Nothing Personal

Nothing Personal

by Delbert McClinton


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Three years and a new label later, Delbert McClinton is back, and the good news is that Nothing Personal raises the bar, one-upping the artist’s previous triumphs. He enlists Iris DeMent to help put the hurt on a prototypical honky-tonk weeper, "Birmingham Tonight," and Bekka Bramlett to add some saucy twang to the boudoir blues of "All Night Long," but mostly this is Delbert front and center, and it's beautiful. Playing guitar, organ, and of course the most soulful harmonica this side of James Cotton, McClinton serves up raw, sizzling electric blues spiced with wry, self-deprecating humor ("Livin' It Down"); gets funky on "Desperation"; and offers an engaging homage to Jimmy Reed on the pragmatic, steady-rolling "Nothing Lasts Forever," complete with a low-rent studio sound à la Vee-Jay, circa 1955. Nothing tops the deeply introspective moments here, especially when McClinton's earthy, raspy voice assays the detritus left in the wake of a departed lover in the Tex-Mex-flavored ballad, "When Rita Leaves." There are 13 elegant tracks in all, and Delbert brings it home on each one.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/06/2001
Label: New West Records
UPC: 0607396602421
catalogNumber: 6024

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Delbert McClinton   Primary Artist,Harmonica,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Iris DeMent   Vocal Harmony
Rick Vito   Electric Guitar
Benmont Tench   Piano,chamberlain
Bekka Bramlett   Background Vocals
John Cowan   Vocal Harmony
Richard Dodd   Tambourine
Ricky Fataar   Drums
George Hawkins   Bass
James "Hutch" Hutchinson   Bass
Kevin McKendree   Keyboards
Gary Nicholson   Slide Guitar
Johnny Lee Schell   Electric Guitar
Todd Sharp   Electric Guitar
Tommy Spurlock   Steel Guitar
Terry Townson   Trumpet
Lynn Williams   Drums
Mark Jordan   Organ

Technical Credits

Delbert McClinton   Producer
Neal Cappellino   Engineer
Justin Niebank   Engineer
Gary Nicholson   Producer
Don Smith   Engineer
Glenn Sweitzer   Art Direction
Luke Wooten   Engineer

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Nothing Personal 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Delbert McClinton may never record a truly great album - he's come close a couple of times - but he'll never make a bad one. The sixty-year-old Texan has been making music for forty years, and if his blend of classic rhythm & blues, country, and rock & roll is not highly original, its never less than believable and sincere. Blessed with a solid set of pipes, McClinton is still one of the finest white r&b singers of the last few decades. He also plays a mean harmonica (He gave pointers on the instrument to a young John Lennon in 1962, prior to the recording of the Beatles' first single). ''Nothing Personal'' is one of the best albums of McClinton's long career. He wrote or co-wrote all thirteen songs, with the opening ''Livin' It Down,'' ''When Rita Leaves'' and ''Birmingham Tonight'' this listener's favorites. There is no groundbreaking music here, but that's besides the point. Most artists would be glad to make music this gritty, real and fun at any point in their careers. The closest that Delbert McClinton ever came to a hit single was over two decades ago, when '' Givin' It Up For Your Love'' almost climbed the charts. Given current tastes, nothing here is going to change that. Delbert has also had bad luck with record companies, as several have folded or reorganized with McClinton's latest recording barely on the streets. He's on a new, independent label with ''Nothing Personal'' and I'll keep my fingers crossed for him. Certainly McClinton's fans will want to own this, but anyone who enjoys well-crafted, soulful r&b and rock will enjoy ''Nothing Personal.''