Delbert McClinton & Self-Made Men
Tall, Dark, and Handsome
Hot Shot Records
Delbert McClinton is on a hot streak. Another. He’s nearing 80 and he and his Self-Made Men have had a couple of great records lately, that’s of the more than 30 he’s recorded in the last 40 years; a career that stretches back now to six decades, edging in on seven.
And there’s everything you’d want from an Americana roots session here – including brand new songs. There’s sass and heart and soul and blues and grit, a bit of country and western-swing. If you’ve been digging the recent Van Morrison material you could go here. If you’re a Jools Holland + Guests consumer why not stop over here. Gosh, I hear Chuck E. Weiss (Gone To Mexico), those sublime late-70s/early-80s ballads by Tom Waits (Lulu) and even a bit of last-gasp Johnny Cash (Temporarily Insane).
Park up your Springsteen for a bit and check this out.
Thirteen songs and “A Poem” (really a demo-snippet of singing against guitar-only) are over and done in under 40 minutes. And if the infectious openers, Mr. Smith and If I Hock My Guitar don’t get you – and they should! – there’s a bit of zydeco-whimsy and after-dark western swing (No Chicken On The Bone) and some sultry barroom-blues swagger (Let’s Get Down Like We Used To) that should totally seal the deal.
And this band of “Self-Made Men”; boy!
Drummer Jack Bruno and bassist Mike Joyce work with guitarists Bob Britt and James Pennebaker, keyboardists Dennis wage and Kevin McKendree and saxophonist/vocalist Dana Robbins. There’s a few Nashville session greats that pop in here and there and this big Texas-state tribute – part tongue-in-cheek, part celebration – is one of the finest good-time/great-feel recordings of the year.
Line it up!
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