Delbert McClinton - 8/9/17Wednesday, August 09 2017 6:00 PM Doors / 8:00 PM Start
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at City Winery Chicago
Celebrated three-time Grammy award winner Delbert McClinton and Self-Made Men released their newest recording, Prick Of The Litter on January 27th, 2017. Prick Of The Litter contains 12 new songs that feature the soulful blend of blues, jazz, country and rock that has become synonymous with McClinton’s distinctive style. His songs and soul-stirring performances have connected with audiences across the country as well as his peers. Throughout the decades, McClinton has ridden the wave of major label success, penned songs that have been cut by successful country and blues artists, collaborated with artists ranging from Bonnie Raitt to Tanya Tucker and continued to create relevant and distinctive music.
The songs and vibe of Prick Of The Litter reflect a jazzier side of McClinton, beautifully capturing where the revered artist is in his life and career. The theme of romance, and his signature sense of humor shine through out on songs such as "Middle Of Nowhere” and "Like Lovin' Used To Be” while on “Jones For You” McClinton describes a character giving up his vices and struggling to be a better man. The band’s use of space and groove inspired by Johnny Mercer, Nat King Cole and other crooners sets the stage for McClinton’s weathered vocal which has only gotten sweeter with time.
Prick Of The Litter was recorded with the support of McClinton’s working band, Self- Made Men who include Bob Britt (guitar), Kevin McKendree (keyboards), Mike Joyce (bass), Jack Bruno (drums) and Quentin Ware (trumpet). The chemistry of this group of musicians, the best band he’s ever had according to McClinton is on full display on this album. Prick Of The Litter was co-produced by McClinton, McKendree and Britt who also jointly contributed to co-writing over half the new songs on the album.
Considered a master among Texas music aficionados, rock artists (he gave harp lessons to a young John Lennon), blues experts, and critics alike, McClinton is highly respected, not only for the incredible longevity of his career but for his ability to meld genres into his own style. The blues and jazz laden Prick Of The Litter is another fine example of this.