Ask Delbert McClinton what he set out to do on his new album, Prick of the Litter, and he just laughs.
"What did I intend to do with it? We set out to make not just a record, but to make a great record -- and I think we did it," the veteran bluesman says of the album, which comes out Jan. 27 and is premiering exclusively below (Pre-order it here). "That's good enough, I think."
Prick of The Litter, featuring guest appearances by Jimmie Vaughan and Lou Ann Barton on the opening track "Don't Do It," is McClinton's 25th studio album and first since 2013's Blind, Crippled and Crazy. He recorded it with his Self-Made Men band at co-producer and keyboardist Kevin McKendree's Rock House studio in Franklin, Tenn., and McClinton says the sextet really jelled on the 12-song set. "These guys I've been working with now for going on five years," McClinton says. "It's the best band I ever played with in my life. Everybody is so into it and we all have so much fun making music together. It just doesn't get any better than that, to be able to spend your time working with people you have so much admiration for. That just goes through the whole thing."