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Delbert McClinton
December 5, 2014
Bijou Theater
Knoxville, TN

Photo by James R. Patterson


One of the artists who has been on my concert bucket list for a very long time has been the great Delbert McClinton. What a personal thrill it was for me to be able to not only catch this legendary performer in concert Friday night, but to meet him in person. He's as gracious and personable in person as he is on stage. The man is a class act all the way.

Yeah, I was a little star struck.

Delbert and the band were a tight, well-oiled machine, delivering a string of familiar tunes from his long, impressive career and the crowd loved every second of it. They showed it buy being on their feet from the git go.

The audience cheered Delbert through songs like “Old Weakness,” “New York City,” “Right To Be Wrong,” “Going Back To Louisiana,” “Leap Of Faith,” and his huge hit, “Givin’ It Up For Your Love” (my personal favorite).

I don’t know if this was staged or spontaneous but a group of about ten women climbed up on stage during “Givin’ It Up For Your Love” and started dancing with Delbert and the band. It was a hoot to watch.

If you ever get a chance to catch one of Delbert’s shows, I encourage you to do so. He will not disappoint!