To call the legendary Delbert McClinton a “bluesman” would be accurate. But throughout his storied career he’s crossed over into country, rock, jazz and Texas R&B as well. While he employs those elements here, the emphasis is on balladeers and songwriters who have influenced him. Funk has often been his stock-in-trade and that comes through in cuts like “Neva” and “Middle of Nowhere.” But the overall reveal is his love for artists like Frank Sinatra, Nat “King” Cole and Big Joe Williams delivered in his inimitable soulful style.
Score: 9 out of 10
Prick of the Litter
Producer: Delbert McClinton, Kevin McKendree & Bob Britt