Music Library Review of the Week

Music Library Review of the Week

Tuesday 5/21, 4:30pm

Title: Stepping Up & Stepping Out 
Artist: Clarence Fountain & Sam Butler
Genre: Gospel Blues

Clarence Fountain is a founding member of the Blind Boys of Alabama, Sam Butler has played with Keith Richards, Donald Fagen, & Joe Cocker. This CD is not really soul music, but rather music for the soul. Without being preachy, the songs tell us we’re alive, that we depend on each other, & we should give thanks. The CD starts with a syncopated folk blues “Down to The River”, then hits a Dixie Hummingbirds groove in “I Know Where We’re Going”.  “It’s a Different World Now” is a Robert Cray sounding blues song. Harder Chicago style blues can be found on “Don’t Let the Devil Ride”, then “Me & Jesus” is a toe-tapper in the great Southern gospel tradition. “Stand By Me” is reverently arranged and barely resembles the Ben E. King warhorse.  The Reggae inflected “I Shall Not Be Moved” bounces a la old Jimmy Cliff, “Do What the Lord Say Do” is back to the Dixie Hummingbirds sound. The set closes with “I Commit”, which easily could be a song for executive producer Solomon Burke. Fav Tracks: 2,6, 10

- Tom Ashburn, The Dark End of the Street