Delbert McClinton has made the "Sandy Beaches" Carribean musical cruises a richly rewarding experience, as evidenced on the entertaining DVD Rocking the Boat: A Musical Conversation and Journey.
Collecting friends and influential players, McClinton is savvy in stacking the cruise with notables, booking the likes of Jimmy Hall, Al Anderson, Marcia Ball and Tommy Castro, all who perform on the video disc. The surprises pop up when Rodney Crowell is joined by Will Kimbrough on "Dancing Circles Around the Sun" and the title track to Fates Right Hand. Castro rips through a searing "Wake-Up Call," and former boxer Paul Thorn gets the crowd up and moving to his gospel inflected "Mission Temple Fireworks Stand."
Filmed by Jay Curlee, the cruise includes stories and reflective jokes surrounding McClinton’s close knit contemporaries. But, the host has the spotlight, as McClinton fires up "Two More Bottles of Wine" and "Hammerhead Stew" with aplomb. Delbert shows why, after more than 20 years, he continuously remains a contender for blues entertainer of the year. With bonus material and performances that add an extra hour, including nods by Buddy Miller and Teresa James, Rocking the Boat is a career spanning document that expands far beyond the first rate quality of the "Sandy Beaches" cruises, and offers insight into the legendary history of powerhouse vocalist Delbert McClinton.
Rocking the Boat: A Musical Conversation and Journey is out now on JC Communications.