Delbert McClinton honed his craft working in a bar band, the Straitjackets, backing visiting blues giants such as Sonny Williamson, 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." In the early '70s, 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. His 1980 album, The Jealous Kind, contained his 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. He won a 1991 Grammy for his duet with Bonnie Raitt, "Good Man, Good Woman," and reached the Top 5 of the country charts with the Tanya Tucker duet, "Tell Me About It." In addition to releasing two new studio albums in the early 2000s, Delbert won a Grammy Award for his album "The Cost of Living" in the Best Contemporary Blues Album category. Delbert's latest album "Acquired Taste" was released in 2009. After more than four decades of making music, McClinton is breathing freely with the confidence and energy of an artist who knows that he has mastered his game.
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