Raised on roadhouse blues, outlaw country and pure honky-tonk, Clay McClinton has melded those styles into a sound he likes to call Texas gumbo. “My style is just what feels good to me,” McClinton says. “I’ve never been into categorizing art, but I would say it falls somewhere between country and blues with a dash of Tejas and a side of jazz.”
McClinton’s musical foundations were formed during a childhood spent listening to his famous father, Delbert, and his talented friends; he’s since had the honor of sharing stages with several. “Dad used to open for Willie all the time in the late ’70s and early ’80s, and it was normal for all of us kids to be running around backstage,” McClinton says. “It was like a big family of friends — and still is.”
Both musical icons gave their kids the best training any musician could have, though they also made sure their offspring earned that shared stage time. And McClinton has worked hard to cultivate his own sound and style. He’s done it so well, Delbert chose to include his son’s “Oughta Know” on Blind, Crippled and Crazy, his 2013 reunion album with Glen Clark. Austin Chronicle music editor Raoul Hernandez recently labeled the song “my new favorite.”
With a new Burnside Distribution deal and touring to both coasts and beyond, McClinton looks forward to serving up his Texas gumbo with fans everywhere.
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