Delbert McClinton (born November 4, 1940) is an American blues rock and electric blues singer, songwriter, guitarist, harmonica player, and pianist. From his first professional stage appearance in 1957 to his most recent national tour in 2018….he has recorded albums for several major record labels and singles that have reached the Billboard Hot 100…. Mainstream Rock Tracks….and Hot Country Songs charts. His highest-charting single was “Tell Me About It”….which was a 1992 duet with Tanya Tucker….seen in the photo above…which reached # 4 on the Country chart. Four of his albums have been # 1 on the U.S. Blues chart….and another reached # 2. His highest charting pop hit was 1980’s “Giving It Up for Your Love”….which peaked at # 8 on the Hot 100.
Delbert McClinton has earned three Grammy awards….1992 Rock Performance by a Duo with Bonnie Raitt for “Good Man, Good Woman”….2002 Contemporary Blues Album for “Nothing Personal“….and 2006 Contemporary Blues Album for “Cost of Living”. He has been nominated for seven Grammy Awards as of 2018. He was inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame in March 2011….along with Lee Roy Parnell, Bruce Channel, Gary Nicholson, and Cindy Walker.
In our title for this post…..we call Delbert “Austin’s Own”….cuz even though he was born and raised in West Texas (Lubbock)….he is kindred spirit to our Bone Daddy….who was raised in Midland…..as neighbor of Lubbock….as both are West Texas Boys who migrated to Austin….a city where Bone Daddy own a sports bar for 20 years…..and Delbert played hundreds of live gigs all around Austin, Texas….for the locals there consider Delbert to be one of their own.