Nothing Personal

Nothing Personal

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by Delbert McClinton
     
 

Three years and a new label later, Delbert McClinton is back, and the good news is that Nothing Personal raises the bar, one-upping the artist’s previous triumphs. He enlists Iris DeMent to help put the hurt on a prototypical honky-tonk weeper, "Birmingham Tonight," and Bekka Bramlett to add someSee more details below

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Three years and a new label later, Delbert McClinton is back, and the good news is that Nothing Personal raises the bar, one-upping the artist’s previous triumphs. He enlists Iris DeMent to help put the hurt on a prototypical honky-tonk weeper, "Birmingham Tonight," and Bekka Bramlett to add some saucy twang to the boudoir blues of "All Night Long," but mostly this is Delbert front and center, and it's beautiful. Playing guitar, organ, and of course the most soulful harmonica this side of James Cotton, McClinton serves up raw, sizzling electric blues spiced with wry, self-deprecating humor ("Livin' It Down"); gets funky on "Desperation"; and offers an engaging homage to Jimmy Reed on the pragmatic, steady-rolling "Nothing Lasts Forever," complete with a low-rent studio sound à la Vee-Jay, circa 1955. Nothing tops the deeply introspective moments here, especially when McClinton's earthy, raspy voice assays the detritus left in the wake of a departed lover in the Tex-Mex-flavored ballad, "When Rita Leaves." There are 13 elegant tracks in all, and Delbert brings it home on each one.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Cook
McClinton's first outing for the independent Austin label New West, Nothing Personal features more of the Texan harp player's loose blend of rock, blues, and honky tonk. He penned all the cuts here, sometimes in tandem with producer Gary Nicholson and Benmont Tench of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers fame (Tench also sits in on keyboards for a few cuts). The lyrical concerns take in the usual stories of love and its travails, which McClinton consistently phrases in his own rough-hewn yet sweet way. He also contributes some of his ace harmonica work to several of the tracks. The selections feature McClinton's standard variety, ranging from barroom rockers like "Squeeze Me" and the vintage country side "Birmingham Tonight" to the south-of-the-border ballad "When Rita Leaves." Another fine release from one of Texas' best.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/06/2001
Label:
New West Records
UPC:
0607396602421
catalogNumber:
6024
Rank:
56174

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Delbert McClinton   Primary Artist,Harmonica,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Iris DeMent   Vocal Harmony
Rick Vito   Electric Guitar
Benmont Tench   Piano,chamberlain
Bekka Bramlett   Background Vocals
John Cowan   Vocal Harmony
Richard Dodd   Tambourine
Ricky Fataar   Drums
George Hawkins   Bass
James "Hutch" Hutchinson   Bass
Kevin McKendree   Keyboards
Gary Nicholson   Slide Guitar
Johnny Lee Schell   Electric Guitar
Todd Sharp   Electric Guitar
Tommy Spurlock   Steel Guitar
Terry Townson   Trumpet
Lynn Williams   Drums
Mark Jordan   Organ

Technical Credits

Delbert McClinton   Producer
Neal Cappellino   Engineer
Justin Niebank   Engineer
Gary Nicholson   Producer
Don Smith   Engineer
Erik Wolf   Mastering
Glenn Sweitzer   Art Direction
Luke Wooten   Engineer

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