Room to Breathe

Room to Breathe

by Delbert McClinton


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One thing's for certain: Anyone who gets down with Room to Breathe is gonna need some room to move. Hot off his surprise hit Nothing Personal, Delbert McClinton comes roaring out of the box with some punishing roadhouse rock on "Same Kind of Crazy" and hardly gives a listener, well, room to breathe. Making liberal use of horns and a B-3 organ, McClinton goes even deeper into southern soul than he did on his 2001 Grammy-winner. There's only one nod to country, but it's a doozy, an all-star "Lone Star Blues" that features all of the Flatlanders, Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Rodney Crowell, and Guy Clark, among others. With wit (the abovementioned "Same Kind of Crazy"), wordplay (the greasy groove of "Jungle Room"), and, in the reflective moments that break up this rhythm juggernaut, a whole lotta heart, McClinton is at a career high. The slow, aching blues of "Don't Want to Love You" is one of the most exquisite vocal performances in his canon, with that weary voice taking on the weight of the world as he details the inevitable, tortured end of an affair, set to the haunting chords of a gospel-tinged piano solo. Best of all is the rousing jump blues that closes the album, "New York City," which features a sputtering B-3 solo run, honking sax solos, and a swaggering McClinton asserting his need for -- and determination to get -- a Big Apple fix. It's the sort of spirited song New York could use after September 11th, and Delbert does it up right. Like he does throughout Room to Breathe.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/24/2002
Label: New West Records
UPC: 0607396604227
catalogNumber: 6042
Rank: 62183

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Delbert McClinton   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Guitar (Electronic)
Marcia Ball   Choir, Chorus
Guy Clark   Choir, Chorus
Rodney Crowell   Choir, Chorus
Jimmie Dale Gilmore   Choir, Chorus
Emmylou Harris   Choir, Chorus
Butch Hancock   Choir, Chorus
Joe Ely   Choir, Chorus
Robert Mason   Cello
Billy Joe Shaver   Choir, Chorus
Kimmie Rhodes   Choir, Chorus
Ray Benson   Choir, Chorus
Bekka Bramlett   Background Vocals
Bill Campbell   Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
John Catchings   Cello
David Davidson   Violin
Connie Ellisor   Violin
Carl Gorodetzky   Violin,Concert Master
Jim Grosjean   Viola
George Hawkins   Bass,Background Vocals
Jim Horn   Baritone Saxophone
Lee Larrison   Violin
Carl Marsh   Conductor
Kevin McKendree   Piano,Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer
Gary Nicholson   Acoustic Guitar,Choir, Chorus
James Pennebaker   Fiddle,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar,Choir, Chorus
Todd Sharp   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Choir, Chorus,Guitar (Electric Baritone),Guitar (Nylon String)
Pamela Sixfin   Violin
Terry Townson   Trumpet
Alan Umstead   Violin
Catherine Umstead   Violin
Gary VanOsdale   Viola
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale   Violin
Lynn Williams   Drums,Choir, Chorus
Don Wise   Tenor Saxophone
Billy Huber   Trombone
Mark Jordan   Piano,Hammond Organ
Jessie Alexander   Choir, Chorus
Jimmy Bowland   Tenor Saxophone
Heather Waters   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Delbert McClinton   Producer,Horn Arrangements
Carl Marsh   Arranger,String Arrangements
Gary Nicholson   Producer
Dave Sinko   Engineer
Terry Townson   Horn Arrangements
Matt Andrews   Engineer
Chris Burns   Engineer
Wendy Goldstein   Executive Producer

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Room to Breathe 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I almost doubted that Delbert could improve on his previous, grammy winning CD, "Nothing Personal", but I should have known better. "Room to Breathe" is incredible! Delbert McClinton's music is often hard to categorize. You could call it Rock-Blues-Country, but even that description is insufficient. This is get-down music at its best, with soul and energy to spare. From the jazzy Big Apple tribute of "New York City" to the wistful regret in "Don't Want to Love You Anymore" this CD is one solid hit after another. The lyrics are the voice of experience put to music. Add to that some awesome piano playing, B-3 organ hammering, and tight horn playing for an unbeatable combination. The track "Lonestar Blues" could easily become the Country Music Song of the Year. Delbert McClinton is at the top of his game on this CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, Delbert McClinton has done it again...road-house boogie, roots rock, country blues - whatever you call it, NOBODY does it better than McClinton !! The Man is THE DEFINITION of the genre, and he has again graced us with chooglin boogie music and country-rock blues ballads slathered with harmonica and B-3 Organ...and that voice - THAT VOICE!! - was born to sing exactly this type of music. Delbert McClinton is a classic...a true living legend, and he just keeps on writing and playing and singing leagues ahead of the pack. This time out backed by so many names in the country, arena (incl. Steve Earle, Joe Ely, Emmy Lou) that to list them all would be impossible in the space here provided. Suffice it to say the man has all the friends in all the high places. Pick up this CD and get down to road-house boogie basics - it don't get no better than Delbert McClinton!! Ask Imus...