Miko Marks taps into church roots and bridges gender – Winnipeg Free Press
Miko Marks and the Resurrectors, “Feel Like Going Home” (Redtone Records)
Miko Marks created buzz last month performing at AmericanaFest in Nashville, Tennessee, and her latest album is an engaging encore.
“Feel Like Going Home” is also the follow-up to “Our Country,” Marks’ 2021 album that marked the revival of his music career after a more than decade-long hiatus to focus on family.
Marks joins a welcome trend of recent breakthroughs in country music by black women who are challenging gender boundaries. His new album draws inspiration from gospel, blues, Motown, Memphis soul, Southern rock and more, the result being an aural rainbow to match the visual delight provided on stage by Marks. and his band, the Resurrectors.
Marks never exaggerates, but every note is spoken with fervor on topics such as deliverance, perseverance, transcendence and empowerment. Its ecclesiastical roots are a unifying element, with choirs sung in chorus and ballads as prayers.
Steve Wyreman and Justin Phipps produced and wrote the material with Marks and make distinctive contributions on multiple instruments.
“Let me roll, roll, roll to the other side,” Marks sings on “The Other Side,” and Wyreman’s electric slide guitar emerges to lead the way. His frenetic playing provides an energetic push on “Trouble”, a topical stomper inspired by the late civil rights leader John Lewis. The song combines passionate lyrics with an unspoken message: the joyful momentum of Marks’ music must not be stopped.
This story has been updated to correct the pronoun in the lede.