Delbert McClinton review….July 25, 2019…..

DELBERT MCCLINTON

AN on the D SELF-MADE MEN PLUS DANA

TALL DARK AND HANDSOME

HOT SHOT RECORDS

MR. SMITH–IF I HOCK MY GUITAR–NO CHICKEN ON THE BONE–LET’S GET DOWN LIKE WE USED TO–GONE TO MEXICO–LULU–LOUD MOUTH–DOWN IN THE MOUTH–RUBY AND JULES–ANY OTHER WAY–A FOOL LIKE ME–CAN’T GET UP–TEMPORARILY INSANE–A POEM

It is an incredible honor, pleasure, and privilege to offer this review for one of our favorite artists of all time, Delbert McClinton.  The three-time Grammy winner is back with his latest collection, entitled, “Tall, Dark, And Handsome,” for Hot Shot Records.  It was recorded at piano man Kevin McKendree’s Rock House in Franklin, TN, and the whole shootin’ match was co-produced by Delbert, Kevin, and our neighbor down the block, guitarist Bob Britt.

The fourteen cuts were all written or co-written by Delbert, and all embody his spirit of always lettin the good times roll. Witness the leadoff cut, one of our favorites, a Kansas City-styled, horn-fueled shouter called “Mr. Smith is back in town!”  Dana Robbins is all over the sax, and so is Quentin Ware on trumpet!  Next up, our hero is in a quandary, as he’s down on his luck, but, “If I Hock My Guitar, how in the Hell can I play my blues?”  A strong Latin beat drives the tale of our man who’s wanting to “get away from the telephone,” chuck it all, and be “Gone To Mexico!”  Kevin’s piano and the horns have a lotta fun with this one, too.  “Loud Mouth” is one of those butt-rockin’ shuffles Delbert has been playing for years, and our other favorite was another good-timer, as Delbert tells a long-time lover to turn off the phones and TV, and “Let’s Get Down Like We Used To!”

The set closes on a couple of unusual notes.  “Temporarily Insane” is set over a thunderstorm-in-progress, and finds Delbert delving into the darker corners of his psyche’, while “A Poem” is a short shout-out to pure acoustic Delta blues!

From “Genuine Cowhide” back in the Seventies, to “Tall, Dark, And Handsome,” today, it’s been a damn-near 45-year ride for us as fans of “The Godfather Of Americana,” Delbert McClinton.  This set is another addition to his incredible legacy, and, Delbert, we love you, man!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance.

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