Subdudes, Delbert McClinton and others release new CDs
In order to keep all of you informed and entertained, there is some brand new music out, and some more to come soon, that I would like to talk about today.
First off is the new CD, “Flower Petals,” from one of Colorado’s favorite bands, the Subdudes. Although it’s obvious it is the Subdudes, this CD doesn’t really sound like any other Subdudes recording. This CD is a concept album that is set in the Old West around the Civil War and after, or at least it has that theme. If song titles like “Barley In The Silo,” “The Blacksmith Song,” “The Shepherd,” “False Front” and “Town Square” don’t give it away, then the Western outfits the ’Dudes are wearing on the CDs photos will.
Being a huge fan of the Eagles’ “Desperado,” a concept album from 1973, I was
curious about this Subdudes CD. Just like “Desperado,” this album may be set in the Old West, but it touches on modern themes in a subtle way. But let us make no mistake in that no Western story would be complete without a female love interest, and this CD is no different.
“Flower Petals” opens with “Flower Petals Intro,” followed by the “Flower and the Fire,” and closes with “My Soul” and the instrumental, “Nightshade.” In between, there are 10 more songs, including “Standing Water,” “Sho’ Looks Guilty,” “Wedding Rites,”
“Redemption Dance” and “Flower Petals,” plus the prior five I mentioned. This CD is a story of heroism, love, greed, vengeance, betrayal and finally, redemption, and something totally unexpected from the Subdudes. I really like it!
Delbert McClinton is also back with his first new recording in more than four years. On “Acquired Taste,” Delbert and his band, Dick50, get into 14 songs, all written or co-written by Delbert that cover the range of hot soul, blues and smooth rhythm, country honk and blues that are trademark Delbert McClinton. “Mama’s Little Baby” is a jumpy blues tune reminiscent of “Shortnin’ Bread” from my childhood. “Starting a Rumour,” “Never Saw It Comin’,” “Until Then,” “Wouldn’t You Think,” “She’s Not There” and “Out Of My Mind” are classic, soulful torch songs from a jilted lover that Delbert does better than anybody.
“Do It,” “Can’t Nobody Say I Didn’t Try” and “Willie” are honky-tonk heartbreak songs that will have you looking for a beer. “I Need To Know” and “Cherry Street” are electric blues tunes done in the Muddy Waters, Tab Benoit and BB King style, with great guitar work from Kevin McKendree. “When She Cries at Night” is the closest thing to rock ’n’roll on the disc. Finally, the swinging, soulful jazz of “People Just Love to Talk” is about what gossip can do, with great lyrics like “If you don’t know somethin’/Don’t say nothin’.” You’ve got to love it.
All in all, this is an excellent recording, and one that you would come to expect from an artist as accomplished as Delbert McClinton.
Two upcoming releases I am very excited about are Radney Foster and the Confessions’ new CD, “Revival,” a 13-song disc scheduled for release on Tuesday, Sept. 1. On Tuesday, Sept. 15, Tom Russell is scheduled to release “Blood and Candle Smoke,” a 12-song effort that clocks in at over 60 minutes. I will let you know more about these two CDs when I hear them.