By Johnny Andreassen
With “Low Down” Delta Moon has made its tenth album, including a Tom Waits song (“Down in the Flood”) plus a Skip James blues. The rest is their own material. Since front men Tom Gray and Mark Johnson are both slide guitarists, it will automatically bring to mind a certain sense of Sonny Landreth and the gumbo rock of Little Feat.
All the way done with style and the versatility, putting you in å good listening position from the album starts till it ends!
I think our own Spoonful of Blues boys have found their way home with a song like “Afterglow”, and the J.J. Cale feeling of “Nothing You Can Tell A Fool” is not to be mistaken. The Jack Bruce / Robin Trower feeling of “Mean Streak” and the Anders Osborne nerve in the Dylan song is further proof of the quality of Delta Moon. The common denominator is Little Feat’s mix of roots rock, blues and gospel/country. That they make both the Tom Waits song and their opening track “Wrong Side Of Town” sound like prime-time Little Feat music is just a sign of quality.
A band who masters the full spectrum of American traditional music with such elegance and good taste should not squandered! Go for it!