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--About Mighty Sam McClain--
Sam McClain was born on the northern edge of the Bible Belt in
Monroe, Louisiana in 1943. As a five year old, he began singing in his
mother’s Gospel Church. It was then that he realized singing
was his mission. He left home when he was thirteen to escape an
abusive stepfather and followed local R&B guitarist, "Little
Melvin" Underwood through the Chitlin Circuit, first as his valet
and then as lead vocalist.
While he was singing at the 506 Club in Pensacola, Florida he was
introduced to Producer/ DJ, "Papa Don" Schroeder. In 1966,
Sam recorded Patsy Cline’s "Sweet Dreams"
– his first real success. Several recording sessions at
Muscle Shoals produced singles, "Fannie-May" and "In
the Same Old Way", but his career never really took off. For
fifteen years, first in Nashville, then in New Orleans Sam worked
menial jobs and was forced to sell his plasma while he was homeless.
From cotton fields to the Apollo Theater to the park bench, all while
living the songs that would jump-start his career in the
mid-1980’s. New Orleans own, Neville Brothers (Bless you)
extended themselves at this lowest of times. Sam was offered a chance
to tour and record in Japan in 1989. "Live In Japan",
featuring legendary Wayne Bennett is a truly fine recording, much
sought after by fans worldwide.
By the early 1990’s Sam networked his way to New England by
way of his association with the "Hubert Sumlin Blues Party"
project (produced by Hammond Scott on Black Top), which involved many
Boston based musicians. These friends provided encouragement and
collaborations, which led to Joe Harley and AudioQuest Music. The
results were these successful releases, "Give It Up To Love"
and "Keep On Movin".
--Give it up to Love--
Sam McClain has a great voice for the blues. Every track is performed
with conviction and each one is a success. Excellent studio recording.
Instruments are played with great skill. McClain operates at a
different level than other blues artists. His voice, the lyrics and
the band all combine to produce something very memororable.
I don't know why this disk is hard to find. There should be millions
of copies selling and hundred of reviews with 5 stars. Even the $30
Audioquest/JVC label has been out for sometime.
I strongly recommend it even if you don't like the blues. After your
first listening sesion you will be happy that you did.
1. Give It Up To Love
2. Too Proud
3. What You Want Me To Do
4. Here I Go Falling In Love Again
5. Got To Have Your Love
6. Child Of The Mighty Mighty
7. I'm Tired Of These Blues
8. I Feel Good
9. Love Me If You Want To
10. Don't Turn Back Now
11. Lonesome Road
If you like the CD, you might consider buying it - it's an audiophile
recording, compressed audio doesn't expose all the detail available.
The CD can be purchased from http://www.mightysam.com/acatalog/CD.html