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Delta Moon

Delta Moon possess an instantly recognizable sound that evokes classic swamp pop, bar band blues, and roadhouse roots rock wrapped in tight, artfully arranged and hook-laden original tunes and covers. The band was formed in the late 1990s by vocalist, songwriter, and lap steel guitarist Tom Gray (formerly of the Brains) and slide guitarist Mark Johnson. The pair met by chance in an Atlanta music store. Gray, a professional songwriter, penned "Money Changes Everything" (the Cyndi Lauper hit) as well as songs covered by many other artists including John Brannen, Manfred Mann, Carlene Carter, and Bonnie Bramlett. Johnson was a founding member of Atlanta's Crawdaddies before working with Gray. The pair began playing together anywhere they could, from coffee shops to street fairs to clubs. They established their trademark twin slide guitar sound that owes more to Little Feat than the Allman Brothers. Their first vocalist was Gina Leigh, who appeared on the band's self-released, self-titled debut offering in 2002. A year later, they won the International Blues Challenge and issued a live album. Goin' Down South followed in 2004 and marked Leigh's recorded departure. She was replaced by Kristin Markiton, who joined in time for the band's fourth studio offering, Howlin', in 2005, which was the first to feature Haitian bassist Franher Joseph and drummer Darren Stanley (who was replaced by Vic Stafford in 2015). Markiton left in 2006 to pursue her own career and Gray took over the microphone for 2007's Clear Blue Flame. The album featured a radically reworked version of "Money Changes Everything." Though making records was important, the road was where Delta Moon spent their time growing as a band. They relentlessly toured the continental U.S. and also did shows at several European blues festivals. Hell Bound Train was issued in 2010, followed by Black Cat Oil two years later. Needing a break from the recording studio while continuing to tour, Delta Moon placated fans -- and expanded their reputation -- by self-issuing a pair of live albums in 2013: Life's a Song and Turn Around When Possible. Both records got enormous critical notice Delta Moon's unique update of vintage roots sounds. Their repertoire, while chock-full of fine original songs, also included uniquely arranged covers of classic blues, pop, and R&B tunes. (2004's Goin' Down South had foreshadowed this with a reading of the David Bowie-Iggy Pop classic "Nightclubbing," done as a spooky blues.) The band's breakthrough occurred with 2015's Low Down. The 12-track set featured nine Gray tunes as well as compelling covers of songs by Skip James ("Hard Time Killing Floor Blues"), Bob Dylan ("Down in the Flood"), and Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan (the title track). The album made many critics' year-end blues lists, but the road still beckoned: Delta Moon spent the better part of the next two years working it, playing headline gigs in higher profile clubs and prestigious festival stages across the U.S., Canada, and Europe. After a short break, Delta Moon emerged with Cabbagetown in the early fall of 2017; among its nine tracks -- many written by the band with Larkin Poe's Marlon Patton -- was a striking cover of Son House's "Death Letter." ~ Thom Jurek
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Delta Moon

    Modern Blues

    Modern Blues
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Albums by
Delta Moon

Top Songs by
Delta Moon

  1.   Song
  2.   You'll Never Get to Heaven on a Hellbound Train
  3.   Write Me a Few of Your Lines
  4.   Black Cat Oil
  5.   Ghost in My Guitar
  6.   I Want to Go
  7.   Lonely
  8.   Down and Dirty
  9.   Blue Highway
  10.   Down In the Food
  11.   Sing Together
  12.   Lap Dog
  13.   All She Wrote
  14.   Stone Cold Man
  15.   Refugees
  16.   21st Century Man
  17.   Open All Night
  18.   Afterglow
  19.   You Got to Move
  20.   Stuck in Carolina
  21.   Get Gone
  22.   That's It
  23.   Jessie Mae
  24.   Clear Blue Flame
  25.   You Done Told Everybody
  26.   Life's a Song
  27.   Poplar Grove
  28.   Coolest Fools
  29.   Mad About You
  30.   Shake Something Loose
  31.   Nothing You Can Tell a Fool
  32.   Black Coffee
  33.   Blues in a Bottle
  34.   Dreams Come Real
  35.   Neon Jesus
  36.   Low Country Boil
  37.   Officer
  38.   Death Letter
  39.   Trouble in the Home
  40.   Just Lucky I Guess
  41.   Room 429
  42.   Wrong Side of Town
  43.   Rock and Roll Girl
  44.   Tilt-a-Whirl
  45.   Cabbagetown Shuffle
  46.   Jacky Ray
  47.   Mayfly
  48.   Lowdown
  49.   Applejack
  50.   Jukin'
  51.   Wishbone
  52.   Walk Out in the River
  53.   True Love Lies
  54.   Take the Back Road Home
  55.   Ain't No Train
  56.   Blind Spot
  57.   Money Changes Everything
  58.   I'm a Witness
  59.   Higher Ground
  60.   Goin' Down South
  61.   Nobody Knows
  62.   Jelly Roll
  63.   Must Be Lonely
  64.   Cool Your Jets
  65.   The Day Before Tomorrow
  66.   You Don't Have to Go
  67.   Hard Time Killing Floor Blues
  68.   Stranger in My Hometown
  69.   Nightclubbing
  70.   Let Tomorrow Be
  71.   I'll Die Trying
  72.   Plantation Song
  73.   Midnight Train
  74.   Spark In the Dark
  75.   Mean Streak
  76.   Sunshine
  77.   Christmas Time In New Orleans

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