Delbert McClinton | SPACE | Blues, Gospel, and R&B | Chicago Reader

Delbert McClinton All Ages Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Fri., Dec. 21, 8 p.m. 2012

Texas singer Delbert McClinton earned his stripes on the rough-and-rowdy roadhouse and honky-tonk circuit of his home state, playing roots music to unforgiving, volatile audiences. And though his career now spans five decades, he's never changed his style for those hard-drinking crowds, nor for the polite listeners who discovered him after "Good Man, Good Woman," his Grammy-winning 1991 duet with Bonnie Raitt. Now 72 years old, McClinton captures the full range of his rugged sound on his most recent album, 2009's Acquired Taste (New West): honky-tonk ("Can't Nobody Say I Didn't Try"), blue-eyed soul ("Starting a Rumor"), New Orleans funk ("Willie"), urban blues ("Do It"). His beautiful rasp is grainier than ever, and on a tear-jerking piano ballad such as "Wouldn't You Think (Should've Been Here by Now)" he outdoes the young Tom Waits at his own game. McClinton is a devoted practitioner of boundary-dissolving American music—and a national treasure. —Peter Margasak

Price: $40-$85

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