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WED 30

Hay is for horses... and so's Turkey Day.
Hay is for horses... and so's Turkey Day.

It's all well and good to be a hungry young musician, clawing your way to the top, salivating after fame and fortune. But it's even more satisfying to be a wrinkled old honky-tonker who doesn't need airplay or MTV, because you've got your own party going on. Just ask Delbert McClinton. He knows what it was like to play roadhouses and open for Howlin' Wolf and Sonny Boy Williamson. He's featured on the 1962 hit "Hey, Baby" and inspired elements of the movie The Blues Brothers. He's been in the position to give a little advice to up-and-comers; he gave John Lennon a harmonica lesson that resulted in the sound on "Love Me Do." Now, the 65-year-old blues/country/rock artist has his Grammy, his clippings from the zillion rags that consider him a god, and an incredibly loyal following that joins him on an annual party cruise to the Caribbean. No wonder he also has a big ol' smile all the time. McClinton plays the Carefree Theater (2000 S. Dixie Hwy., West Palm Beach) tonight at 8. Tickets cost $38. Visit www.fantasma.com, or call 561-966-3309. (DF)

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