Delbert McClinton is a blues musician born November 4, 1940, in Lubbock, Texas. He honed his craft working in a bar band, The Straitjackets, backing visiting blues giants such as Sonny Boy Williamson II, Howlin’ Wolf, Lightnin’ Hopkins and Jimmy Reed. He made his first recordings as a member of the Ron-Dels and was noted for his distinctive harmonica work on Bruce Channel’s 1962 hit, “Hey Baby”. On a tour of the United Kingdom with Channel, McClinton met a young John Lennon and advised him on his harmonica technique, resulting in the sound heard on the Beatles’ hit “Love Me Do”.
Relocating to Los Angeles in the early 1970s, McClinton emerged in a partnership with fellow Texan Glen Clark, performing a combination of country and soul music. They achieved a degree of artistic success, releasing two albums before splitting, with McClinton embarking on a solo career. Emmylou Harris had a number-one hit in 1978 with his composition, “Two More Bottles of Wine”, and McClinton’s “B Movie Boxcar Blues” was used in the 1980 movie, The Blues Brothers. His 1980 album, The Jealous Kind contained the hit single “Givin’ It Up for Your Love”.
After a rest period during much of the ‘80s, McClinton made a welcome return in 1989 with the fiery album Live from Austin, taped during an Austin City Limits appearance. He won a 1991 Grammy for his duet with Bonnie Raitt, “Good Man, Good Woman”, and reached the Top Five of the country charts with the Tanya Tucker duet, “Tell Me About It”. The fledgling label, Rising Tide, offered One of the Fortunate Few in 1997, but the label quickly folded. In addition to releasing two new studio albums in the early 2000s, New West Records issued Delbert McClinton Live in 2003, a compilation of songs from throughout his career, and his newest release, Cost of Living, in 2005.
Acquired Taste (2009) is the thirteenth studio album in the career of Texas roots music legend and Grammy-winning artist Delbert McClinton. The album is produced by Grammy-winning producer Don Was (Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt). It is the first new studio recording by McClinton in over four years.
McClinton doesn’t change the musical formula on Acquired Taste, (a juke joint blend of country, blues, soul and rock ‘n’ roll). This time, the subtle change from his last album, 2005’s Cost of Living, are the reflective lyrics providing one of the wisest and most introspective albums of his 50-plus-year musical career.