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This new Mighty Sam McClain CD is about what happens when someone decides to 'clean up' and change life's priorities. It is a new soul/blues release. Sam's dynamic vocals backed by a groovin' rhythm section, featuring the Mighty Horns, all part of his signature sound. The music is for all ages and appetites with soul, funk, blues, jazz and gospel all mixed together in the unique way only Mighty Sam McClain can deliver.

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Mighty Sam McClain has never been content to rest upon his considerable reputation as a soul-blues belter. He's always expanding his musical visions and even cut a world music album with Iranian singer Mahsa Vahdat, 2010's Scent of Reunion: Love Duets Across Civilizations. Here he drops a whole lot of funk and gospel into the mix for an album that'll motivate your feet even as it lifts your spirit. McClain wrote all the tunes here with longtime guitarist Pat Herlehy, and his soulful playing throughout is a perfect complement to McClain's warm, congenial vocals. They slip into a seductive Philly soul groove on two outstanding tracks: Tears, with an arrangement that brings to mind the work of Thom Bell with its simmering midtempo groove, and So Into Me, a fervent love song with a simple heartfelt lyric that McClain delivers with a down to earth passion. The band tips its hat to James Brown on Rock My Soul, with Herlehy's clattering wah-wah guitar and slick horn stabs driving the funk-heavy rhythm. I Wish You Well moves in a whole 'nother direction with its combination of R&B horns and slinky reggae keyboards. It's a generous song, wishing an ex the best and singing the praises of unselfish love. The title tune is McClain's prayer of thanksgiving for a life of sobriety and it's based on the complaint of his old friends who told him that his home had too much Jesus and not enough alcohol in evidence. It's a gentle soul ballad that McClain delivers with a winning mix of irony and righteousness. --j. poet, AllMusic.com


1. I Wish You Well
2. Missing You
3. Can You Feel It?
4. Feel So Good
5. Tears
6. Stand Up!
7. Real Thing
8. Use Me
9. Rock My Soul
10. Hey Baby
11. So Into You
12. Wake Up Call
13. Too Much Jesus (Not Enough Whiskey)
14. Dance

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 18, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mighty Music
  • ASIN: B008LC8URO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,500 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Blues411 on December 11, 2012
Format: Audio CD
So how can we NOT like anything with a title like this? More on that later, on to the music.

Deep soul, red-clay soul blues is what we got here. Listen up as the funk of `I Wish You Well' starts off this release. So funky it smells, and that smell is the real thing, Mr. McClain sings a farewell to a short-term lover, wishing them nothing but the best that life has to offer and keeping love in our hearts. Sweet background vocals by special guest Concetta makes this a deep soulful farewell that keeps the faith and bright tomorrows for both parties.

Stand up on your feet for `Can You Feel It?' With a deep funky B-3 intro by long time partner in music Pat Herlehy, it takes us deep into the feeling of revelation and submission to the Lord. There is a joy here that certainly makes one curious that if we all held this belief and acted upon it - that it would be a better place for us all.

As if a guidebook to soul, funk and R&B Sam takes us down the various roads and side streets that make up that country that runs deep thru America and the World. `Rock My Soul' is percussive and very loosely played with some fine guitar work by Mr. Herlehy and supplemented by counter pointed horn work that makes this one of the sweetest tracks on the release.

As for the title it stems from a realization that he might have bought too much Jesus and not enough whiskey to the party for some folks. For more than that I will advise you to buy this release and get soul-ified and learn the rest of the story. Yeah, those words might apply to many things as I think about it, so it can also act as a warning to us all.

Mr. McClain's songs are of the heart and soul, blessed with a deep honey and grit voice that delivers no matter what he is singing. Get this bad boy for the holidays and spread some of `the word'.

There has always been the conflict between the blues and the church, learn more at blues411.com
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Stracey on October 24, 2012
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'Too Much Jesus (Not Enough Whiskey)' cut with 14 soul-drenched originals reminds us exactly why Mighty Sam McClain is widely regarded as one the finest purveyors of soul-blues in the world today! Produced by Mighty Sam himself in collaboration with Gerry Putnam & longtime associate Pat Herlehy, 'Too Much Jesus (Not Enough Whiskey)' keeps you spellbound delivering sounds reminiscent of those heard during the golden era of soul on the Atlantic/Stax/Motown record labels. Mighty Sam McClain is one of the few original soul singers left alive who can still deliver songs straight from the well, dripping soul, blues, gospel and funk over the whole sessions with the multi-talented Pat Herlehy central to proceedings on guitar, tenor sax, flute, Hammond B-3, strings & percussion. Backing musicians who also make this outing so special are Chad Owen - bass, Rick Page - drums, Joe Deleault - piano, organ & Fender Rhodes, Scott Shetler - tenor & baritone sax, Russell Jewell - trombone, Grayson Farmer - trumpet and special guest Concetta on background vocals.

Mighty Sam McClain today defines just how soul blues should be sung and his latest album 'Too Much Jesus (Not Enough Whiskey)' is a celebration of soul music itself exuding all the emotions of love, hope, faith and redemption, that given the airplay it deserves will undoubtedly find its way into any self-respecting soul brother or soul sister's record collection.
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By Star Thrower on October 25, 2014
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Too Much Jesus (Not Enough Whiskey) is the most consistently satisfying release I've heard from Sam McClain since 1997's Sledgehammer Soul & Down Home Blues. The material is top notch, and the tracks are concise and to the point. The album production is thoroughly contemporary and modern sounding.

You don't have to be a hard core blues fan to enjoy this music. It's less blues oriented than some of his previous releases, and maybe even more satisfying? The emphasis is on the funk and groove, and the songs, without any lengthy guitar solos or instrumental breaks. 14 tracks clocking in at under 49 minutes. I discovered this album while surfing around on YouTube. As soon as I clicked on the title track, I was hooked. I played it four or five times, then I listened to a second track, Rock My Soul. I was so moved and impressed by these two songs that I decided to order the CD. I can tell you that the entire album is superb, so if you're already a fan, it's a no-brainer. If your not, give a listen to the songs mentioned above, and you'll hear what the fuss is about!
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By Champhawk on February 28, 2015
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 15, 2012
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My mistake, your service was good I'm new to Mr McClain and i believe in my review i did say i wanted more and i will purchase other selection in the near future. Thank you
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