Grammy Award-winner Delbert McClinton coming to Sampson

By: By Chase Jordan -

After taking a brief hiatus, the excitement of the Williams Lake Dance Club is returning to Sampson County with Delbert McClinton.

Event organizer Robert Honeycutt is looking forward to the event scheduled for Sept. 30 at the Agri-Exposition Center, 414 Warsaw Road, Clinton. McClinton, a blues rock and electric blues singer has recorded albums that have reached the top of Billboard charts.

“It will be another big sellout crowd and we’ll probably be turning people away at the door because this guy is an international star,” Honeycutt said about the Grammy award-winner.

He’s used to bringing big stars to Sampson County. Honeycutt organized the show, which began as a reunion in 2008. After the first event, it became a success wit sold-out crowds. The Impressions, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Group, preformed in 2015. It was labeled as the last show for the Williams Lake Dance Club. In the spirit of music and the legacy of Williams Lake, Honeycutt wanted it to return.

“This is just another way of bringing people together,” he said. “Music is a universal language.”

The historical Williams Lake in the Mingo Township was operated by the late Clayton and Lilian Williams. Located off U.S. 13, it was open from 1932 through the early 1970s. Honeycutt was involved with management from 1965 through 1969, brought in many music acts. Some of them include Martha and the Vendellas, Mary Wells, Buddy Skipper and Jackie Wilson.

In 2015, the show marked 50 years since he began in 1965. In September, he plans to keep tradition going through the music of McClinton. After watching him perform, Honeycutt wanted local residents to have the same experience.

“I’ve been a big fan for years and I love his music,” Honeycutt said about the Texas raised performer. “I love to see him perform.”

McClinton musical career goes back to the early 1960s and recorded more than 20 albums. He is also the master of several instruments including the guitar, harmonica and piano. McClinton’s harmonica talents were featured on the hit “Hey Baby” by Bruce Channel.

The event will begin at 4 p.m. with a pig pickin’ and a social, which is included in the price of the ticket. There will also be a cash bar. At 6 p.m. the music will begin with Jim Quick & Coastline opening the the show. McClinton is scheduled to perform near 8:30 p.m.

In eight years, the event at the Agri-Exposition Center have raised $50,000 for local charity organizations. Some of them include the Wounded Warriors Project, Relay For Life in Sampson and Harnett counties, Sampson County Shrine Club, and the Sampson County Department of Aging.

Honeycutt also credited sponsors for the event. Some of them include Deacon Jones Automotive of Clinton, Edward Jones Investment, Billy Lockamy of Lockamy/Tek Insurance, Charles Dubose of Dubose Strapping, Select Bank, and DJ Robert Stroud of “Boogie Shoes Radio Network,” 1170 WCLN AM.

McClinton Courtesy photo

Williams Lake Dance Club, open from 1932 to 1970 off U.S. 13 in Sampson County, hosted big names in music during its heyday. The spirit of Williams Lake will be alive again at the end of September. Lake Dance Club, open from 1932 to 1970 off U.S. 13 in Sampson County, hosted big names in music during its heyday. The spirit of Williams Lake will be alive again at the end of September. Courtesy photo
Grammy Award-winner to headline Williams Lake return

By Chase Jordan

Tickets start at $55. For a closer view to the stage and access to the dance floor, tickets are $60. Anyone who purchased tickets in 2015, have until Aug. 7 to buy a new ticket or table. On Aug. 8, tickets will go on sale to the general public.

For more information about the show or tickets, contact Honeycutt at 910-214-2858 or the Sampson Agri-Exposition Center at 910-592-7200. Information is also available online at or the “Remember Williams Lake” Facebook page.