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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
One thing's for certain: Anyone who gets down with Room to Breathe is gonna need some room to move. Hot off his surprise hit Nothing Personal, Delbert McClinton comes roaring out of the box with some punishing roadhouse rock on "Same Kind of Crazy" and hardly gives a listener, well, room to breathe. Making liberal use of horns and a B-3 organ, McClinton goes even deeper into southern soul than he did on his 2001 Grammy-winner. There's only one nod to country, but it's a doozy, an all-star "Lone Star Blues" that features all of the Flatlanders, Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Rodney Crowell, and Guy Clark, among others. With wit the abovementioned "Same Kind of Crazy", ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
One thing's for certain: Anyone who gets down with Room to Breathe is gonna need some room to move. Hot off his surprise hit Nothing Personal, Delbert McClinton comes roaring out of the box with some punishing roadhouse rock on "Same Kind of Crazy" and hardly gives a listener, well, room to breathe. Making liberal use of horns and a B-3 organ, McClinton goes even deeper into southern soul than he did on his 2001 Grammy-winner. There's only one nod to country, but it's a doozy, an all-star "Lone Star Blues" that features all of the Flatlanders, Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Rodney Crowell, and Guy Clark, among others. With wit the abovementioned "Same Kind of Crazy", wordplay the greasy groove of "Jungle Room", and, in the reflective moments that break up this rhythm juggernaut, a whole lotta heart, McClinton is at a career high. The slow, aching blues of "Don't Want to Love You" is one of the most exquisite vocal performances in his canon, with that weary voice taking on the weight of the world as he details the inevitable, tortured end of an affair, set to the haunting chords of a gospel-tinged piano solo. Best of all is the rousing jump blues that closes the album, "New York City," which features a sputtering B-3 solo run, honking sax solos, and a swaggering McClinton asserting his need for -- and determination to get -- a Big Apple fix. It's the sort of spirited song New York could use after September 11th, and Delbert does it up right. Like he does throughout Room to Breathe.
All Music Guide - Robert L. Doerschuk
Delbert McClinton's ebullience is undeniable on Room to Breathe. One track, "Lone Star Blues," stands out for its splashy presentation; over a clip-clop beat, an eye-crossing assembly of Americana superstars gathers to sing on each chorus. Outside of Will the Circle Be Unbroken, this much talent has rarely been herded into one studio.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/24/2002
  • Label: New West Records
  • UPC: 607396604227
  • Catalog Number: 6042
  • Sales rank: 26,421

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Delbert McClinton Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Guitar (Electronic)
Marcia Ball Choir, Chorus
Guy Clark Choir, Chorus
Rodney Crowell Choir, Chorus
Jimmie Dale Gilmore Choir, Chorus
Emmylou Harris Choir, Chorus
Butch Hancock Choir, Chorus
Joe Ely Choir, Chorus
Robert Mason Cello
Billy Joe Shaver Choir, Chorus
Kimmie Rhodes Choir, Chorus
Ray Benson Choir, Chorus
Bekka Bramlett Background Vocals
Bill Campbell Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
John Catchings Cello
David Davidson Violin
Connie Ellisor Violin
Carl Gorodetzky Violin, Concert Master
Jim Grosjean Viola
George Hawkins Bass, Background Vocals
Jim Horn Baritone Saxophone
Lee Larrison Violin
Carl Marsh Conductor
Kevin McKendree Piano, Hammond Organ, Wurlitzer
Gary Nicholson Acoustic Guitar, Choir, Chorus
James Pennebaker Fiddle, Electric Guitar, Steel Guitar, Choir, Chorus
Todd Sharp Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Choir, Chorus, Guitar (Electric Baritone), Guitar (Nylon String)
Pamela Sixfin Violin
Terry Townson Trumpet
Alan Umstead Violin
Catherine Umstead Violin
Gary VanOsdale Viola
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale Violin
Lynn Williams Drums, Choir, Chorus
Don Wise Tenor Saxophone
Billy Huber Trombone
Mark Jordan Piano, Hammond Organ
Jessie Alexander Choir, Chorus
Jimmy Bowland Tenor Saxophone
Heather Waters Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Delbert McClinton Producer, Horn Arrangements
Richard Dodd Mastering
Carl Marsh Arranger, String Arrangements
Gary Nicholson Producer
Dave Sinko Engineer
Terry Townson Horn Arrangements
Matt Andrews Engineer
Chris Burns Engineer
Wendy Goldstein Executive Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Skimp on Groceries - Buy this CD

    I almost doubted that Delbert could improve on his previous, grammy winning CD, "Nothing Personal", but I should have known better. "Room to Breathe" is incredible! Delbert McClinton's music is often hard to categorize. You could call it Rock-Blues-Country, but even that description is insufficient. This is get-down music at its best, with soul and energy to spare. From the jazzy Big Apple tribute of "New York City" to the wistful regret in "Don't Want to Love You Anymore" this CD is one solid hit after another. The lyrics are the voice of experience put to music. Add to that some awesome piano playing, B-3 organ hammering, and tight horn playing for an unbeatable combination. The track "Lonestar Blues" could easily become the Country Music Song of the Year. Delbert McClinton is at the top of his game on this CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Classic McClinton

    Well, Delbert McClinton has done it again...road-house boogie, roots rock, country blues - whatever you call it, NOBODY does it better than McClinton !! The Man is THE DEFINITION of the genre, and he has again graced us with chooglin boogie music and country-rock blues ballads slathered with harmonica and B-3 Organ...and that voice - THAT VOICE!! - was born to sing exactly this type of music. Delbert McClinton is a classic...a true living legend, and he just keeps on writing and playing and singing leagues ahead of the pack. This time out backed by so many names in the country, alt.country arena (incl. Steve Earle, Joe Ely, Emmy Lou) that to list them all would be impossible in the space here provided. Suffice it to say the man has all the friends in all the high places. Pick up this CD and get down to road-house boogie basics - it don't get no better than Delbert McClinton!! Ask Imus...

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