Deep in the Heart

Deep in the Heart

by W.C. ClarkW.C. Clark


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Like his last album, From Austin with Soul, this title references both W.C. Clark's Texas home base and his R&B leanings. Once again produced by horn player Mark "Kaz" Kazanoff, who also contributes harmonica, sax, and punchy brass arrangements, this is a classic soul lovers delight. Clark's grease-and-gravy voice is exhilarating, dripping with emotion and changing his inflection to boasting, hurtful, tough or tender depending on the song. The opening "Stronger Than You Need to Be" bursts out with the loose-limbed intensity of the best Otis Redding material, as the horns underline a Memphis groove so authentic you'd think you had unearthed a great lost Stax side. Sizzling covers of Redding's "You Left the Water Running," Joe Tex's "I Want to Do Everything for You," and Otis Clay's "I Didn't Know the Meaning of Pain" further cement that connection as tasty guitar licks intricately spar with the nimble horn charts and Clark's world-weary voice. The slow blues of "My Texas Home" gives Clark a chance to strut his guitar skills as does the closing take on Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown's "Okie Dokie Stomp," where the brass gooses the already elastic jump blues. He also raids fellow Texas journeymen the Fabulous Thunderbirds' catalog for a rollicking "Twist of the Knife," and kicks back with John Hiatt's darkly affecting "Tip of My Tongue." Cleanly recorded but not slick, producer Kazanoff expertly balances detailed sonics with a gutsy live sound that delivers one knock-out punch after the next. It's a terrific contemporary soul release that meshes blues and R&B into an explosive combination, and shows the veteran Clark at the peak of his powers.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/29/2004
Label: Alligator Records
UPC: 0014551489726
catalogNumber: 4897
Rank: 90280

Album Credits

Performance Credits

W.C. Clark   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Marcia Ball   Piano,Vocals
Tony Braunagel   Drums
Nick Connolly   Keyboards
Mark "Kaz" Kazanoff   Harmonica,Percussion,Saxophone,Background Vocals,Group Member
Paul Mills   Percussion
Derek O'Brien   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Riley Osbourne   Keyboards
Kevin Smith   Double Bass
Randy Zimmerman   Trombone,Group Member
Pat Boyack   Rhythm Guitar
Larry Fulcher   Bass,Bass Guitar
John H.R. Mills   Saxophone,Group Member
Gary Slechta   Trumpet,Group Member
Ruthie Foster   Vocals,Background Vocals
Barry Smith   Drums
Pat Boyack   Guitar
Barry "Frosty" Smith   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Marcia Ball   Duet
John Hiatt   Composer
Joe Tex   Composer
Kim Wilson   Composer
Dan Penn   Composer
Pluma Davis   Composer
Rick Giles   Composer
Rick Hall   Composer
Bruce Iglauer   Executive Producer
Mark "Kaz" Kazanoff   Producer,Horn Arrangements,Audio Production
Gary Nicholson   Composer
Stuart Sullivan   Engineer
Eugene Williams   Composer
Chuck Jones   Composer
Carrie Clark   Composer
Oscar Frank   Composer
Ruthie Foster   Duet

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