All About Jazz


All About Jazz

Published: January 14, 2014

By: C. Michael Bailey


Clay McClinton: Bitin' at the Bit (2014). Delbert McClinton's son Clay is a chip, just not the one you would expect. On his fourth release, Bitin' at the Bit, McClinton the younger takes a more country-Western swing path, from the Texas soul and R&B path of this dad, sprinkling in the Tex-Mex ("Poison Love") and quasi-Zydeco ("What A Little Bit of Love Can Do." He uses long-time McClinton, the elder associate Gary Nicholson as co- songwriter on the discs original compositions save for "Victim of Life's Circumstances," a country rocker penned by his dad. One cover on the disc is Mickey Newberry's "I Just Dropped In," infinitely more effectively and believeable than that of Tom Jones on his recent Spirit In The Room (Island, 2013). The most clever song is "Hydrated," a tome of overindulgence and redemption in the best tradition of McClinton's old man. A solid band backing a promising voice that is not the same old Nashville thing.


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