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Showing posts with label Mighty Sam McClain. Show all posts
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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Mighty Sam McClain (1943-2015) - My thoughts go out to his family

Mighty Sam McClain (1943-2015)

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Our hearts go out to Sam McClain’s family and friends. The world has lost a man that used his mighty voice to touch the hearts of fans around the world for nearly 60 years.
His family asks that condolence cards be sent to PO Box 322, Newmarket, NH 03857.
Today, we remember this wonderful man and all of the incredible music he gave us: http://tinyurl.com/MightySam-YouTube.
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Mighty Sam McClain was born on April 15, 1943 in the Ouachita Parish seat of Monroe, Louisiana. He began his lifelong love affair with music at the age of five, singing in his mother’s Gospel Church.  At thirteen, seeking to escape an abusive stepfather, Sam left home and began his life on the road. Following local guitarist “Little Melvin” Underwood through the Chitlin Circuit, the name given to the Southern venues friendly to black performers during segregation, he started as a valet but worked his way up to his rightful home as a lead vocalist.
By 1963 Sam had become a regular at Abe’s 506 Club in Pensacola, Florida. It was there he met DJ Papa Don Schroeder who would produce Mighty Sam’s first hit in 1966 with Amy Records – “Sweet Dreams (of You)”.

Later recordings at the famed Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Sheffield, Alabama, would produce popular singles including “Fannie Mae” and “In the Same Old Way”. Sam would go on to perform at the Apollo Theater, but his success proved to be short-lived.
The 1970s were some troubled times for Sam as he moved from Nashville to New Orleans. He battled alcoholism and found himself homeless. He lived on park benches, worked menial jobs, and even sold his plasma to get by. Though this rough patch lasted the better part of fifteen years, Sam never did stop singing.
Opportunity knocked when his friends in The Neville Brothers offered him the chance to go on tour.  In 1986 with a renewed career, Sam recorded an EP, “Your Perfect Companion”, for Orleans Records and was invited to perform and record a live album in Japan.  The new attention attracted Hammond Scott, who brought the now northeast-based McClain to Black Top Records for “Hubert Sumlin’s Blues Party”.  The record, which featured him on four songs with Howlin’ Wolf’s guitar player, was produced by guitarist and future AudioQuest Music label-mate Ronnie Earl.

McClain moved to Boston in 1992 and began playing with Uptown Revival.  The band included a core that he would later go on to record with – Bruce Katz (keyboards), Kevin Berry (guitar) and Lorne Entress (drums).  Entress helped Sam to send a demo to Joe Harley, founder of AudioQuest Music.  Mighty Sam inked a deal that would result in a series of his most popular albums including “Give It Up To Love” and “Sledgehammer Soul & Down Home Blues”.  The latter would be nominated for a W.C. Handy Award.  “New Man in Town”, from his 1998 release “Journey” would go on to be prominently featured on Fox TV’s Ally McBeal.  Sam would next release albums on both CrossCut Records (“Joy and Pain: Live in Europe”) and Telarc (“Blues for the Soul” and “Sweet Dreams” – both Handy nominated).  Sam released three new recordings throughout the 2000s under Mighty Music, a label of his own.  Drawing great praise was 2003’s “One More Bridge to Cross” where McClain leaned more heavily on the soul side of his musical tastes.

Sam recorded a duet with an unexpected partner for 2007’s “Give US Your Poor”.  The record, a benefit for a cause very close to McClain – the homeless, included “Show Me the Way” with New Jersey rock star Jon Bon Jovi.  This would only be the start to Sam’s cross-genre exchange.

Following the sale of AudioQuest Music, and subsequent renaming to Sledgehammer Blues – a name in honor of one of Sam’s songs, to New York’s Valley Entertainment, Sam was asked to record an album of duets with Iranian folk singer Mahsa Vahdat.  As a co-release in 2010 with the prestigious Norwegian label Kirkelig Kulturverksted, “Scent of Reunion: Love Duets Across Civilizations” brought together the international community through themes of love and freedom.

The success of the collaboration sparked a vintage feeling soul-blues record with Norwegian blues guitarist Knut Reiersrud (“One Drop Is Plenty”) and a reprise with Vahdat (“A Deeper Tone of Longing: Love Duets Across Civilizations”).
Nicknamed “The Soul of America” to his fans in Europe, McClain was nominated for 23 W.C. Handy Awards/Blues Music Awards throughout his incredible career.
After facing health issues throughout the spring of 2015, his family confirmed his passing on June 16, 2015 via his official Facebook page.


Thursday, June 27, 2013

Mark Pucci Media Congratulates All Our Artists Receiving Nominations for the 2013 Blues Blast Music Awards









MARK PUCCI MEDIA CONGRATULATES ALL OUR ARTISTS RECEIVING NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2013 BLUES BLAST MUSIC AWARDS!
Traditional Blues Album
•  Doug MacLeod - There's A Time
Blues Rock Album
•  Albert Castiglia - Living The Dream
 Royal Southern Brotherhood - Royal Southern Brotherhood
Soul Blues Album
•  Barbara Carr - Keep The Fire Burning
 Johnny Rawls - Soul Survivor
•  Mighty Sam McClain - Too Much Jesus (Not Enough Whiskey)
Song Of The Year
•  “Black Nights” written by Doug MacLeod – There's A Time (Doug MacLeod)
•  “Too Much Jesus (Not Enough Whiskey” written by Sam McClain & Pat Herlehy - Too Much Jesus (Not Enough Whiskey) (Mighty Sam McClain)
Male Blues Artist
Voting Is Open To The Public 
Voting to determine the winners begins July 15, 2013 and continues until August 31st, 2012 at http://www.TheBluesBlast.com. Voting is free and open to anyone who is a Blues Blast Magazine subscriber. You do not have to be a current subscriber to vote! You are automatically signed up as part of the voting process on our website if you are not currently a subscriber. Blues Blast Magazine subscriptions are FREE! The 2013 Blues Blast Music Awards ceremonies will be held at Buddy Guys’ Legends in Chicago on October 31st, 2013. The awards ceremony will feature music by the artists nominated. Tickets for the event will go on sale in mid-August at  http://www.TheBluesBlast.com

Thursday, December 13, 2012

MARK PUCCI MEDIA ARTISTS GARNER 17 NOMINATIONS FROM THE BLUES FOUNDATION FOR THE 34th BLUES MUSIC AWARDS

ONLINE VOTING AND TICKET SALES NOW OPEN TO
BLUES FOUNDATION MEMBERS

ATLANTA, GA – Mark Pucci Media proudly congratulates all of our artists who received a total of 17 nominations when The Blues Foundation announced yesterday (December 12) the list of nominees for the 34th Annual Blues Music Awards. The Blues Music Awards are universally acknowledged as the highest honor for musicians and songwriters in Blues music. Winners will be announced on May 9, 2013, at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis. Online voting is now open to Blues Foundation members at www.blues.org.

Heading the list of Mark Pucci Media honorees with three nominations each are Mud Morganfield, who garnered nominations for Album of the Year, Traditional Blues Album and Traditional Blues Male Artist for his Severn Records label debut CD, Son of the Seventh Son; as well as Mighty Sam McClain, who earned nominations for Soul Blues Album, Soul Blues Male Artist and Song of the Year for “Too Much Jesus (Not Enough Whiskey),” the title track from his Mighty Music label CD release.

Canadian roots label powerhouse Stony Plain Records gathered nominations for Eric Bibb, who was tapped for Acoustic Album and Acoustic Artist based on his label debut CD, Deeper in the Well; and perennial nominee Maria Muldaur, who once again received a nomination for the Koko Taylor Award as Traditional Blues Female based on the response to her latest CD, …First Came Memphis Minnie.

El Paso-based Catfood Records had another strong year, capped by former BMA-winner Johnny Rawls, who received two nominations: in the Soul Blues Male Artist and Soul Blues Album categories for his Soul Survivor CD. Johnny is joined this year by singer (and current Living Blues magazine cover girl) Barbara Carr, who received a nod as Soul Blues Female Artist for her Catfood Records debut, Keep the Fire Burning.

Other Mark Pucci Media artists receiving nominations include folk-blues singer/songwriter Doug MacLeod (whose new CD will be coming out in March on Reference Recordings) for Acoustic Artist; Ruf Records’ artists Royal Southern Brotherhood for Rock Blues Album for their eponymous label debut CD; Fabulous Thunderbirds leader Kim Wilson for Instrumentalist – Harmonica; Sweetspot Records artist Al Basile for Instrumentalist – Horn; and Blue Duchess Records artist and former multiple BMA winner David Maxwell for the Pinetop Perkins Piano Player Award.


“It is not uncommon in any arts genre for beloved artists with strong releases to pull in a number of nominations, and that is one of the factors at work this year,” Jay Sieleman, The Blues Foundation’s President, said in announcing the nominations. “Yet there are also more than a dozen first-time nominees, plus the six Best New Artist nominees.  It is gratifying to see both groups rewarded—those who have been near the top for a while and those who are getting the recognition they have been long seeking.”

Tickets for the 34th Blues Music Awards show are now on sale. Members receive seating preference at the Awards show and voting is now underway.  Blues Foundation members are the only fans who vote to decide which nominees will actually take home the Blues Music Award. Anyone can join The Blues Foundation by visiting their website at www.blues.org.

Once again, The Blues Music Awards will be broadcast live in their entirety on Sirius XM's B.B. King's Bluesville Channel and will be subsequently broadcast on public television.

Mark Pucci Media congratulates all of our artists and wishes them much success when the winners are announced in Memphis on May 9; and we encourage voters to consider all of our nominees. See you there!



Mark Pucci
Mark Pucci Media
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Atlanta, GA 30350-1069
(770) 804-9555
2008 Blues Foundation Recipient -
"Keeping the Blues Alive Award" -
Publicist

Monday, October 15, 2012

A Deeper Tone Of Longing - Mahsa Vahdat & Mighty Sam McClain - New Release Review

I have just received a copy of a new release, Love Duets across Civilizations:A Deeper Tone Of Longing, by Mahsa Vahdat and Mighty Sam McClain. This is an interesting recording combining Persian and American Gospel/Blues/Jazz styling and coming up with something quite different. Vahdat, native to Iran and McClain have joined forces on melodies written by Vahdat. The recording opens with A Deeper Tone Of Longing, a ballad that actually puts me in mind of a James Bond soundtrack. On When You Came the music is hauntingly beautiful and McClains voice seems to be perfect for such a task. Vahat who also sings provides a stark eastern contrast to McClains robust voice. There is a particularly clean jazz style guitar solo adding more contrast to an already warm track. Nobody begins with Vahdat singing in her native language to be followed by McClain in English and making it sound like a traditional ballad. Two Jewels to me in English sounds quite reminiscent of Stevie Wonder from the late 70's but when translated to the flip in Farsi it takes on a totally different but inviting sound. We Are Sailors begins with Vahdat and has the sound of a folk song but then McClain comes in and it takes on the characteristics of a gospel track. Very interesting juxtaposition of ideas. Refugee Of Love again starts sounding like a native folk track but when McClain starts his portion it is transformed to a blues track with gospel overtones. Very nice! Coat Of Dreams and Silk brings the two cultures the closest with strong eastern overtones throughout and a lesser shift when McClain takes over his passage. This is a very powerful recording and one that will easily find mass appeal among jazz, vocal and some blues fans.

  “To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson If you support live Blues acts, up and coming Blues talents and want to learn more about Blues news and Fathers of the Blues, Like ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorites band! ”LIKE” http://www.valley-entertainment.com/a-deeper-tone-of-longing-1.html?

Thursday, October 11, 2012

MIGHTY SAM MCCLAIN AND MAHSA VAHDAT TO TOUR UNITED STATES

MIGHTY SAM MCCLAIN AND MAHSA VAHDAT TO TOUR UNITED STATES
American-Iranian duo celebrates cross-cultural collaboration with “Love Duets Across Civilizations”
Persia meets the blues!  Mighty Sam McClain, a Louisiana red-clay soul-bluesman, and Mahsa Vahdat, a classical Persian songstress, perform duets—singing across cultures, traditions, languages, genres, scales and rhythms. In true blues fashion, McClain has run the gamut from being homeless to being nominated for a Grammy Award; Vahdat has served as a voice for women throughout Iran.  The two pull from their personal struggles, intertwining English and Farsi lyrics to express yearning, hope and a quest for freedom.  They’ll perform selections from their new CD A Deeper Tone of Longing: Love Duets Across Civilizations (Valley Entertainment).

TOUR DATES
November 7
Asia Society
Houston, TX
http://asiasociety.org/texas/events/mahsa-vahdat-mighty-sam-mcclain



November 8
Skirball Center
Los Angeles, CA
http://www.skirball.org/programs/vahdat-mcclain



November 11
Roulette
Brooklyn, NY
http://www.worldmusicinstitute.org/event/mahsa-vahdat-mighty-sam-mcclain



November 12
Atlas Theatre
Washington, DC
http://atlasarts.org/

“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson If you support live Blues acts, up and coming Blues talents and want to learn more about Blues news and Fathers of the Blues, Like ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorites band! ”LIKE”

Friday, September 7, 2012

Mighty Music artist: Mighty Sam McClain - Too Much Jesus (Not Enough Whiskey) - New Release Review


Mighty Sam McClain
has a new release, Too Much Jesus (Not Enough Whiskey), coming out on September 18, 2012 and I've been listening to a copy. McClain is backed by Pat Herlehy, Chad Owen, Rick Page, Joe Deleault, Scott Shetler, Russell Jewell and Grayson Farmer. This recording features 14 original tracks. The recording features many variations of music including blues, soul, funk and gospel. Missing You is a particularly strong track and one that I found I listened to over and over again. It is a pretty straight forward soul track with cool guitar riffs peppered over it. Can You Feel It has a lot of funk but the track could be straight from a JB recording. Tears is another strong soul based track that shines on the recording. Use Me has that R&B feel and could easily make strong airplay. Rock My Soul is another strong track forcing you on to your feet. Great rhythm track. So Into You is a mellow soul track with the lights down low... cool! The recording ends with Dance, a hot foot JB style track made to get you on your feet. If you like the R&B, soul, Funk blues, this may be your ticket. It can be a lot of fun!

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Friday, August 3, 2012

Mighty Sam McClain Declares "Too Much Jesus (Not Enough Whiskey)" on New CD Coming September 18



Mighty Sam McClain Declares Too Much Jesus (Not Enough Whiskey) on New CD Coming September 18 on His Mighty Music Label

NEWMARKET, NH – Blues, soul and Grammy nominee Mighty Sam McClain announces a September 18 release date for his latest CD, Too Much Jesus (Not Enough Whiskey), on his own Mighty Music label, with national distribution by City Hall Records.

Too Much Jesus (Not Enough Whiskey) showcases McClain’s voice in all its magnificent glory on a program of 14 original songs that touch on his influences ranging from blues and soul, to gospel and funk. Backing Sam on the album is a killer band that includes Pat Herlehy – guitar, tenor sax, flute, clavinet, Hammond B-3, strings, percussion and drums; Chad Owen – bass; Rick Page – drums; Joe Deleault – piano, organ, Fender Rhodes; Scott Shetler – tenor sax, baritone sax; Russell Jewell – trombone; Grayson Farmer – trumpet; and Concetta – background vocals. The new album was produced by Gerry Putnam, Pat Herlehy and Mighty Sam McClain and features arrangements by Pat Herlehy, with horn arrangements by Scott Shetler and Herlehy.

Sam’s voice ranks with the best in the deep soul-blues pantheon, right up there with the likes of Bobby “Blue” Bland, O.V. Wright, Otis Redding and Solomon Burke, but with his own stamp of originality, and on Too Much Jesus (Not Enough Whiskey) he delivers on that promise to the ultimate. His songs are based in hardship and troubles, yet mirror his constant vibe of hope, redemption, love and a spirituality that permeates every digital byte on the new CD.

Sam explains how the CD’s title came about: “Well, you see, I used to drink way, way, too much, I started drinking at 4 or 5 when my uncle gave me some gin (I got reckless on my tricycle and fell off and skinned my head). As time went on in my life, I got to like it very much. I stopped drinking 18 years ago and after I had stopped, I began to notice that some of my friends stopped coming around. Walking through the house one day I asked my wife, Sandra, ‘Where do you suppose so and so and the others are; they don’t come by anymore?’ It came to me like a light out of darkness – I’m not drinking anymore and I’m sharing with folks how I was helped by my faith to stop. That is how the title came to be called Too Much Jesus (Not Enough Whiskey. In my excitement, I may have brought too much Jesus to the party for some folks!”

Too Much Jesus (Not Enough Whiskey) once again broadens Sam’s scope by adding heavy, old school funk to the sound of his expressive road-honed seven-piece band,” writes musician/journalist Ted Drozdowski in the album’s liner notes. “The prayer for peace ‘Can You Feel It?’ rocks without compromise, like vintage James Brown. That song, ‘I Wish You Well’ and ‘Missing You’ span the album’s creative soul. They’re stories of the heart and of the spirit, brought fully to life by Sam’s whisper-to-cry-to-howl dynamic range and his absolute melodic control of his honey and sand voice.

“Too Much Jesus (Not Enough Whiskey) also marks Sam’s 17 years of friendship and collaboration with guitarist Pat Herlehy. Standing shoulder to shoulder on stages across America and Europe, and building songs together from the ground up in the studio, they have forged a marvelously sympathetic musical partnership. Like a great harmony singer, Herlehy uses his six-string to support and illuminate every turn of Sam’s mighty voice.”

Described by one writer as “America’s best purveyor of red clay soul-blues,” Mighty Sam McClain comes by his deep roots sound organically. Born on the edge of the Bible Belt in Monroe, Louisiana in 1943, Sam began singing like so many of that place and time – in a gospel group (in Sam’s case with his mother’s). Leaving home at age 13 to escape an abusive stepfather, Sam traveled with local R&B guitarist Little Melvin Underwood on the “Chitlin Circuit,” first as his valet and later as lead vocalist, himself, when he was 15 years old.

Throughout an early career that featured many highs and lows, he persevered and wound-up recording in Muscle Shoals, Nashville and New Orleans, working with artists such as the Neville Brothers and guitar great Wayne Bennett, and turning Patsy Cline’s immortal “Sweet Dreams” into a soulful R&B hit in 1966.

By the 1990s, Sam had relocated to New England and was involved in the recording of Black Top Records’ Hubert Sumlin’s Blues Party CD, a landmark recording for the legendary guitarist. He followed up with a number of solo albums that began to spread the word internationally about this great new voice in soul-blues, with a number of releases that eventually earned him his first Blues Music Award nominations (then known as the Handy Awards).

In 1996, Sam began to take control of his own career, forming management, publishing and production companies, and later his own record label, Mighty Music, starting in 2003 with One More Bridge to Cross, and followed by Betcha’ Didn’t Know, which was nominated as best “Soul/Blues Album” in 2010.

McClain’s work outside the blues and with organizations to help better the world led him to the “Give US Your Poor” project benefitting the homeless, and co-writing the song, “Show Me the Way,” which he performed as a duet with Jon Bon Jovi. Other artists involved in that project included Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, Natalie Merchant and actor Danny Glover.

During that time, Sam made his film debut in the movie “Time and Charges,” which was written and directed by Academy Award winner (“On Golden Pond”) Ernest Thompson. McClain also sang the film’s title theme and one other song on the soundtrack, as well. And on TV, Sam’s song, “New Man in Town,” was used by 20th Century Fox in the “Ally McBeal” show in 12 episodes of that series, as well as on a subsequent international video release.

Later world music collaborations include an album done in Norway with Iranian folk vocalist Mahsa Vadhat, titled Scent of Reunion – Love Duets across Civilizations, which reached #6 on the European World Music charts. Sam returned to Norway again, where he and Mahsa recorded a follow-up album, A Deeper Tone of Longing: Love Duets across Civilizations, released June 22 in Europe and the Middle East and set for U.S. release August 28. Sam also recorded an album with Norwegian guitarist Knut Reiersrud, which was nominated for a Grammy.

Mighty Sam McClain will support the release of Too Much Jesus (Not Enough Whiskey) with a series of international tours. For more information on the artist, visit www.mightysam.com.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Why Do We Have To Say Goodbye - 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 himself at 15.

While singing at the 506 Club in Pensacola, Florida he was introduced to Producer/ DJ, "Papa Don" Schroeder and 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". 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. New Orleans own, Neville Brothers 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 fine recording, much sought after by fans worldwide.

By the early 1990's Sam networked his way to New England through his participation in 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 the successful releases, "Give It Up To Love" and "Keep On Movin". After his move to New Hampshire the momentum continued to build with "Sledgehammer Soul and Down Home Blues". In 1998 Sam had two releases, "Journey" (AQM) and "Joy and Pain -Live in Europe" on the CrossCut label. "Soul Survivor -The Best of MSM" was his farewell to AudioQuest in 1999. ("Journey" and "Soul Survivor" both include "New Man in Town", featured on David E. Kelley's Ally McBeal on FOX-TV). Sam signed on with the Telarc Blues label in 1999, taking his longtime producer Joe Harley with him and recorded W.C. Handy nominated "Blues for the Soul in 2000 and "Sweet Dreams" in 2001 (also Handy nominated)
Sam started to take back his career in 1996 and turned to managing himself. His publishing company, Emily's Son Publishing, has been licensed since 1993 when his original work appeared on "Give "It Up To Love". McClain formed McClain Productions after successfully co-producing his CD's with Joe Harley. And now, the last step of his independence has been realized through the creation of his own label, Mighty Music which release his CD "One More Bridge To Cross" in February 2003. His newest project, "Betcha Didn't Know" which reveals yet another side of MSM was released in July 2009 on Mighty Music with City Hall Records as the distributor. Sam greatly appreciated the nomination of this CD by The Blues Association as "Soul/Blues Album 2010". You can find it in a store near you or order it directly from our web store - stop by and listen!

2008 brought Sam into the "Give US Your Poor" project, benefiting the homeless. He co-wrote (with saxophonist Scott Shetler) "Show Me the Way", which was included in the compilation where he and Jon Bob Jovi sung this stirring anthem as a duet. He continues to work with this project, performing at both The Lincoln Center, New Your City and at The Kennedy Center in Washington and other venues, sharing the stage with Natalie Merchant, and the smashing Greek tenor, Mario Frangoulis as well as the others mentioned on the CD. In early 2009, MSM was asked to record a CD of duets with Iranian folk vocalist Mahsa Vadhat. The resulting CD, "Scent of Reunion-Love Duets Across Civilizations" (www.kkv.no) reached #6 in the European World Music Charts and this is a Mighty Sam McClain that has never been heard before! Mahsa and Sam have had concerts in Norway to celebrate this music. Sam and the guitarist for this project, Knut Reisersrud, are collaborating on a CD that will be recorded in Norway in January 2011. Also, Sam has sung the theme song for Ernest Thompson, (the Oscar winner for "On Golden Pond") for his new film, "Time and Change$. "Find the Sun" is a song written by Thompson and Joe Deleault (keyboards in MSM's band) but is recognizable a song that Sam has made his own. Furthermore, he will have a cameo in the film, singing it! To top it of, Sam has recorded another CD-ready to go, called "Too Much Jesus (Not Enough Whiskey)" and the next music in the works. Pat Herlehy (Sam's guitarist) and MSM have a deep connection that is producing some great music.
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