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Delbert McClinton Cruise Announces Artist Lineup

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“Itís not like a concert, because everyoneís in the same boatÖ"

DELBERT McCLINTON SETS SAIL FOR NINTH ANNUAL “DELBERT McCLINTON SANDY BEACHES CRUISE" JANUARY 11-18, EMBARKING FROM TAMPA TO THE CARIBBEAN

This Yearís Talent Lineup Includes Del McCoury, Bonnie Bramlett, The Derailers, Marcia Ball, Al Anderson, Stephen Bruton, Fred Eaglesmith, Jeffrey Steele, Wayne Toups, Tommy Castro Mary McBride, Bruce Channel and more

TAMPA, Fla. Ė Grammy Award winning American music legend Delbert McClinton, whose latest album Room To Breathe sits at #1 on Billboardís blues album chart and #1 on the Americana Airplay chart, will again embark on the Delbert McClinton Sandy Beaches Cruise (http://www.delbert.com). Now in its ninth year, the Cruise will set sail from the port of Tampa, Fla., on January 11, 2003, returning on January 18, and features an all-star cast of recording artists representing the full spectrum of American roots music.

This yearís lineup includes bluegrass master Del McCoury, Bonnie Bramlett (of Delaney & Bonnie fame), The Derailers, Marcia Ball, Tommy Castro, Wayne Toups & Zydecajun, singer/songwriters Stephen Bruton, Al Anderson, Fred Eaglesmith, Gary Nicholson, Bob DePiero, Jeffrey Steele, Jimmy Hall, Bekka Bramlett, Mary McBride and Theresa James, plus keyboardist Nick Connolly, Miles Zuniga (of Fastball fame) and Bruce Channel (in whose band Delbert toured the U.K. in the Ď60s, sharing a bill with The Beatles.)

This yearís cruise departs Tampa, Fla., on January 11 on Holland America lineís five-star ms Veendam, and visits George Town in the Grand Caymans, Santo Tomas de Castillo, Guatemala and Cozumel, Mexico, during the week long trip. But the real action happens every day and night on the ship, where concerts, jam sessions and songwriter shows play from noon well into the wee hours. Itís no wonder that the Cruise enjoys an annual 70 per cent return rate.

“Itís a great opportunity to get a bunch of friends together and make music and hang out. And why not do it in the Caribbean?" says McClinton, the two-time Grammy Award winner known for his hits like “Giving It Up For Your Love" and “Sandy Beaches," from which the cruise derives its name. The eclectic musical mix spotlights blues, rockíníroll, R&B, country, Cajun and zydeco music, singer /songwriters, bluegrass and more, as well as all permutations thereof.

“Itís shaping up to be the best party weíve ever thrown," says Wendy Goldstein, McClintonís wife and manager, and a partner in Entertainment Travel, Ltd., the company that promotes the cruise.

“Itís not like going to a concert, because everyoneís in the same boat," adds McClinton. New and lasting friendships are forged among the travelers, and the musicians enjoy collaborations and cross-pollination that result in new songs and associations that follow them off the ship into their recordings, shows and careers. Itís an opportunity for fans to get to know the musical talents as people rather than onstage stars, and enjoy the artists doing what they love -- making great music -- for the sheer joy of creating it.

The end result is a rare and memorable vacation and musical experience that can only be found on the Delbert McClinton Sandy Beaches Cruise. Itís the best music to be heard on the most fun to be had on the seven seas of the world.

Those seeking additional information or to register for the Cruise may call 1-800-DELBERT or go to http://www.delbert.com

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