Son of a gun

Tallahassee's Weekly Entertainment Magazine

Tallahassee, Fl

January 27, 2006

Like daddy, like son. Texas native Clay McClinton grew up hearing his father, blues legend Delbert McClinton, make music. In fact, Delbert was Clay's first and most influential teacher. The home-schoolin' in harmonica and guitar set the stage for the younger McClinton to graduate to the next level in the music mecca of Austin, where Clay soaked up influences and atmosphere. A jaunt across Europe and a move to Arizona gave McClinton plenty of material and maturity. He honed his chops playing in two bands - a rootsy acoustic unit and an electric blues posse - before making the big move to Nashville to polish his songwriting skills. Now McClinton fronts a red-hot band of his own and has concocted his own blazing brand of blues, one that mixes Texas honky tonk with raw Delta blues, a drizzle of jazz, raucous Southern rock and twangy country. Push back the tables and get ready to boogie when the Clay McClinton Band makes its first local appearance at 9:30 tonight at Bradfordville Blues Club on Moses Lane off Bradfordville Road.

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