Delta Moon – Black Cat Oil
By Paul Scholman
(Translated from Dutch)
Delta Moon — the name is already gorgeous. Black Cat Oil is the newest, the sixth from this Georgia group. The first two CDs were with singer Gina Leigh. After she leftcame replacement singer Kristen Markiton, andwhen she later alsoleft the band the two founders Mark Johnson and Tom Gray,together an excellent slide tandem, decided notto replace her, and Tom Gray took on the vocals for his account. Tom’s voice, a bit rough, sounds good with the doubleslide guitars, which evoke in me somethingof JJ Cale and the late Warren Zevon. I think a nice comparison.
Southern Swamp with two slide guitars sounds nice and creamy, swampy, southern rocky and leans a bit country. With headphones on, you struggle with relaxedness not to turn into a complete road hiker. Not that it’s boring, but that is the peace that this CD exudes. Hell Bound Train, their previous CD, was already great, and Black Cat Oil sits nearby.
Tom Gray of Delta Moon is the songwriterand writes most of the songs, generally with a certain tranquility, but occasionally an uptempo song comes up from his toes. This is roots music blended with a genuine whiskeyvoice and there will undoubtedly be some smoke and black coffee, but that’s only for the better.
Gray was voted “Blues Songwriter of the Year 2008” by The American Roots Music Association.Hop out the nearestrecord dealer, even though these daysthey are hard to find. Unfortunately, they die off and only the strong remain, and those are the ones who have an eye for quality. Delta Moon with Black Cat Oil offers this quality.