New Book on the Life of Delbert McClinton

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New Book on the Life of Delbert McClinton
‘Delbert McClinton: One of the Fortunate Few’ Book by Diana Finlay Hendricks
Publication: December 6, 2017
Texas A&M University Press


Influenced at a young age by classic country, Tejano, western swing, and the popular music of wartime America, blues musician Delbert McClinton grew up with a backstage pass to some of the most significant moments in American cultural and music history.

Delbert McClinton: One of the Fortunate Few  chronicles McClinton's path through a free-range childhood in Lubbock and Fort Worth; an early career in the desegregated roadhouses along Fort Worth's Jacksboro Highway, where he led the house bands for Jimmy Reed, Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, and others while making a name for himself as a regional player in the birth of rock and roll; headlining shows in England with a little-known Liverpool quartet called The Beatles; and heading back to Texas in time for the progressive movement, kicking off Austin's burgeoning role in American music history.

More than the story of a rags-to-riches musician, Delbert McClinton: One of the Fortunate Few offers readers a soundtrack to some of the most pivotal moments in the history of American popular music--all backed by a cooking rhythm section and featuring a hot harmonica lead.


DIANA FINLAY HENDRICKS, a Texas Hill Country-based writer has spent her career in journalism and feature writing, focusing on Texas and Southern music and culture. She is a regular contributor to the Journal for Texas Music History, Lone Star Music, and recently contributed the James McMurtry chapter to Pickers and Poets: The Ruthlessly Poetic Singer-Songwriters of Texas.