Cost of Living

Cost of Living

by Delbert McClintonDelbert McClinton


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Clearly in an aging-gracefully mode, Delbert McClinton continues his hot streak with another heady brew of country, honky-tonk, roadhouse rock 'n' roll, and rhythm and blues. As usual, the folks populating Delbert's funky world are as colorful as the music is low-down. In the stomping, guitar-driven "One of the Fortunate Few," he draws a comical portrait of a high-maintenance woman that men find irresistible, mainly because her imagination is so vivid "she'd make you do things you never thought about and things you wouldn't want to admit." On "The Part I Like Best," McClinton waxes eloquent, over a brisk guitar-and-organ-fueled blues shuffle, about a better breed of gal. The churning, '50s-style R&B grinder "I'll Change My Style" -- about self-improvement in quest of love -- features a stuttering sax solo that would make King Curtis proud, whereas in the minimalist tear-jerker "Your Memory, Me and the Blues," Delbert's vocals are as soulful as they are subtle. Flavored by some evocative gut-string guitar solos and dramatic organ washes, the atmospheric story-song "Down into Mexico" tells the tragic tale of a Bonnie & Clyde–like couple whose tyranny meets a tragic end south of the border. From a somber honky-tonk tear-jerker about love denied ("Kiss Her Once for Me") to a rousing drinkin' song couched in gospel terms ("Midnight Communion") to a bit of Cajun spice in the rollicking "Two Step Too," nobody does it all better than Delbert McClinton.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/23/2005
Label: New West Records
UPC: 0607396607921
catalogNumber: 6079
Rank: 64699

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Delbert McClinton   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Anderson   Acoustic Guitar
Bekka Bramlett   Vocals,Background Vocals
Bill Campbell   Guitar
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Jim Hoke   Saxophone
Kevin McKendree   Organ,Piano
Gary Nicholson   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
James Pennebaker   Acoustic Guitar,Fiddle,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar
Lynn Williams   Drums
Tom Hambridge   Percussion,Vocals
Spencer Campbell   Electric Bass,Bass Guitar,Double Bass,Acoustic Bass
Jeffrey Steele   Vocals
Don Wise   Saxophone
Rob McNelley   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Soloist
Steve Mackey   Bass
Crystal Talifaro   Vocals

Technical Credits

Delbert McClinton   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Glen Clark   Composer
Bob DiPiero   Composer
Kevin McKendree   Composer
Gary Nicholson   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Dave Sinko   Engineer
Tom Hambridge   Composer
John Barlow Jarvis   Composer
Bob Merlis   Publicity
Matt Andrews   Engineer
Glenn Sweitzer   Art Direction
Wendy Goldstein   Executive Producer
Cameron Strang   Executive Producer

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