Sledgehammer Soul & Down Home Blues

Sledgehammer Soul & Down Home Blues

by Mighty Sam McClainMighty Sam McClain


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The title of this CD couldn't be more descriptive of its contents, for it illustrates that Mighty Sam McClain is indeed a master of sledgehammer soul and down-home electric blues. Influenced by Bobby "Blue" Bland but nonetheless his own person, the Louisiana native is a charismatic singer who is as convincing on blues gems like "Where You Been So Long," "They Call Me Mighty," and the haunting "When the Hurt Is Over" (the perfect marriage of Bland and John Lee Hooker) as he is on such Southern soul treasures as "Trying to Find Myself" and "Things Ain't What They Used to Be." When it comes to R&B, McClain's approach is essentially Southern and very 1960s-influenced -- the sleekness that characterized so much of the soul-pop of Detroit, Philadelphia, and Chicago isn't an influence on this fine album, and he shows no awareness whatsoever of mid-'90s trends in urban contemporary music. But McClain (who is joined by a solid band that includes horns, electric Hammond organ and a rhythm section) does surprise us by embracing reggae on the uplifting "Pray." This is definitely a CD to savor.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/05/1997
Label: Audioquest
UPC: 0092592104228
catalogNumber: 1042
Rank: 42859

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mighty Sam McClain   Primary Artist,Vocals
Bruce Katz   Piano,Hammond Organ
Kevin Barry   Guitar
Joe Casano   Trumpet
Ted "Teddy B" Bukowski   Bass
Zac Casher   Drums
Ted Decola   Tenor Saxophone
Jeff Galindo   Trombone
Peter Giftos   Guitar
George PapaGeorge   Hammond Organ

Technical Credits

Joe Harley   Producer
Mighty Sam McClain   Producer,Liner Notes,rhythm arrangement
Walter Platt   Horn Arrangements,Trumpet Arrangement
Michael C. Ross   Engineer
Hillary Weiss   Art Direction

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