On SILVER AND STONE, Farris returns to his rock, soul and even country roots, making a break from the roots gospel he has been recognized for. (Farris’ previous album SHINE FOR ALL THE PEOPLE won a GRAMMYfor Best Roots Gospel Record in 2015.) Though there are definite spiritual tones, the new album is more a celebration of the people who most intimately surround him. SILVER AND STONEshows several different sides to Farris’ prodigious talent. On “Fingers Snaps” and “Are you Lonely For Me,” he shows his sense of fun and whimsy, while on Bill Withers’ “Hope She’ll Be Happier” he digs deep and delivers a performance rich in emotion and passion. On “Golden Wings,” one of several Farris originals on the album and the lead single, he explores the universal challenge of overcoming life’s obstacles and reaching beyond ourselves to find a place of compassion even in the midst of difficult circumstances. The album was produced by Compass Records co-founder Garry West and supported by a cast of top-flight musicians from across the Americana and soul spectrums including legendary drummer and ‘Memphis Boy’, Gene Chrisman, B3 master Reese Wynans (Double Trouble) and guitarists Doug Lancio (Patty Griffin, John Hiatt) and Joe Bonamassa.
It’s in the quiet moments sprinkled deftly throughout his new album, SILVER AND STONE, that Mike Farris reveals a previously hidden side of his singular instrument. His voice, widely known for its power and range, becomes a vessel for something more subtle but infinitely more rare and challenging to capture—the pure, authentic nature of returning to your roots. Musically, the album delves deep into Farris’ background with a wide range of influences, drawing as much from Stevie Wonder and Bill Withers as from Bon Scott and Steve Marriott. Farris’ larger-than-life vocals, straight out of the South, sharpened in the clubs of New York City, honed over a lifetime of collaboration and stage time with the likes of Patty Griffin, Patti Austin, Double Trouble, and his own Roseland Rhythm Revue, deliver not only the funky danceable blues-rock that draws audiences to his live shows but also a deeper insight into Farris’ hard-earned understanding of the complexities of the human condition.
CHRIS BEVINGTON ORGANISATION
In 2014 Chris Bevington realised a lifetimes ambition to record a Blues based album drawing on influences such as Robert Cray, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Walter Trout, Eric Clapton and Joe Bonamassa.
After months of hard work, the first album ‘ Chris Bevington and Friends’ was released to critical acclaim here in the UK, USA and globally. The album charted in the UK Blues charts on 4 occasions during 2014, 2015 & 2016 and in the USA Blues charts in 2015.
Album 2 followed in 2016 and the band included a host of Guest Musicians, Manfred Mann’s vocalist Robert Hart, 2017 Blues UK Award winning vocalist Rebecca Downes, Chris Aldridge from The Climax Blues Band, Steve Overland from UK rock band FM and 10cc drummer Paul Burgess. Album 2 also charted in the UK Blues Charts 5 times and added to the 2016 Top 40 Playlist and also Airplay by Paul Jones – BBC Radio 2.
The current line-up of this highly popular nine-piece outfit features Jim Kirkpatrick from FM, plus the fabulous duo Vocals of Kate Robertson and Sarah Miller from Nearly Dan and the Vocal and Guitar talents of Scott Ralph.
For 2018, we have released the fantastic new Album “Cut and Run”, this features 12 original tracks written and produced by Scott Ralph and Jim Kirkpatrick as played on the Paul Jones Show on BBC Radio 2.
The Album has hit the IBBA UK chart for 5 months running, No 1 for May and June. The track Got to Know has also hit the European Top 100 Chart and is currently No 14.