Too Much Jesus (Not Enough Whiskey)

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All Music Guide - J. Poet
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - J. Poet
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/18/2012
  • Label: Mighty Music
  • UPC: 700261362342
  • Catalog Number: 103
  • Sales rank: 71,082

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Wish You Well (3:22)
  2. 2 Missing You (3:42)
  3. 3 Can You Feel It? (3:16)
  4. 4 Feel So Good - Feel So Right (3:45)
  5. 5 Tears (3:39)
  6. 6 Stand Up! (2:45)
  7. 7 Real Thing (3:07)
  8. 8 Use Me (4:03)
  9. 9 Rock My Soul (3:45)
  10. 10 Hey Baby (3:25)
  11. 11 So Into You (3:36)
  12. 12 Wake Up Call (3:42)
  13. 13 Too Much Jesus (Not Enough Whiskey) (3:38)
  14. 14 Dance (2:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mighty Sam McClain Primary Artist
Russell Jewell Trombone
Scott Shetler Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Sam McClain Vocals
Rick Page Drums
Concetta Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Grayson Farmer Trumpet
Pat Herlehy Flute, Guitar, Percussion, Strings, Tenor Saxophone, Clavinet, Hammond B3
Joe Deleault Organ, Piano, fender rhodes
Chad Owen Bass
Technical Credits
Scott Shetler Horn Arrangements
Allen Toussaint Composer
Sam McClain Composer
Ted Drozdowski Liner Notes
G.P. Producer
Pat Herlehy Arranger, Composer, Horn Arrangements
S.M. Producer
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