Delbert McClinton


"I'm an acquired taste in that my kind of music's not for little kids," Texas singer - songwriter Delbert McClinton says. "It's adult rock 'n' roll. I write from the sensibility of the people I knew growing up, and I grew up with all the heathens, the people who went too far before they changed and tried to make something out of their lives. There are a lot of beautiful colors and sad stories and much-deserved joy in that."

All those colors and stories, and all that joy, are richly present in McClinton's New West album Acquired Taste. The album reunites McClinton with the producer who helmed his very first Grammy winner, Don Was.

Born in Lubbock (hometown of such other musical notables as Buddy Holly and Joe Ely), McClinton came of age in the Fort Worth joints. He first appeared on a hit record in 1962, when his distinctive harmonica playing graced Bruce Channel's No. 1 single "Hey Baby" (which inspired the harp work of a young John Lennon). He backed such blues legends as Jimmy Reed and Sonny Boy Williamson, and honed his chops in local acts like the Ron-Dels, the Straightjackets, and Bobby Crown and the Kapers. In 1980, McClinton scored the top 10 hit "Giving It Up For Your Love," which pushed the accompanying album The Jealous Kind into the national top 40.

Delbert founded the Sandy Beaches Music Cruise 18 years ago and it has been a huge success both musically and socially. It brings together musicians and fans in a casual and fun environment all in the name of good music!


  • Waltz Across Texas - Ernest Tubb
  • Night Life - Willie Nelson
  • Ride Me Down Easy - Billy Joe Shaver
  • San Antonio Rose - Bob Wills
  • Hide Away - Freddie King
  • Red Neck Mother - Ray Wylie Hubbard
  • If You Got the Money - Lefty Frizzell
  • Papa Ain't Salty - T-Bone Walker
  • Bag of Bones - Gary Nicholson
  • Home Grown Tomatoes - Guy Clark



Jay Boy Adams

Marcia Ball

Ray Benson

Willy Braun (Reckless Kelly)

Joe King Carrasco

Cindy Cashdollar

Gary Clark Jr.

Slaid Cleaves

Johnny Gimble

Pat Green

Joel Guzman and Sarah Fox

Sara Hickman

Eric Johnson

Ben Kweller

Jimmy LaFave

Delbert McClinton

James McMurtry

Steve Miller

Randy Rogers

Michelle Shocked

Jerry Jeff Walker

Paul Wall

Monte Warden (The Wagoneers)

Johnny Winter

Miles Zuniga (Fastball)