Stepping Up & Stepping Out

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/25/2009
  • Label: Tyscot Records
  • UPC: 014998418228
  • Catalog Number: 984182
  • Sales rank: 114,451

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Clarence Fountain Primary Artist, 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, Guitar, 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
David Glasser Mastering
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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