Windstorm Productions presents
Delbert McClinton CD Release Show!
Sat, January 28, 2017
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pmVariety Playhouse
$35.50 Advance, $38 Day of Show
This event is all ageshttp://www.variety-playhouse.com/event/1340719/
Lyle Lovett has said, “If we could all sing like we wanted to, we’d all sing like Delbert.”
The multi-Grammy Award winning artist is at the top of his game with his 19th studio album, Prick Of The Litter (Hot Shot Records/Thirty Tigers). The new offering captures the balance of soulful energy and restraint that the legendary performer has been delivering in his live performances for decades all over the world. On Prick of the Litter, Delbert incorporates a variety of styles, and as always, just enough to keep him comfortably outside the traditional marketing categories.
Prick Of The Litter blends Delbert’s signature rhythm and blues sound with a newer jazz-influence inspired by Johnny Mercer, Nat King Cole and other legendary crooners. He includes some upbeat traditional blues (“Don’t Do It”) with a romantic take on Tony Bennett’s San Francisco (“San Miguel”) while “Skip Chaser” paints a vivid picture of the perils of the profession. A highlight is the album’s closer, the gentle and hopeful “Rosy.” McClinton’s road band, Self-Made Men provide a hard-driving rhythm section, powerful guitars and innovative piano, accented by punched-up horns. Delbert’s definitive vocals and distinct harmonica licks bring it all together.
Delbert McClinton has been a leading Americana artist since before the genre was established. He has won two Grammy awards in the blues category for Best Contemporary Blues Album; and one in the rock category (Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group), with Bonnie Raitt for “Good Man, Good Woman”.
Delbert’s unique musical style grew from his Texas music beginnings. Influenced at a young age by Tejano, Western Swing, Rhythm and Blues and War songs, he developed a signature sound that served him well.
Delbert grew up around Lubbock and Fort Worth, and spent his early career in the desegregating roadhouses of Fort Worth’s Jacksboro Highway, leading the house bands for Jimmy Reed, Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, and others, while making a local name for himself. Later, Delbert traveled to England where he headlined shows with Bruce Channel (“Hey Baby”) with a little-known Liverpool band [The Beatles] as the opening act. He then rolled into Los Angeles as songwriters began to take top billing, and headed back to Texas for the progressive movement and blues renaissance that helped kick off Austin’s role in American musical history.
If you’ve seen a live Delbert McClinton show, you will recognize the synchronized energy on Prick Of The Litter that comes from thousands of miles of playing together. Delbert feels that his current road band, Self-Made Men, is the best band he’s ever had.
“Jack Bruno [drums] is amazing. He played with Joe Cocker and with Tina Turner for years. I’ve been harder on drummers than anybody in the world, but Jack is right there where I need him. Dana Robbins [saxophone] and Quentin ‘Q’ Ware [trumpet] punctuate the live performances in just the right places. James Pennebaker [guitar] is family. He’s been playing with me off and on since he was nineteen. Mike Joyce [bass guitar], Kevin McKendree [piano], and Bob Britt [guitar] are among my best friends, in addition to being in the band. Mike and Kevin and I write together a lot. We wrote most of the songs on this album together.”
Delbert, Kevin and Bob also co-produced Prick Of The Litter. “Going into the studio with a band that’s like family creates real magic,” says Delbert. “You have the energy of a live band. We feed off of each other. We are better together. And it always feels like they have my back.” Jimmie Vaughan and Lou Ann Barton are an added bonus on the first track. Delbert adds “I am such a fan of Lou Ann and of Jimmie. We needed a female to do a part on ‘Don’t Do It.’ Bob suggested Lou Ann, and I knew she would be perfect. I have always loved Jimmie and Lou Ann. I had talked to Jimmie about doing something on my last album but it didn’t work out. So this time, we went to Austin and they both came into the studio. We spent about two hours and had a lot of fun. They are both so talented.”
Delbert wrote or co-wrote ten of the songs on the album. “By the time we wrote these songs, Mike, Bob and Kevin had been in my band for a long time,” says Delbert. “We got together every Wednesday for several weeks, and then we went to Mexico and finished writing the rest of the album.”
2017 is a milestone year for Delbert. In addition to the release of Prick Of The Litter, a biography is slated for release in September. He has also been nominated for Texas State Musician, a highly acclaimed state appointment akin to poet laureate.
Prick of the Litter is a signature project for Delbert McClinton, and he is proud of it. “We worked hard on this and we got exactly what we wanted,” he says. “The songs, the band, the production. Everything came together. We didn’t leave no chicken on the bone,” he says.
“I did what I came to do with this album. I guess I really am One of the Fortunate Few.”
Etta’s 2012 release, “Out of The Shadows,” which she calls a "cool groove record,” attracted critical acclaim picking up over 200 radio stations around the world. It earned her an appearance on “The Today Show,” and drew opening slots for Delbert McClinton and Paul Thorn. With the new release, Etta continues to stake her claim as one of the most versatile singers working today
The Early Years
It all started with a hairbrush. As a youngster, Etta Britt (born Melissa Prewitt) would spend hours at her bedroom mirror, belting out Supremes songs into her Stanley hairbrush. Today the seasoned veteran is forging a recording and performing career of her own after touring with and backing up some of the top names in the business.
Born in Lancaster, Kentucky, a town of 3,500 south of Lexington, Melissa first became Etta at age 11, thanks to her little sister. "She called me Etta and I called her Myrna. We don't know why. It could've been a couple of old ladies in our hometown out in the country."
In 1978, Etta – still known as Melissa -- joined Dave Rowland and Sue Powell in the country-music trio Dave & Sugar. She stayed with the trio from 1979 to 1985, during which time they received CMA Vocal Group of the Year nominations five years in a row. The group toured with Kenny Rogers, Dottie West and Conway Twitty, among many others. The experience led to TV appearances on shows from “Pop! Goes the Country” and “Solid Gold” to the “Dinah Shore Show” and “Dance Fever.”
After Dave & Sugar, she made the rounds in Nashville, playing clubs and singing on sessions with Marty Stuart, Waylon Jennings and others. During a session at Leon Russell's house, Etta’s husband, renowned guitarist Bob Britt, memorialized his wife’s stage name when he scribbled the name “Etta Britt” on a track sheet after Melissa’s sister called asking for Etta.
With two small children and not much money. Etta made a decision to put her music career on the back burner and devote herself to her family, taking jobs cleaning houses, waiting tables and selling real estate to help pay the bills. For a while anyway. . .
Out of the Shadows and Into the Limelight
Although she never totally stopped singing or gave up her dream of one day performing for a living, Etta was resolved to the fact that her time for a full-blown solo career might have come and gone. That all changed in 2010 when she was invited to sign a record deal in her early 50s.
The product of that deal, "Out of the Shadows" generated a wide range of critical acclaim. An article in the Huffington Post landed on the front page of AOL.com. That lead to Etta being featured on "The Today Show.” She spent 2012 touring with Delbert McClinton and Paul Thorn as well as touring on her own and making television and radio appearances.
Her 2014 record, “Etta Does Delbert,” builds on the very successful foundation laid by “Out of the Shadows.” “I’m excited about the release of the new record and about the idea of getting out and playing this new material around the country. I’ve had a lot of requests to get out there, and I’m working to make that happen – at festivals, clubs, and concert venues.”
She is excited about her second record and what this phase of her life will bring.
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