Arts on Elm Street Presents Mighty Sam McClain


The Seacoast’s own Grammy-nominated Mighty Sam McClain returns from his Norwegian tour and recording session to perform at a special night of music at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Exeter (FUUSE) on Saturday, October 25 at 7:30 PM as part of the continuing Arts on Elm Street concert series at 12 Elm Street Exeter, NH.  After his hip replacement surgeries over last winter (providing him with two new hips) the man who sings from the bottom of his soul is back! After finishing up recording sessions with Norwegian guitarist, Knut Reiersrud, Mighty Sam is excited about a new CD entitled, “Friends”. It will be released in the U.S. in summer 2015. Mighty Sam has also been involved in another recording project entitled “Freedom Songs”. The project was produced and recorded by KKV in Norway. Others on the compilation include Melissa Etheridge and the Five Blind Boys of Alabama.

During the concert at FUUSE, Mighty Sam will be performing acoustically with his guitar player/band director, Pat Herlehy and keyboard player Joe Deleault. Mighty Sam has gained recognition as an authentic voice in the genres of blues, rhythm and blues, and soul. His 2011 collaboration with Norwegian friend and guitarist, Knut Reiersrud earned the two musicians a Grammy nomination. Over the decades, Mighty Sam has continued to wow audiences with his powerful and soulful voice and his messages of peace, love, joy, and gratitude. Last year, Mighty Sam released two collections of music, “Too Much Jesus (Not Enough Whiskey)”, and “A Deeper Tone of Longing”, which is a collection of love duets with Iranian folk musician Mahsa Vahdat. Another project with Mahsa Vahdat is also in the works.

After two years in the studio, the recording project “Up from the Dust” MSM’s next release is nearly finished. This time Sam has also done his own backup vocals – the wonders of technology!! Two other finished projects “Undiscovered – Diamond in the Rough” and “Live in New Orleans -2013” are both awaiting release.

Opening for Mighty Sam McClain are the Chicago blues influenced The Peacemongers featuring vocalist Barbara Benham and Wayne Benham on harmonica. As part of Wayne Benham’s musical career, he made it to the finals in the Boston Battle of the Bands 2013 competition as the harp player for TC and the Benders.
Suggested donation for the concert is $25 for adults/$20 for seniors and children under 12. Tickets will be available at Exeter Music and The Water Street Bookstore or at the door.  For more information, phone: 642-4648 or e-mail:

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