There are two kinds of people in the world: those who love Delbert McClinton and those who haven't heard him yet. Delbert is always working on that second group. Lyle Lovett once said, "If we could all sing like we wanted to, we'd all sing like Delbert." The multi-Grammy Award winning artist is at the top of his game with his nineteenth studio album, Prick Of The Litter. The new offering captures the balance of soulful energy and restraint that the legendary performer has been delivering in his live performances for decades all over the world. On Prick of the Litter, Delbert incorporates a variety of styles, and as always, just enough to keep him comfortably outside the traditional marketing categories.
Prick Of The Litter blends Delbert's signature rhythm and blues sound with a newer jazz-influence inspired by Johnny Mercer, Nat King Cole and other legendary crooners. He includes some upbeat traditional blues ("Don't Do It") with a romantic take on Tony Bennett's San Francisco ("San Miguel") while "Skip Chaser" paints a vivid picture of the perils of the profession. A highlight is the album's closer, the gentle and hopeful "Rosy." McClinton's road band, Self-Made Men provide a hard-driving rhythm section, powerful guitars and innovative piano, accented by punched-up horns. And of course Delbert's definitive vocals and distinct harmonica licks bring it all together.