Musical palate cleanser, and there was much rejoicing edition

Look who’s back.

“Roots music visionary” (Rolling Stone) Delbert McClinton returns with a swaggering and swingin’ new album, Tall, Dark & Handsome, on July 26 via Hot Shot Records/Thirty Tigers. Featuring 14 new, original new songs – all written or co-written by Delbert the album dives deep into the blues, Americana and beyond, bursting with horns, fiddle, accordion, blazing guitar work, back-up singers and McClinton’s charismatic rasp, proving Lyle Lovett’s claim that “if we could all sing like we want to, we’d all sound like Delbert McClinton.”

Honestly, I’ve lost count of how many albums that makes for him… not that it matters.  And how ’bout this as a resume?

With over 60 years of recording and touring to his credit, McClinton is a true musical zelig: he toured with the Beatles, backed Bo Diddley and Howlin’ Wolf, helped to inspire The Blues Brothers, and performed everywhere from SNL to Austin City Limits (both multiple times) along the way.

There are two pre-release singles, so here you go to start your Monday morning:


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6 responses to “Musical palate cleanser, and there was much rejoicing edition

  1. DC Weez

    Great stuff! Hope he comes to town soon.


  2. Muttley

    I remember hearing it claimed on local radio, when I was a teenager, that he taught John Lennon to play the harmonica. Never have verified or debunked that…

    I also read (maybe in “Shout!”) that Lennon shoplifted his harmonica after hearing Bruce Chanel’s “Hey, Baby”.


    • Here’s what Delbert had to say about Lennon and the harmonica:

      Now, as far as that story about him teaching Lennon how to play the harmonica, McClinton says history doesn’t really support the legend.

      It was the early ’60s and McClinton was playing England as part of the backing band for American singer Bruce Channel, who had a huge hit with Hey Baby, on which McClinton played harmonica. The Beatles were opening for Channel.

      McClinton says that Lennon already knew how to play and that he just gave him some tips.

      “These things are getting romanticized by everyone,” he says. “They [The Beatles] were just another group of guys. They hadn’t yet changed the world. [But] we were all going to change the world, every one of us. And there was no doubt about it.”

      It’s pretty cool he can claim the Beatles once opened for him.


      • Muttley

        Wow, cleared up for me after probably thirty years- thanks. I probably got that from someone on old 94Q.

        Tommy Roe, from around these parts, also had them on the bill over there…I remember him being interviewed on local TV (circa 12-80) about watching Lennon and McCartney write some of the early ones on the bus.

        As far as bands that opened for them, though, I’m betting you’ve heard the garage-style band Barry and the Remains. Great overlooked band, I think they were on that final Beatles tour in ’66 along with the Cyrcle. I just gave a collection of their stuff to a friend this past Christmas.