Lone Star Sounds: New Music from Clay McClinton

By Preston Jones

You could say music is in Clay McClinton’s blood. Son of Fort Worth- raised blues-rock legend Delbert McClinton, Clay, who was born in Fort Worth but now calls Austin home, may be the scion of Texas music royalty, but he stands on his own creatively. His fourth studio album, Bitin’ at the Bit, is a smart blend of country, rock and, yes, a bit of Dad’s bluesy feel — there are even moments where, if you close your eyes, Clay McClinton’s vocals evoke a little of Lyle Lovett’s distinctive drawl. Produced by Gary Nicholson and co-written with Bruce Channel, Tom Hambridge and his father, McClinton fashions evocative odes to the simple life (Sound of a Small Town) as deftly as he chronicles sud-soaked late nights (Beer Joint). McClinton celebrates Bit’s release Saturday at Magnolia Motor Lounge.

Online: claymcclinton.com

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