Bijou Theatre – Knoxville, TN
December 9, 2016
For the third December in a row, it was a privilege to catch the great Delbert McClinton and his well-seasoned band at the historic Bijou Theatre in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee. It’s almost become a personal Christmas tradition, of sorts. In fact, by now, it’s almost like heading over to Delbert’s house and listening to him and the band light it up musically.
Each and every musician was superb, including McClinton’s harmonica playing – which never fails to be top-shelf. The guitarists played off of each other as effortlessly and fluidly as Richards and Wood or Perry and Whitford. Long-time sax player, Dana Robbins, still blew the crowd away with her incredible playing. Judging by the crowd's reaction, to each of her solos, it wouldn’t have hurt their feelings to have listened to her all night (not to discount the rest of the gang, of course). Being the class act that he is, Delbert gladly shared the spotlight with all of his band members – much to the crowd’s delight.
Fans were thrilled to hear many of their favorite hits as well as a couple of tunes from his soon-to-be-released (January 27th) CD, Prick Of The Litter (he’s accepting pre-orders now). McClinton devotees will no doubt purchase tickets for next year’s show as soon as they’re available. If you’ve never seen Delbert McClinton in concert, you’re missing out on a real treat. You can learn more of what’s going on in Delbert’s world by clicking on over to Delbert.com.