Mighty Sam Mcclain Too Much Jesus (Not Enough Whiskey)

Mighty Sam Mcclain Too Much Jesus (Not Enough Whiskey)
With the passing of Solomon Burke, the ranks of veteran soul/blues singers keep shrinking, but Mighty Sam McClain is one artist helping to keep the flame burning brightly. He's in fine form here, displaying a signature sound that seamlessly fuses soul and blues with a distinct gospel feel on some cuts. McClain co-wrote all the songs with multi-instrumentalist/producer Pat Herlehey, save for "Real Thing," a co-write with the great Allen Toussaint, and a sweet album highlight. Herlehey and McClain have collaborated for the past 17 years and that empathy is evident. A seven-piece band (including a horn section) make for a full sound, with McClain's rich vocals always front and centre. There's warmth and compassion in opener "I Wish You Well" and palpable pain in "Missing You," while "Rock My Soul" is a funky celebration of true love. McClain is equally convincing in conveying all the different emotions on display here. This is mighty fine. (Mighty)