’s career was picking up steam. He won an Americana Music Award for New/Emerging Artist in 2008, followed by a Dove Award in 2010. His live performances at Bonnaroo, SxSW, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, and others—were drawing rave reviews. Revered artists like Rodney Crowell, Buddy Miller, Patty Griffin, and Marty Stuart were struck by his incomparable voice, and Mike opened shows for Patti LaBelle, Mavis Staples, Blind Boys of Alabama, Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby. By 2010, having released the Award winning live recording SHOUT! Live and then an EP for Nashville flood relief efforts, Mike launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund his next record, an independent release. His fans generously funded the project. Serious invitations kept coming: first, to the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame’s 16th Annual American Music Masters concert honoring Aretha Franklin, then TEDx Nashville, and then to the inaugural Austin City Limits Hall of Fame with Double Trouble. Mike’s spirited, soul-gospel fusion had found an enthusiastic audience, but denial has a way of biting back. Compared to his former life, he thought he was fine, but truth be told, Mike had become addicted to pain medication. The new album would have to take a back seat to a painful, life-changing recovery. Mike went to rehab and finally began excavating the root causes of his addiction with the help of support groups at AA and NA. An isolator by nature, he struggled laying all his secrets on the table for complete strangers, but gained encouragement through the stories of others. Each honest step led to fertile, hopeful ground. What eventually emerged from that fertile ground is Shine for All the People, the evolution of true sobriety, of finding a new identity as a servant, first as a man but also as an artist. “I’d been working on the record before my recovery, and then there was a pretty huge delay,” explains Mike, who recently signed with Compass Records. “I had to back up, take time to grab the ground, to re-acclimate, to learn how to live now, truly sober for the first time since I was a kid.” This new normal included getting back to the process of creating new music, but there was a distinctive trajectory shift in Mike. “So many avenues of music flow through me, 100s of years of music, the music that I grew up with—from Blues, Rock, R&B and gospel—there had always been this pressure to try to force it into a box that would sell somehow. It’s crazy and overwhelming at times, the weight of trying to meet expectations and make a living, but this time, that all fell away. I know now, that this gift only exists to encourage people in their struggles and if there’s any power in it, it’s not from me.
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