Delbert McClinton Outdated Emotion
Hot Shot Records
“Outdated Emotion” is Delbert McClinton’s 30th album. It’s difficult to know where to begin when reviewing such a prolific artist. McClinton combines elements of jazz, rock and blues into his own homemade stew. In 2013 Delbert reunited with Glen Clark. The pair had recorded “Delbert and Glen” in 1972 and a follow up album a year later. Delbert McClinton and Glen Clark recreated the bar room blues that first got them noticed. Four years later McClinton released a terrific studio album called “Prick of the Litter”.
Calling the band “The Self Made Men”, McClinton incorporated a variety of styles including Texas blues; two favorites being “The Middle of Nowhere” and “Rosy”. Two years later McClinton followed up with another studio recording “Tall, Dark, And Handsome”. Joining “The Self Made Men” was a self made woman Dana Robbins on saxophone. The album contained the lead off song Mr. Smith which gave the feel of the 1920’s or 30’s. Other songs included “No Chicken on the Bone”. The album won a Grammy Award as the “Best Traditional Blues Album”.
Now McClinton’s newest album is a collection of covers except for one original being “Two Step Too” with Chris Scruggs on steel guitar and Stuart Duncan of fiddle. McClinton opens the album with the Lloyd Price classic “Stagger Lee” featuring Jim Hoke on tenor and baritone saxophones. Scruggs and Duncan join McClinton again on three Hank Williams classics “Setting The Woods On Fire”, “Jambalaya” and “Move It On Over”. Also covered is the Lowell Fulson classic “One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer”, Little Richard’s “Long Tall Sally” and two Jimmy Reed songs “The Sun is Shining” and “Ain’t That Lovin’ You”. “Connecticut Blues” co-written with keyboardist Keven McKendree and drummer Yates McKendree has a Mose Allison kind of vibe.
All in all “Outdated Emotion” is a wonderful surprise.
Contributing Editor/Making A Scene