Motel Shot

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Motel Shot
Motel Shot.jpg
Studio album by Delaney & Bonnie and Friends
Released March 1971
Recorded 1971
Genre Country rock, folk rock
Length 45:46
Label Atco
Producer Delaney Bramlett
Delaney & Bonnie and Friends chronology
To Bonnie from Delaney
Motel Shot
D&B Together

Motel Shot is the fifth studio album by Delaney & Bonnie and Friends, released in 1971. The album, their third for Atco/Atlantic (catalog no. SD 33-358) and fifth overall, is a mostly acoustic set. The album's title refers to the impromptu, sometimes late-night, jam sessions pursued by touring musicians when on the road.

In the liner notes, Delaney Bramlett dedicates the album to "My mom who sang alto." Bonnie Bramlett wrote "If this album can make one person feel half of what I felt on this session, then I am happy. It is to all of you with love."

The album reached #65 on the Billboard album chart, and includes Delaney and Bonnie's biggest chart single, "Never Ending Song of Love", which peaked at #13. The New Seekers's version, released the same year was also a great success. Other standout tracks include "Long Road Ahead", "Sing My Way Home" and "Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad".

Guest musicians on the album include Leon Russell, Duane Allman, Dave Mason, John Hartford, Clarence White, Gram Parsons, and Bobby Whitlock.

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Track listing[edit]

  1. "Where the Soul Never Dies" (Traditional) - 3:24
  2. "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" (A.P. Carter) - 2:42
  3. "Rock of Ages" (Traditional) - 2:17
  4. "Long Road Ahead" (Delaney Bramlett, Bonnie Bramlett, Carl Radle) - 3:25
  5. "Faded Love" (Bob Wills, Johnnie Wills) - 4:03
  6. "Talkin' about Jesus" (Traditional) - 6:51
  7. "Come On In My Kitchen" (Robert Johnson) - 2:41
  8. "Don't Deceive Me (Please Don't Go)" (Chuck Willis) - 3:54
  9. "Never Ending Song of Love" (D. Bramlett) - 3:20
  10. "Sing My Way Home" (D. Bramlett) - 4:02
  11. "Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad" (Traditional, D. Bramlett) - 5:12
  12. "Lonesome and a Long Way from Home" (D. Bramlett, B. Bramlett, Leon Russell) - 3:55

Note that original pressings of the album credit "Come On In My Kitchen" not to Robert Johnson but to "Payne", a pseudonym under which some of Johnson's music was published at the time. (Original pressings of The Rolling Stones' 1969 album Let It Bleed credit Johnson's song "Love in Vain" in similar manner).



  • Producer: Delaney Bramlett
  • Recording engineers: Bruce Botnick, Richard Moore, Lewis Peters
  • Art direction: n/a
  • Photography: Barry Feinstein
  • Liner notes: Tom Wilkes