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Payin' Dues: Mighty Sam McClain & Knut Reiersrud

A 72-year-old Louisiana legend plus a Norwegian guitarist equals genius

Mighty Sam McClain sadly passed away on June 15 this year. Luckily his voice, equal parts blues, soul and the church, was captured by Norwegian guitarist Knut Reiersrud on Tears Of The World, their second collaboration. “To me Sam McClain was the strongest voice in gospel-rooted soul and blues since Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland,” says Reiersrud. “I’ve worked with a lot of great singers from many parts of the world, but Sam’s singing took me to places no one else could.”


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