Stepping Up & Stepping Out

Stepping Up & Stepping Out

by Sam Butler & the BoysSam Butler & the Boys


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As a founding and former member of the legendary Blind Boys of Alabama, Clarence Fountain has enjoyed a 70-year career as a gospel singer, and amazingly, he still sings with skill and verve. On Stepping Up & Stepping Out, where Fountain shares billing with another former member of the Blind Boys, Sam Butler (no stranger to the secular side of things, having worked with Keith Richards, among others), Fountain has delivered what might be his most accessible and mainstream album yet. It's no secret that classic soul always derived its spirit and energy straight from gospel, with the two streams separated only by the nature of their themes, and there have been many singers (Sam Cooke and Al Green come immediately to mind) who've sung successfully in both genres without really changing the approach (only the lyrics), but generally it's all one or the other, either gospel or soul. What Fountain and Butler do on this very impressive release is actually combine the two, and it makes for an album of startling emotional balance. Every track has a powerful resonance, whether it leans to the gospel side or secular side of the great divide. There's so much to like here, but the beautiful "Down to the River," the Curtis Mayfield-like "It's a Different World" (which features a guest spot from Donald Fagen on melodica), and the bluesy, funky "Don't Let the Devil Ride" are clear highlights. It's unusual to hear a project where gospel and soul blend as artfully together as this, which makes Stepping Up & Stepping Out a rare and special treasure.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/25/2009
Label: Tyscot Records
UPC: 0014998418228
catalogNumber: 984182

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sam Butler & the Boys   Primary Artist
Clarence Fountain   Vocals,Background Vocals
Donald Fagen   Melodica
Corky Siegel   Harmonica
Bob Telson   Hammond Organ
Voices of Praise   Background Vocals
Sam Butler   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Chris Cameron   Clavinet,fender rhodes
Leroy Clouden   Bass
Colin Linden   Acoustic Guitar
Jim Tullio   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Ebo
Jim Weider   Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
Anthony Williams   Organ
Larry Beers   Drums
John Rice   Electric Guitar,Hammond Organ
Caleb Butler   Background Vocals
Ricke McKinnie   Background Vocals
Chris "Hambone" Cameron   Hammond Organ,Clavinet,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Tracy Pierce   Bass,Background Vocals
Travis T. Bernard   Drums
John Tullio   Acoustic Guitar,Bass
Robert Secret   Piano

Technical Credits

Clarence Fountain   Producer
Solomon Burke   Executive Producer
Donald Fagen   Liner Notes
Paul F. Antonelli   Engineer
Sam Butler   Executive Producer
Chris Cameron   Engineer
Colin Linden   Composer
Roy Marinell   Composer
Lincoln Schleifer   Engineer
Jim Tullio   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Jim Weider   Composer
Chris "Hambone" Cameron   Engineer
Dominic Bazille   Engineer
D. Mays   Composer
Roberts   Composer
Paul Antonelli   Engineer
T. Hall   Composer

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