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Remembering the Mighty Sam McClain: Ted Drozdowski, Part 2

Mighty Sam McClain Remembering the Mighty Sam McClain

Remembering the Mighty Sam McClain: Ted Drozdowski, Part 2

"To have had the immense honor of Sam lending his voice to my song 'Let's Go to Memphis' is incalculable to me. It's is such a profound gift. When I wrote it, Sam's voice was the only one I could hear singing it.  I only wish I would have had more time to pay him back for bringing the sound to life." - Ted DrozdowskiTed leads American roots band Scissormen and is senior editor at Premier Guitar.Follow on Facebook, Twitter and their official website. Hear Ted Drozdowski's Scissormen featuring Mighty Sam on 'Let's Go to Memphis' on the Remembering the...

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Remembering the Mighty Sam McClain: Mahsa Vahdat

Mahsa Vahdat Mighty Sam McClain Remembering the Mighty Sam McClain

Remembering the Mighty Sam McClain: Mahsa Vahdat

"He is always in my heart and mind.  It is so amazing that in Iran people still are so thankful for his songs and listen and listen and send me wonderful message about the cooperation we had.The first song I heard from Sam was “Why Do We Have to Say Goodbye“ and his voice captivated my heart.  I could feel the glow in his voice.  My favorite song that we cooperated on is “A Deeper Tone of Longing".   Whenever I miss him too much, I play this song.  Of course I have more like “Meditating Over a Photo” – but...

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Remembering the Mighty Sam McClain: Bill Wasserzieher

Mighty Sam McClain Remembering the Mighty Sam McClain

Remembering the Mighty Sam McClain: Bill Wasserzieher

"I have come to know many musicians over the last 30 years. Some have been happy about their lives, if not their careers. Some vice-versa. Others have been bitter about both. Mighty Sam was grateful for both. He had found much joy in his music and his life. Even his early hand-to-mouth days, when he slept rough on the banks of the Mississippi River, taught him how to appreciate the good things that eventually came his way. As he sang in one of his songs, “I’m living in my dreams, as thankful as a man can be.” And that was...

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Remembering the Mighty Sam McClain: Ted Drozdowski

Mighty Sam McClain Remembering the Mighty Sam McClain

Remembering the Mighty Sam McClain: Ted Drozdowski

"I've spent much of my life deeply studying the work of American roots artists, and I know Sam's voice was a national treasure—an instrument on par with those of Sam Cooke, Solomon Burke or his hero, Bobby Bland. He was grossly unappreciated during this lifetime, and yet his voice and songs will continue to be a beacon for everyone lucky enough to discover them. And unlike most roots artists, Sam continued to grow throughout his entire career—exploring new themes, pushing ahead into genres he'd not explored, and bringing his mastery to all of it right to the end of life....

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Remembering the Mighty Sam McClain: Joe Harley

Mighty Sam McClain Remembering the Mighty Sam McClain

Remembering the Mighty Sam McClain: Joe Harley

"In early 1992 I was sent a cassette tape by the great Hammond B-3 player Bruce Katz. My record label (AudioQuest Music… now known as Sledgehammer Blues) was in its infancy then with only 13 or 14 releases at that point.

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