Mahsa Vahdat & Mighty Sam McClain
Scent of Reunion: Love Duets Across Civilizations
A mighty American soul blues master, Mighty Sam McClain, and a lioness of Persian music, Mahsa Vahdat, meet Erik Hillestad, the same Norwegian producer and poet behind “Lullabies from the Axis of Evil”, to create a beautiful album of love duets that gracefully intertwine two different languages, cultures and musical styles.
Mahsa Vahdat was first introduced to America through the compilation “Lullabies from the Axis of Evil” and drew attention for her 2007 album with sister Marjan, “Songs from a Persian Garden”. The album was recorded live at a concert in Tehran, Iran where the sisters performed without veils and bravely chose to use their music as a weapon against the oppression of women in their country. Mahsa’s courage and bold resistance earned her the 2010 Freemuse Award.
Mighty Sam McClain’s story is the stuff of legends. At five years old while he was singing in his mother’s Gospel church, he realized what his life’s work would be. Sam left home at thirteen to escape an abusive father and began working his way into music. After many turbulent years that included menial jobs and being homeless, Sam found a successful career including a handful of records with Sledgehammer Blues (ne’ AudioQuest Music), a Grammy Award nomination and he is currently nominated for a Blues Music Award from The Blues Foundation.
Check out this great video of Mahsa and Mighty Sam recording “Silent Song”