Song of the Day: Delbert McClinton, “Every Time I Roll The Dice”

Blues-rock singer-songwriter Delbert McClinton turns 81 years young today. Wikipedia says "…he has recorded albums for several major record labels and singles that have reached the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, Mainstream Rock Tracks, and Hot Country Songs charts…[and] has earned four Grammy awards." "Every Time I Roll The Dice" is from 1992, when it reached #13 on the Mainstream Rock chart and #40 in Canada. From the looks of the stage, this is part of a video of PBS’s Austin City Limits.

5 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Delbert McClinton, “Every Time I Roll The Dice”

  1. I just discovered you today John and am enjoying your selections. A search for Lenoid and Friends “Speck of Dust” brought me here this time, rather than my usual L&F you tube. They are approaching the end of their 2021 tour and already booked some 2022 tour stops. I saw them Oct 6 from the center front row in Columbia. Held tickets from the cancelled 2020 tour and had been waiting anxiously to see them in person since 2017. You can follow them from tour stop to stop and see some of the individual musicians and singers posts in between gigs. They videoed a visit to a horse ranch near Milwaukee When in Tennessee they had a free day and went to Broadway in Nashville, Music City. Fun to check in with L&F every day while in America. Thank you for this blog. I look forward to watching everything you have already posted and more.
    Was surprised and glad to see Delbert Mclinton. He did a small outdoor gig in quaint Leiper’s Fork Lawnchair Theater in 2019 and was a hit. Though very different than Chicago and Earth, Wind and Fire, with a tinge of country twang and growl, and his horns, I would like to see L&F do “Every Time I Throw The Dice to give Music City a nod. If you agree, please write to Lenoid and help me persuade him. I requested Earth, Wind, and Fire a oupke of years ago and am so happy they have some in the tour along list now. I have no I’d eat if my request had anything to so with it, but they blow EW&F just as well as Chicago. I think they could be ranked higher internationally, if they did more. They are sure rapidly winning more US hearts. What a story Lenoid and the band has. I have “followed” you and look forward to more of your finds and posts. Thanks. Tennessee Barb


    1. Hi, Barbara, and thanks for commenting! L&F have broadened their scope tremendously since they got started. The first time I heard them, all I could think was “these guys sound more like Chicago does than Chicago.” I’m not sure if you’ve heard their cover of The Ides Of March’s “Vehicle,” but it was so good that Jim Peterik said he thought he was listening to himself. They are all superb musicians and singers, and I’ve said on more than one occasion that Ksenia Buzina should be an international star. She’s drop-dead beautiful, intelligent, and a remarkable singer. Leonid is a musical genius, to be able to transcribe and arrange all the music he has.

      I guess, because I’m from Chicago, I feel a certain kinship with the band because they do music from the Chicago bands (Chicago, EWF, The Ides of March) so well. I’d like to hear more of those bands plus Blood Sweat & Tears (they covered “Spinning Wheel” a while back and I’d love to hear “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy”), Lighthouse’s “One Fine Morning” (that one has horns and strings), Crow’s “Evil Woman,” and a few from Tower of Power and Kool & The Gang. And yes, “Every Time I Throw The Dice” would be a hell of a cover…

      Do you have a blog?


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