Sunday, June 16, 2013

CD Review: Delbert & Glen Share Their Stories Of Being "Blind, Crippled & Crazy"

It's been 40 years since singer/guitarist/pianist Delbert McClinton and Glen Clark teamed up to do an album together. The duo had a hit with the 1972 single "I Received A Letter," then parted ways the following year. Delbert went on to have a successful career in country and blues having albums and singles that appeared in the Top 5 charts, including his last album "Acquired Taste" which hit #1 on the blues album chart. McClinton was also inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2011. Clark became a songwriting success, creating hits for Etta James, Loretta Lynn, Wynonna Judd and Kris Kirstofferson; to which he would perform keyboards with on tours with Kristofferson and Bonnie Raitt. Later on, Clark would work with Jim Belushi on his sitcom, "According To Jim."
 
Now the two singers reunited for the 2013 album, "Blind, Crippled & Crazy," due June 18 on Nine West Records. The two deal with the acceptance of aging, but in a creative, sometimes humorous way like in the opening song "Been Around A Long Time." The two trade lyrics along a country-shuffle backdrop as they explain how age is only a number. They pick-up the tempo for the country rock of "Whoever Said It Was Easy," then head over to the blues with "Oughta No." One of the highlights of the album is "More And More, Less And Less," as McClinton pulls off the Leonard Cohen-type song with ease. The duo show off their diversity with the acoustic blues of "Sure Feels Good" and the classic country of "Peace In The Valley." Delbert leaves his final stamp of approval on the album with the dark tones of the acoustic closer "I Could Be Your Lover."
 
Delbert McClinton will be stopping at StageOne in Fairfield, CT on his currently month-long tour. For more information, please visit delbert.com.

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