I am privileged to have been invited to cover A Mighty Love: A Tribute to Mighty Sam McClain, which was a tribute to the late great soul/blues/rhythm and blues singer who died six months ago. The all-star cast of musicians paid loving tribute to a man they called friend, mentor, and – in the case of Sandra McClain – husband. In addition, this was a benefit for charities seeking to end homelessness, a cause near and dear to Mighty Sam’s heart.
I had not seen Mighty Sam perform in a number of years (fifteen or so), so I especially loved the montage playing on the screen behind the stage as I entered the Regent Theatre. Mighty Sam was singing ‘Amazing Grace’ which brought a tear to my eyes. Bob Teague sat at a corner of the stage, playing guitar during the montage.
Mighty Sam McClain was a tremendous force on the Boston music scene who sadly passed away earlier this year. On Saturday, November 28th, there is a memorial concert for him at the Regent Theatre in Arlington that will benefit homelessness. You know you have nothing better to do that night!
What follows is a piece written by John McGah, the founder and executive director of Give US Your Poor: The Campaign to End Homelessness. John knew Sam’s story well.