Saturday filled morning to night with music |

Saturday filled morning to night with music

Autumn Phillips
Sky-Hi Daily News
Winter Park, Colorado

Saturday will be a seamless day for music fans.

During the day, Hideaway Park will be filled with the sounds of Delbert McClinton, with his tangled genres and raspy voice.

That night, music lovers can cross the street to hear Teresa James play at Smokin’ Moes – backed by members of Delbert McClinton’s band.

John Catt, the music promoter who is bringing Teresa James to Winter Park through the Grand County Blues Society, said he invited her because of the way her music complements Delbert McClinton.

“I know exactly what he meant,” James said. “Because my music reflects all different influences. I’m from Texas and Texas has that heritage of people coming from all over – Cajun, Mexican and German.

“It’s always been kind of hard knowing where to market our music. It’s blues. It’s soulful. It’s got a lot of Louisiana influences but some people think we’re country.”

Though her music Saturday night will focus on her blues, James’ latest CD titled “By Request” is 100 percent classic country and features a duet of ” Crying Time” with Delbert McClinton.

The album came out last year in a limited release. It originated at a friend’s North Carolina sweet potato farm. After the harvest every year, the farmer puts a stage in his warehouse and invited Delbert, Teresa James and a few other musicians to play a big party.

“I’ve been playing it for 8 or 9 years. Delbert’s been playing it for 15 years,” James said.

The albums title, “By Request,” reflects the requests on the album from the farmer, from James’ dad and one from her husband.

“It’s not a commercial country album,” she said. “We put whatever we wanted on there.”

That “play what you love” attitude is the same approach James brings to her live shows.

On Saturday, she said, “there will be a certain amount of winging it. There will be some old blues standards, but it will be a real spontaneous show. I put on a casual show.

“I tend to make everybody feel at home. I like to make that connection between the musicians on stage and the people in the audience. I like it when that electrical loop forms, that current is what makes it fun.”

Teresa James has performed with Levon Helm, Delbert McClinton, Bonnie Raitt, Kirk Whalum, Marcia Ball, Tommy Castro, Al Anderson, Asleep at the Wheel and Lee Roy Parnell. Her voice is featured on albums by Kirk Whalum, Randy Newman, Tommy Castro, Lee Roy Parnell, Walter Trout, Stephen Bruton and Glen Clark. She and her band can be heard in the Disney movie, “Holes.”

– To reach Autumn Phillips call 887-3334 ext. 19600 or e-mail

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