.

Delta Deep - Delta Deep

.
Listening to the musicians on blues-saturated Delta Deep's self-titled album, you may likely assume this is some young, up-and-coming American music act; one, perhaps, influenced by, say, Black Keys and its super successful update of blues music. However, if you closely read the credits you'll learn the act is led by Debbi Blackwell-Cook, who is actually a 62 year old music veteran that's spent time as both as a church singer and a Luther Vandross (among others) backing vocalist. Keep in mind: you don't get the opportunity to sing alongside soul legends (like Vandross) unless you're one heck of a singer yourself. And Blackwell is just that. She truly 'gets down' on this powerful effort.

Furthermore, one of Blackwell-Cook's unlikely band mates is Robert DeLeo, bassist for Stone Temple Pilots. Additionally, special guests on this hard rocking blues extravaganza include Whitesnake's David Coverdale (trading lines with Blackwell on "Private Number") and Def Leppard's Joe Elliott, joining Black well to sing "Mistreated." Heck, even Paul Cook -- who played drums with the Sex Pistols -- pounds the skins during "Private Number."

Younger people that now hear Brittany Howard shout the blues-rock with Alabama Shakes, may not realize the long history of this great style of music. With no disrespect to bands like Whitesnake and Def Leppard, but American and British heavy metal has many times watered down the blues to the point where it's soulful power has been replaced by ineffective bombast. Even Led Zeppelin has watered down the drink a bit, although to a lesser extent. Delta Deep has done us the service of restoring the genre to its rightful, no chaser place.

The mixture of hard rocking instrumentation and soulful harmonized backing vocals on "Black Coffee" is truly a thing of beauty, and the way Blackwell-Cook giggles at the end of "Feelit" is just so much fun. If 'musicians' with their banks of computers and ditsy divas are leaving you cold, Delta Deep is nearly certain to warm our soul.

Delta Deep - Delta Deep
Rating:

Share this article

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Pin it Share on Reddit email this article