Betcha Didn't Know

Betcha Didn't Know

by Mighty Sam McClain


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Betcha Didn't Know

Mighty Sam McClain is a straitlaced, funky, get-down singer with his roots in blues and gutbucket soul. He's been consistent in bringing danceable rhythms to his tunes without resorting to retrospective nostalgia, yet his stance does reflect what is happening to a more commercialized version of the sound he loves. As a vocalist, his pipes bear strong resemblance to Little Milton, and to a certain extent, Bobby "Blue" Bland, while he's happy to work with a horn section and backup vocalists. McClain also wrote or co-wrote (some with wife Sandra) all of these songs with a look at retained or lost love, the basis of most blues. The self-proclaimed Funky Divas of Gospel join in for the slow, solicitous "Never Go Away" and Jesus rocker "Be Ready," but for the most part, this is good-time party music. Only the shuffle boogie "What You Want Me to Do?" in a typical Milton/Bland context, or the definitive "My Love Will Never Die," with the sax and brass sextet roaring in approval, veer away from the solid backbeat that comprises most of this album. McClain even tosses in rapper Jesse D. Lanoo, but he's hardly noticed. Fans of Sam McClain will attest to his mighty wisdom and awesome powers in the contemporary blues mode, and this recording will do nothing to convince them to the contrary.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/21/2009
Label: Mighty Music
UPC: 0826961102245
catalogNumber: 102
Rank: 84557

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mighty Sam McClain   Primary Artist,Vocals
Jim White   Vocals
Sam McClain   Vocals
Sharon Jones   Vocals
Mark Paquin   Tenor Saxophone
DJ Andy Smith   Bass Guitar
Trent Austin   Trumpet
Jim MacDougall   Keyboards,Guest Appearance
Walt Bostain   Trombone
Trish English   Vocals
Susan Ropars   Vocals
Robin Nitschelm   Vocals
Paul Culled   Vocals
Pat Herlehy   Guitar
Pamela Chatis   Vocals
Michael Sucher   Keyboards
Matt Clancy   Tenor Saxophone
Marty Marac   Trombone
Mark Paquin   Tenor Saxophone
Kathy Molloy   Vocals
Jim Macdougall   Keyboards,Vocals
Jesse D. Lannoo   Rap
Jeanie Daniels   Vocals
Jane Bergeron   Vocals
Jack Phipps   Trumpet
Donna Casey   Vocals
Carolyn Antell   Vocals
Caleb Bronz   Drums
Bonnie Coleman   Vocals
Bette Henneberry   Vocals
Barbara Whitney Dowling   Vocals

Technical Credits

Mighty Sam McClain   Audio Production
Sam McClain   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Horn Arrangements,Art Direction
Gerry Putnam   Engineer
George PapaGeorge   Composer
Sandra McClain   Composer
Pat Herlehy   Composer,Audio Production
Jesse D. Lannoo   Composer
Darryl M. Christie   Composer
Buster W. Patterson   Composer

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