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RIP Mighty Sam McClain

Mighty Sam and SandraBy now most of you probably have heard that our friend Mighty Sam McClain has passed away. He had been sick for a while and the reports that I was getting certainly indicated that he wasn’t going to get better.

If you ever checked out his music, you already know what I did. He was the BEST living Soul Singer.....PERIOD. I suppose that now I won’t be able to make that statement anymore.

More importantly for me than his music, Sam was an inspiration for me. He was a friend and a mentor. I can’t really explain just why or how it happened, but I am certainly a better person because it did.

If Sam were alive and well tonight he would have called me up to discuss the domestic terrorism in Charleston South Carolina today.

Of course Sam was a big believer in the concept ofSoul-Patrol. As a person who had been used and abused by the music industry, hedug the whole idea of an independent musical entity what was 100 percent ownedby black folks. He was just like a little kid, whenever someone would come upto him at a concert or he would get an email from someone, who had heard of hismusic via Soul-Patrol. Especially if that person was a Black American. That’sbecause more than anything else, Sam wanted his music to be enjoyed by his ownpeople and I was proud to assist him in that goal.

But perhaps more importantly than his belief in the concept of Soul-Patrol was his belief in Bob Davis as a human being. Sam wasn’t justimpressed by me because of what I did on the internet, or because of any radio shows or reviews that I did. He was impressed with me as a person and for that I can only thank him for his friendship.

The very first time I met him in person was at a dive bluesbar in Manhattan. I had arrived at the show late, just kinda stood in the back and grooved to the music. When the show ended, instead of going backstage, he came over to me, introduced himself to me and gave me a big hug.

Of course I hugged him back and I asked him; “how did you know it was me?”

--Sam said; “Cuz you are the only other Black person in here besides me...”
--I looked around and saw that he was correct; and we both started laughing.

I will miss Sam a lot. Check out his website: http://www.mightysam.com

My prayers go out to his lovely wife Sandra (pictured with Sam to your left, from the 2004 Soul-Patrol Convention) and the rest of Sam’s family & friends.

I invite you to scroll down and check out some of our reviews, profiles and internet radio shows we have done on Sam over the years.

Bob Davis - CEO Soul-Patrol
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--Bob Davis
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NEW RELEASE - Mighty Sam McClain - Betcha Didnt Know

NEW RELEASE - Mighty Sam McClain - Betcha Didnt Know

"He is an amazingly powerful singer. His voice will touch your heart, no matter how hard your heart might just happen to be. Mighty Sam's got a message in his music. Take a listen to it, and you may just find that you might learn a thing or two about your own inner self...."--Bob Davis


For more info, check it out here: NEW RELEASE - Mighty Sam McClain - Betcha Didnt Know


Mighty Sam McClain - Betcha Didnt Know That on Soul-Patrol Radio. (The lastest album from "The Worlds Best Living Soul Singer" ...Hosted by "nightrain" w/intro by Clarence Clemmons

Welcome To The Soul-Patrol Newsletter

One of my favorite artists PERIOD...(He's The Worlds Best Living Soul Singer)

PRESS RELEASE: Mighty Sam McClain Update

PRESS RELEASE: Mighty Sam McClain UpdateAs you all know, I send out a LOT of Press releases. Few give me as much pleasure as sending one out on behalf of our friend Mighty Sam McClain. Of course you have heard me refer to him many times over as "the best living soul singer", so obviously I am biased.

If you have a moment today, do me (and yourself) a fava and stop off at his site and just look a the legacy of GREAT soul music that he has created during a period of time when all of the 'black music experts" in the mainstream keep telling us that there is no great soul music. www.mightysam.com

Stay tuned, we got a whole lot more MIGHTY SAM coming...

Mighty Sam will be releasing his first CD since 2003. "Betcha Didn't Know" will be released in the US and Europe in July 2009. It will be released on the Mighty Music label and distributed by City Hall Records. This is an upbeat CD, perfect for today's market. It is a different MSM sound, with his signature "Mighty Horns" but, with a bit more Funk & Soul and Hip-Hop for a more contemporary audience.

In recent years, he has been involved in community works and benefit projects as well as songwriting in the interim. His latest released project Is "Give US Your Poor" a serious compilation of major recording artists (Pete Segar, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, Sweet Honey and the Rock, Natalie Merchant and others) He performed on a track with Natalie Merchant and wrote and recorded, "Show Me The Way" with Jon Bon Jovi. The proceeds from this project will benefit the national initiative to raise awareness about homelessness in the US called Give US Your Poor.

His songwriting has led to the CD "Too Much Jesus (Not Enough Whiskey), which was completed and recorded in 2007-2008. It is unreleased as yet but songs from it can be heard at www.mightysam.com. The title has aroused much controversy. Listen to the song to see what you think! He continues to collaborate with his guitar player, Pat Herlehy and a new project is almost ready to record.

Last August, MSM singed a contract with 20th Century Fox for the video rights to his song "New Man In Town" which appeared in 12 episodes of the Ally McBeal Show. It is now available in video around the world!

Mighty Sam also has signed a contract for an exciting project to be recorded in June with Norwegian producer Erik Hillestad at CedarHouse Sound and Recording in Sutton, NH, where Sam has been recording for years. The collection of duets will be sung by MSM and Iranian pop sensation Mahsa Vahdat. The CD, "Love Duets Across Civilizations" will be released in the US, Europe and the Middle East in the fall.

The story behind the delayed release of "Betcha Didn't Know" is good press, indicative of the state of the industry. For press interest or booking contact: sam@mightysam.com / www.mightysam.com .

In this issue of the Soul-Patrol Newsletter be sure and not only visit Mighty Sam's website (http://www.mightysam.com) but also to listen to Soul-Patrol's special Internet Radio Broadcast featuring Mighty Sam introduced by the legendary Clarence Clemons (of the E-Street Band) and hosted by "nightrain" at the following link: http://www.soul-patrol.net/mightysam.ram

And of course after you check all of this out, let us know what cha think...

Thanks in advance...

--Bob Davis
609-351-0154
earthjuice@prodigy.net



Mighty Sam McClain - Betcha Didnt Know That on Soul-Patrol Radio. (The lastest album from "The Worlds Best Living Soul Singer" ...Hosted by "nightrain" w/intro by Clarence Clemmons

ALBUM REVIEW: Mighty Sam McClain - Betcha Didn't Know

PRESS RELEASE: Mighty Sam McClain UpdateI was introduced to Mighty Sam's music on Soul Patrol many years ago. I had the pleasure of meeting Mighty Sam and his wife a few years ago, along with a few of my SP friends from Chicago. (and he's a very nice person)

He has a new CD out entitled "Betcha Didn't Know". 13 tracks that I'm sure you will enjoy.

What I like about Mighty Sam's music is that it's real, and he uses a real band. (no keyboards, drum machines, etc; REAL MUSICIANS and a kick ass horn section!) Plus, Mighty Sam sounds like he's having a great time in the studio.

From the opening track "I Can't Stop The Funk", is exactly what the title of the song says. A nice funky groove that will get you on your feet dancin'.

--"Lift Me Up" is another funk burner
--"Never Go Away" is a nice slow tempo ballard
--"Betcha Didn't Know" is the title track of the CD, with a smooth jazzy number with a stepper's groove, that us Chicagoans would enjoy.
--"What You Want Me To Do" a nice bluesy number
--"Things Ain't What They Used To Be" another bluesy medium tempo groove
--"Just Wanna Be" a slow blues number with a country feel
--"Free" another stepper's groove, with a slowed down bassline, reminding me of Grover Washington Jr's "Mr. Magic"
--"Funky Love" a uptempo funky groove
--"Hold On To Your Dreams" a slow bluesy number
--"Be Ready" the closing track of the CD, with an up-tempo bluesy shuffle with a gospel message. A great way to close out the CD.

13 tracks total, and it's great hearing some new music from Mr. Mighty Sam McCain. Hopefully this CD will not only find it's way into your hands, but perhaps on the playlist of some radio stations, as well. It's a fun CD, and would love to see Mighty Sam get his just do. BUY IT!

--Gary Tyson




Mighty Sam McClain - Betcha Didnt Know That on Soul-Patrol Radio. (The lastest album from "The Worlds Best Living Soul Singer" ...Hosted by "nightrain" w/intro by Clarence Clemmons

PROFILE: Who Is 'Mighty' Sam McClain?

PROFILE: Who Is Mighty Sam McClain? The following profile of Mighty Sam was written by a young lady from Louisiana named Amelia Feathers, who passed away a few years ago. Ameila was a good friend of Soul-Patrol's who truly loved Mighty Sam and his music. I think that after you read this profile you will understand why...

Mighty Sam McClain has lived the blues he sings about, however he didn't let his past hard times eclipse his musical aspirations. He overcame the dark times of childhood abuse, adult alcoholism and homelessness without accepting hopelessness. He trusted in God, himself and his natural singing gift to protect him from sinking permanently into an eternal hellhole.

McClain's gospel blues singing style was his comforter in troubling times and is again showcased on his second CD with theTelarc label, 'Sweet Dreams'. This is reaching into his past for his 'first hit', the Patsy Cline 's classic. 'Here I Come Again ' is the first cut, and McClain is coming again with his music to deliver to listeners his trademark style of singing--the gospel truth. 'Sweet Dreams',scheduled for release in June will be a mixture of his preach teaching and soulful blues. The new CD is coming right off the successful year McClain had with his last collection, 'Blues For the Soul.' The new song collection will also piggyback on the success of the mainstream acceptance of his tune, 'New Man In Town,' which was featured last season on the popular television series 'Ally McBeal.

The song 'Here I Come Again,' could be McClain's epitaph. He didn't succumb to failure because each time life's experiences almost sucked him into the abyss; McClain proved through faith he is a soul survivor.
'I've had to sleep outdoors and eat out of garbage cans, but it took all of that to make me who I am and what I'm trying to be,' McClain said. He is God's servant. And since God's gift to McClain is a singing voice, he is serving the Lord through song.

Born in Winnsboro, La., 'right up the road from Monroe,' Mighty Sam was a boy when he joined a church gospel group. The group would sing soul-stirring gospel songs filled with so much of God's spirit until women in the church feinted. Little Mighty Sam McClain was afraid of dead people. He thought those feinting women had died. His fear of the dead silenced his voice. Once the boy learned singing made him feel like he was somebody, which was contrary to what an abusive stepfather tried to make him believe.

Before he left home at age 13, McClain was told repeatedly he was nothing and wouldn't ever amount to anything by his stepfather. McClain somehow put his faith in God, then he was able to declare himself independent and left home.

'I had to get away from that negative crap my stepfather was telling me before it destroyed me,' McClain said. 'Singing made me worth something so I left home at a very young age. That's when I started to realize my voice was God's gift. Since leaving home I've been music journey.'

McClain traveled the chitlin' circuit with musician Little Melvin Underwood, who became his music mentor. The young teenager was promoted from Underwood's valet to lead vocalist in the band. They traveled to Florida in 1963. Back then he was known as Good Rocking Sam. A promoter introduced McClain to a Pensacola audience and instead of calling him Good Rocking Sam, he said, Mighty Sam. A mistake probably made by the promoter after hearing the young man sing.

In 1966, during a performance in Pensacola, Florida producer and disc jockey 'Papa' Don Schroeder was in the audience, recognized his singing ability and got him into the studio initially to record a song called 'Georgia Pines' . While in the studio, an Amy Records representative, along with Spooner & Oldham, convinced him to record Patsy Cline's 'Sweet Dreams.'

Soon after, McClain had some successes after the first record. He then recorded at Muscle Shoals, which resulted in the 45s 'Fannie May' and 'In the Same Old Way.' He performed at the Apollo Theater, but those successes turned out to be premature. McClain somehow fell hard and fast and ended up living on park benches, digging for food in the garbage and selling plasma for money.

At this time, McClain said he didn't stop singing, but these were unpaid engagements in the streets of Nashville and New Orleans. Concerts on the street didn't garner him good reviews as he constantly gets now.

Nevertheless, he continued to sing. For 15 years McClain's professional career was transformed from riches to rags. There were times he was homeless, however he didn't become hopeless.

In 1989, McClain's faith remained intact so when The Neville Brothers befriended him and offered McClain some work he was ready to go. That year he was unexpectedly contacted for a tour to Japan which included a live recording. 'Live In Japan' featuring Wayne Bennett ( former guitar player for Bobby 'Blue' Bland) proved to be a jump start for his career.
From that tour McClain networked his way to New England with his association with the Hubert Sumlin Blues Party project. That project was produced by Hammond Scott with Black Top records. McClain met producer Joe Harley, record producer with Audio Quest Music label, during this time. A mutual friend, pianist, Bruce Katz, suggested that McClain send a demo tape to Joe. They have since recorded three albums on the Audio Quest label with Harley's production. The albums are titled, 'Give It Up To Love' 'Blues Master' and 'Keep On Movin'.'

McClain was living his musical dream now. More recordings were released, 'Sledgehammer Soul,' 'Down Home Blues,' and 'Journey.' 'Joy and Pain - Live in Europe,' was a Cross Cut label release in 1998. His final recording with Audio Quest was 'Soul Survivor - The Best of Mighty Sam McClain.'
PROFILE: Who Is Mighty Sam McClain? In between recording McClain also started his own management and publishing companies. McClain Management and Emily's Son Publishing 'is dedicated to maintaining the integrity and individuality of artist on its roster. McClain became tired of booking agents, managers and being surrounded by people telling him he couldn't do something.

'I didn't take that from my stepfather too long. I took it far too long from the people that were supposedly managing my affairs. So, when I fired all of those people I know they thought I was crazy. They only thought of me as a blues singer,' McClain said. 'Years ago I never talked to a record company president, but I do now. It's good to be in control as much as God allows me control.'

Wife, Sandra and daughter, Jennifer, head McClain Management.

About the same time he was taking more control of his management, he also hired a seven-piece band with a funky horn section to spice the live and recorded performances even more.

Just as his career was getting really hot a call from David E. Kelley made McClain's music an even hotter property. Kelley called McClain to request the use of his song, 'New Man In Town.' McClain negotiated the deal himself. The song was used in 11 episodes. 'The 'Ally McBeal' television show put some nice change in my pocket, although I was surprised they chose the song, 'New Man In Town. That particular song is about Jesus - Jesus is the new man in town I'm talking about,' he said.

Not only is he receiving financial rewards McClain has gotten critical acclaim. He has been nominated for Grammy and W.C. Handy awards, winning the latter honor.

McClain thinks his songwriting and singing has become better with time. He is anxious for listeners to hear what he's feeling about his music. His new CD will have some songs he's wanted to record that he didn't write himself.

He did a new updated version of 'Sweet Dreams,' the first song he recorded in 1966. He also recorded 'Respect Yourself,' a hit song for the Staples Singers.
'After I came home from recording 'Respect Yourself' I heard Pop Staples had died. I was touched that God put it in my heart to record that song,' McClain explained. 'I think the way that recording coming about was a way for God to tell me to continue to pay attention.'

He is paying attention to God and other artists also. McClain wants to collaborate with other artists in the near future. He was recently told Stevie Wonder is an admirer of his talents. For McClain the admiration is mutual. One song he wrote in 1978 he composed thinking he would want Wonder to sing..

'It is quite gratifying I will have a chance to meet this brother and I am terribly excited about it,' McClain said about Wonder. Another project McClain is calling a 'dream come true' is the possibility he will do some work with Bobby Blue Bland.

McClain who will be 58, April 15, said though he is his own man in the music business, he isn't in his personal life. 'God is the director of my life and I'm his number one fan. I follow God's orders,' McClain said.

For the upcoming release McClain said it's some of his best work. However he believes his songs are like his children. He admits at one time under different management his songs weren't going to the 'right schools.'
However, since God has become 'The Other Man in The Band,' one of McClain's new compositions, his songs are on the right track. Sure he thinks about the past pain. As a young boy he felt unloved, nevertheless, he has songs on the latest CD it took him 20 years to write. He writes songs to help right the wrongs.

McClain is no longer without a home. He is modest about the resurgence in his career but is very appreciative he is able to sing and serve God with the gift he was given.
'I don't have a lot of money, but I'm as rich as a man can be because God in my life makes me a millionaire,' he said. 'I've had it bad, but now I'm good and I wake up every morning thanking God for my life.'

-- Amelia Feathers



NEW RELEASE - Mighty Sam McClain - Betcha Didnt Know That

NEW RELEASE - Mighty Sam McClain - Betcha Didnt Know That

"He is an amazingly powerful singer. His voice will touch your heart, no matter how hard your heart might just happen to be. Mighty Sam's got a message in his music. Take a listen to it, and you may just find that you might learn a thing or two about your own inner self...."--Bob Davis


For more info, check it out here: NEW RELEASE - Mighty Sam McClain - Betcha Didnt Know That


Mighty Sam McClain - Betcha Didnt Know That on Soul-Patrol Radio. (The lastest album from "The Worlds Best Living Soul Singer" ...Hosted by "nightrain" w/intro by Clarence Clemmons



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