Just like the title of his brand new project, Clarence Fountain is truly Stepping Up & Stepping Out. As one of the founding members and former leader of the legendary Blind Boys Of Alabama and five-time GRAMMY winner, Fountain has enjoyed a 70-year career in the music business. This album marks a new beginning for the legendary singer and the next chapter in a blessed Hall of Fame career.
Joined by Sam Butler, who also lent his vocal talent to several Blind Boys of Alabama albums, Stepping Up & Stepping Out offers that classic sound reminiscent of Fountain's extraordinary work with the Blind Boys of Alabama as evident on the gospel track "Do What The Lord Say Do." Clarence Fountain, Sam Butler and renowned producer Jim Tullio (Steve Goodman, Mavis Staples) inject a fresh take on Fountain's signature bluesy-gospel sound that is rich in traditional down-home Americana. Other standout tracks are: "Down To The River," "I Know Where I'm Going" and "Don't Let The Devil Ride." Stepping Up & Stepping Out also features special guest musician Donald Fagen of Steely Dan fame on "It's A Different World Now." As an added treat, Fagen lends his writing skills as the author of the project's liner notes! Stepping Up & Stepping Out is a testament to the goodness of God as well as Fountain's remarkable musical legacy that began in 1939. This truly momentous experience that fans worldwide of Clarence Fountain and the Blind Boys Of Alabama do not want to miss.