1

Delbert McClinton and the Self Made Men: Prick of the Litter

C. Michael Bailey By

Sign in to view read count
Delbert McClinton and the Self Made Men: Prick of the Litter
Delbert McClinton is from Lubbock, by way of Fort Worth Texas. I don't suspect that anyone would accuse Texas of being a "Soul" capital of anything. Isn't that Memphis, Muscle Shoals, Detroit, and Philadelphia? How can we account for who may possibly be the best white soul singer? Beginning in 1972, partnering with singer Glen Clark, McClinton began constructing his Texas brand of soul-blues. He wrote "Two More Bottles of Wine," "B-Movie Boxcar Blues, and "Every Time I Roll the Dice" and recorded definitive versions of "Lipstick Traces (on a Cigarette)," "Shaky Ground," and "I've Got Dreams to Remember." His voice is full of East Texas dust and Lucky Strikes. And, on what I count as his 29th recording, I fine McClinton not going gentle into that good night while being perfectly honest that he is slowing down. At 76 years old, he remains at full capacity. His singing and sense of humor are diminished not at all. Prick of the Litter is about what you would expect form a roadhouse king approaching twilight.

Strangely, or maybe not so, Prick of the Litter recalls exactly what Van Morrison has been doing all his career...smashing genre and making all music his own. McClinton opens the disc with the rave up jump-blues, "Don't Do It." Driven by his horn section and pianist Kevin McKendree's left hand, McClinton strolls through a "done my woman wrong, please forgive me" song seasoned with a sinewy guitar solo offered by James Pennebaker. This is a song you would expect McClinton to sing. That is not true of '20s jazzish "Like Lovin' Used to Be," the NOLA-flavored "Jones for You," and the low-down strut of "Bad Haircut." These songs reflect the singer's deepening humor and admiration for a 2/2 time. "Rosy" is as old-timey has you could hope for. McClinton has embraced these song styles in a grand fashion.

Track Listing

Don’t Do It; Doin’ what You Do; Middle of Nowhere; Skip Chaser; San Miguel; Pullin’ the Strings; Neva; Like Lovin’ Used to Be; Jones for You; the Hunt is On; bad haircut; Rosy.

Personnel

Delbert McClinton: vocals and harmonica; Kevin McKendree: Keyboards James Pennebaker: guitar; Bob Britt: guitar; Mike Joyce: bass guitar; Jack Bruno: drums; Dana Robbins: saxophone; Quentin ‘Q’ Ware: trumpet.

Album information

Title: Prick of the Litter | Year Released: 2017 | Record Label: Thirty Tigers

Post a comment about this album

Watch

Tags

Jazz Near Dallas
Events Guide | Venue Guide | Get App | More...

Shop Amazon

More

Read Free Hoops
Free Hoops
Sylvie Courvoisier Trio
Read A Walk in the Park
A Walk in the Park
Jerry Cook Quartet +
Read New Aurora
New Aurora
Michael Sarian
Read Unnavigable Tributaries
Unnavigable Tributaries
Vicente / Brice / Sanders
Read How To turn the Moon
How To turn the Moon
Angelica Sanchez & Marilyn Crispell
Read The Path
The Path
Chien Chien Lu

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.