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A message regarding COVID-19
We are living in unprecedented times with this deadly COVID-19 virus running rampant through the world. Out of concern for the health of his audiences, staff and band members, Delbert has had to postpone or cancel quite a few shows, following the recommended protocols set forth by the National Center for Disease Control, and local and state governmental officials across the nation.
We are saddened by the spread of this virus that prohibits us from being with our fans. We are working to reschedule the dates that have been cancelled and look forward to seeing everyone in the future.
If you have purchased a ticket to a cancelled show, please go back to your original point of purchase for information. The venues and festivals handle all ticket sales.
Thank you for your understanding during this public health crisis, and we wish all the best for your safety and good health.
Tall, Dark, & Handsome
Best Traditional Blues
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"Roots music visionary" (Rolling Stone) Delbert McClinton returns with a swaggering and swingin’ new album, Tall, Dark & Handsome, 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.”
Tall, Dark & Handsome features Delbert’s band the Self-Made Men + Dana: Dana Robbins (saxophone), Jack Bruno (drums), Mike Joyce (bass), Bob Britt (guitar), James Pennebaker (guitar), Kevin McKendree (keyboards), Quentin Ware (trumpet), Dennis Wage (keyboards).
It’s evident from the first downbeat that McClinton and company had a blast making the record, shining a raucous light on the swinging, jazzy virtues of Texas blues. Opener “Mr. Smith” is a joyous shuffle. “If I Hock My Guitar” is sly and self-deprecating, the story of a down n’ out axe-man who weighs his craft with a visit to the pawn shop.
The album hurtles forward with a red hot energy, with only a couple cool breaths along the way, like on “Any Other Way,” a ballad that starts with “Just another lovely day / a low-flying angel got in my way.”
McClinton has four GRAMMY Awards, which have all reached # 1 or #2 on Billboard’s Blues chart. 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. His songs have been covered by Buddy Guy, Bonnie Raitt, Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, Waylon Jennings, and Wynonna Judd - to name a few.
This “Godfather of Americana” (Rolling Stone) looks forward to being back out on the road on the other side of COVID!