“AUSTIN, Texas — 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. On his fourth album, Bitin’ at the Bit (Red Chili Records; Feb. 18, 2014), the Fort Worth native delivers 12 perfectly seasoned tracks that showcase his range as a songwriter and performer. This time out, McClinton pays homage to some of his influences, including longtime family friend Gary Nicholson, who produced the album. Working together for the first time, they recorded at the Grammy winner’s Nashville studio, Fearless Recording. They also co-wrote many of what McClinton calls his best songs yet. His dad, Delbert, also shares writing credit on “Stories We Can Tell,” a Stonesy rocker, and “Beer Joint” — the latter of which contains contributions by “Hey Baby” legend Bruce Channel. Father and son also trade vocals on Delbert’s “Victim of Life’s Circumstances,” the title track of his 1975 ABC Reco”
"Quietly lurking in the shadows of the Texas music scene, the humble yet immensely talented Clay McClinton hits a home run with his newest release, “Livin’ Out Loud.” Methodically planning his own musical destination since he was a teenager Clay keeps a mental notebook full of tips from his dad and has used them wisely in conjunction with his genetic inheritance. He’s a natural born songwriter and his personable, distinctive voice bears intriguing warmth. In fact, there is warmth to this entire CD, a sign of someone who is comfortable with himself, combined with a natural ability for turning autobiographical stories into songs with appealing hooks and melodies. While he rarely mentions his heritage on stage, Clay is a part of an elite group of offspring who have well-known musical fathers or mothers. The parents deserve immense credit for raising sons and daughters with character, but credit the kids themselves for having the guts to make their own sound."