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New Delbert McClinton Album Announced!

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July 15, 2002 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE



DELBERT McCLINTON FOLLOWS BANNER YEAR WITH NEW ALBUM, ROOM TO BREATHE, ON NEW WEST RECORDS Album, Out September 24, Follows Grammyģ Award Winning Nothing Personal, Still on Charts after 70 Weeks Famous Friends Join Chorus on “Lone Star Blues"

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- American music legend Delbert McClinton will follow up his Grammy Award-winning Nothing Personal album with a new CD, Room To Breathe, scheduled for September 24 release on New West Records. The new album, produced by Delbert with long-time collaborator Gary Nicholson, features 12 new songs, all of which he wrote or co-wrote.

One of the albumís songs, “Lone Star Blues," features what Delbert calls a “Gang Sang" -- a chorus including friends Joe Ely, Butch Hancock, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Heather Waters and Jessi Alexander (all of whom recorded their parts in Nashville), plus Billy Joe Shaver, Ray Benson, Marcia Ball and Kimmie Rhodes (who recorded their parts in Austin.)

Bekka Bramlett also sang backup on a few songs, James Pennebaker (alumnus of Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Lee Roy Parnell) contributed fiddle and pedal steel guitar, and Austinís venerated Bill Campbell played rhythm guitar. Delbert even enlisted a string section for two songs: “Everything I Know About The Blues (I Learned From You)" and “I Donít Wanna Love You Anymore."

Among his songwriting collaborators on the album are Gary Nicholson, Benmont Tench, Al Anderson (formerly of NRBQ), Tom Faulkner, Billy Lawson and Fred Knobloch.

Among the many kickoff events for the album will be a national television appearance on the NBC special, “Dare To Dream 2002 ... A Concert For Hope," a charity special hosted by “Access Hollywood"ís Billy Bush and WNBCís Lynda Lopez, and also featuring Michelle Branch and Sara Evans, among many others, and set to air on September 7. Delbert will spend the albumís release date, September 24, in New York with an appearance on the nationally syndicated “Imus In The Morning," plus other New York-based media.

Room To Breathe follows one of the music industryís top independent success stories of the past two years in Delbertís predecessor album, Nothing Personal, which achieved several distinctions, among which:

ē Received the Grammyģ Award for “Best Contemporary Blues Recording," 2002

ē “No. 1 Americana Album of the Year" on the Album Network Americana Roots chart, spending a record 12 weeks at No. 1.

ē Charted on the Billboard Blues Album Top 10 for more than 70 weeks, from the time of its release through the present. Also charted on the following charts: Hot 200 Albums, Country Albums, Independent and Internet.

ē Chosen “Album of the Week" by The New York Times and deemed “Mr. McClinton's best recording ever" by The Wall Street Journal

ē Appeared on “Saturday Night Live," “The Late Show with David Letterman," “The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn," “Austin City Limits" and “Mountain Stage" (PBS edition)

ē Featured on NPR's “Weekend Edition," “World Cafe," “E Town," “Mountain Stage" and “A Prairie Home Companion"

Rolling Stone wrote, “This Texan comes roaring out of the gate on Nothing Personal," while Pulse! magazine proclaimed, “This is the second coming of Delbert McClinton."

According to Delbert, “I like this new one a lot. I think we did a good job of following Nothing Personal. This one picks you up at the end of that last one and takes you through the stuff going through my head since then. And there are some new twists that Iím very anxious for people to hear."

And as it does every January, the Delbert McClinton Sandy Beaches Cruise -- now in its ninth year -- will sail the Caribbean flanked with a full cabin of great American music artists. Details will be announced shortly.

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For more information on Delbert McClinton, contact The Baker/Northrop Media Group: Cary Baker (818) 986-5200 x 222 cary@bakernorthrop.com http://www.bakernorthrop.com

For Delbert McClinton art, please visit http://www.bakernorthrop.com/art

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