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Delbert McClinton

Infinity Hartford

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Sat, March 31, 2018
Hartford, CT
Show at 8 PM

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Price: $74 - $94

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GENRE

Blues / Country / Rock
Delbert McClinton

Grammy Award winning recording artist and true American Blues-Rock icon, Delbert McClinton is back with his full band and you can bet the farm, this night will be one to remember. Delbert McClinton proudly defies classifications. His music blends his Texas roots with roadhouse rock, juke-joint blues, Memphis soul and country. During his entire recording career, record labels have consistently tried to pigeonhole Delbert’s music. But if you ask the critics about Delbert’s dynamic vocals and harmonica style, you’ll hear descriptions ranging from ‘honky-tonk,’ ‘blue-eyed soul,’ and ‘Texas stomp’ to ‘country rock’ and ‘blues.’ Delbert’s music rebels against traditional categorization. Ask Delbert what kind of music he plays and he’ll say, “Fun music.”

Delbert McClinton

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Artist Bio

“I’m an acquired taste in that my kind of music’s not for little kids,” Texas singer songwriter Delbert McClinton says. “It’s adult rock ‘n’ roll. I write from the sensibility of the people I knew growing up, and I grew up with all the heathens, the people who went too far before they changed and tried to make something out of their lives. There are a lot of beautiful colors and sad stories and much-deserved joy in that.”

Delbert was born in Lubbock, Texas, United States, but relocated with his family to Fort Worth, Texas when he was age 11. He was soon working in a bar band, The Straitjackets, who backed, among others, Sonny Boy Williamson II, Howlin' Wolf, Lightnin' Hopkins, and Jimmy Reed. After recording several regional singles, he finally hit the national chart in 1962 playing harmonica on Bruce Channel's "Hey! Baby." On a subsequent package tour to the United Kingdom, he instructed John Lennon on the finer points of blues harmonica playing.

Relocating to Los Angeles in 1972, Delbert partnered with fellow Texan, Glen Clark, to perform a combination of country and soul music. They achieved a degree of artistic success, releasing two albums before he embarked on a solo career. Emmylou Harris had a No. 1 hit in 1978 with McClinton's composition "Two More Bottles of Wine," and his "B Movie Boxcar Blues" was covered on the first The Blues Brothers album, Briefcase Full of Blues.

In 1980 the album, The Jealous Kind, contained the Top 10 Billboard charting hit single, "Givin' It Up for Your Love”. After extensive touring and on the brink of exhaustion, he came off the road and remained inactive for the next couple of years. Delbert returned in 1989 with the Live From Austin album, recorded during an Austin City Limits appearance.

In 1991 Delbert received his first Grammy Award for the duet with Bonnie Raitt, "Good Man, Good Woman". Following the songs success, he recorded “Tell Me About It” with Tanya Tucker and this song hit Top 5 of the Country chart. McClinton later recorded the opening title song "Weatherman" for the Bill Murray film Groundhog Day. The fledgling label Rising Tide added the song to the album “One of the Fortunate Few” but went out of business before being able to properly promote the record.

In addition to releasing two new studio albums in the early 2000s, New West Records issued Delbert McClinton Live in 2003, a compilation album of songs from throughout his career. In 2006, he won another Grammy Award for his album The Cost of Living in the Best Contemporary Blues Album category.

On the motion picture side of Delbert’s career, in addition to cameo rolls in many films, he’s the featured Artist in the musical documentary, Rocking the Boat: A Musical Conversation and Journey, by the film maker Jay Curlee.


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