Delbert McClinton’s ‘Don’t Do It’ Has a Refrain We’ve All Sang a Time or Two

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“Prick of the Litter” is the latest CD release by Texas blues/jazz artist Delbert McClinton, although the man can hardly be pigeon-holed into any one particular genre. This album highlights all of his influences and gives the man room to do what he does best. Featuring a mix of soul, rhythm & blues, and Texas swing, McClinton pulls off a record that takes us back to our heydays with rugged roadhouse grit and melodious Texas twang.

The first track, called “Don’t Do It,” is filled with the singer’s signature style, complete with a horn section, a guitar solo, and complementary instruments one would expect to hear while smoking a toro and sipping on a glass of hard liquor. The result is epic.

Shared on the Newbluesrocker 2016 YouTube channel, this lead track from his latest CD is an uptempo blues standard McClinton is often synonymous with but rarely can be duplicated by his peers. In his interview with Rolling Stone regarding the track, he explained, “This song is about a guy who pushed it too many times and took his girlfriend for granted. I’m sure everyone knows this person or has been this person. When it was time to cut this song, I thought of Jimmie Vaughan. We had talked about doing something together for years…so I took these tracks to Austin and he and Lou Ann Barton put the finishing touches on the song. We had a ball.” Released in January of this year, “Prick of the Litter” is available on iTunes and Amazon, and its release comes in advance of McClinton’s biography release which is scheduled for this coming September.