Delta Moon wishes all our friends and fans a joyous and prosperous 2018. We love you and hope to see you soon.
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December 8, 2017 – Because of inclement weather, we’re sorry to say tonight’s show at the Crimson Moon in Dahlonega, Georgia, has been rescheduled for Friday, January 5.
Mark here. Although I usually let my guitar do my talking, I wanted to tell you about a song I wrote that Delta Moon has just recorded and released. It’s called “Christmas Time in New Orleans”.
The song was inspired by a trip I took with my wife many years ago to New Orleans. It was really cold and actually snowed on Christmas Eve. We house-sat all weekend In The French Quarter for a woman who ran the Congo Square Stage at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. I remember sitting around a wood burning stove trying to stay warm, listening to WWOZ on the radio and looking up at all these photos of famous musicians on the walls. We went to parties and shows with friends all weekend wearing Mardi Gras masks. It was snowing and all the oaks in City Park twinkled with thousands of Christmas lights. Christmas time in New Orleans.
It’s our first recording with Adam Goodhue on drums, a man who knows a thang or two about New Orleans drumming!
An early holiday gift. I hope you like it.
Artwork by Susan Archie.
“Christmas Time in New Orleans” recording session photo by Adam Goodhue.
Delta Moon is embarking on a whirlwind tour of Germany. With the shows listed below and private events, we’re working almost every night and will be home by Halloween.
Friday, October 20 – Earth Music, Wetter, Germany.
Saturday, October 21 – Tillmans, Chemnitz, Germany.
Sunday, October 22 – Kulturwelten, Helmbrechts, Germany.
Tuesday, October 24 – Die Eule, Bad Kissingen, Germany.
Wednesday, October 25 – Topos, Leverkusen, Germany.
Thursday, October 26 – All-die Kunsthaus, Velbert, Germany.
Friday, October 27 – Hamburg Blues Nights, Hamburg, Germany.
Photo by Fran Cea Photography
Delta Moon had a great trip to Canada. Our thanks to everyone who helped to make it such a success.
Here’s a blog journal of our northern adventures.
Look out, Canada. Here we come!
Delta Moon has made it home safely from our summer tour of Europe. Thanks, everyone, for a great time.
You can read Tom’s journal of the trip here.
We’re honored to learn that Delta Moon’s album Cabbagetown is the Number One CD on Blues411 Internet Radio this week. Thanks, guys!
Seems like we just got back, and here we go again. We’re pleased to be playing so many wonderful venues this summer. Our friend Paolo Xeres, a seasoned Delta Moon veteran, will join us on drums. See you soon, Europe!
Refugees, Violence and Poverty – Political Issues in Current Blues Songs
If you listen to new blues albums, more and more frequently you will find the most up-to-date political and social issues. Or old songs are re-interpreted, with the message still or always up-to-date. Here is small cross-section of current releases.
A deep groove from the Delta, a stoic riff of the guitars, a pearly piano and a story told by different voices. Suddenly one is in the middle in the flight over the Mediterranean. Delta Moon tell the story in “Refugee” from the point of view of the refugees, which you can see briefly in the news, but which hardly ever really reaches to our proximity. “Refugee” is a musically and textually perfect track, a song that you cannot play and hear often enough.
With his latest album “Migration Blues”, Eric Bibb draws the parallels between the escape from the Delta in search of a better life at the beginning of the 20th century and today’s refugee crisis in the Mediterranean. Thus he portrays the simple life in the Delta as well, the consequences of long-standing drought at that time, or praying for a safe coast. Accompanied by the French harp virtuoso Jean-Jaques Milteau and guests like Big Daddy Wilson, an album is created in the sound of the classic Delta blues, which is hardly to be surpassed for realness.
Unless one accesses “Manic Revelations” by songwriter Pokey LaFarge. In the sound of the soul of the ’50s and ’60s, the musician sings about revolts in the USA in the face of increasing police violence, from the escape from the news to the seemingly apolitical country. This comes with a partly intersecting humor, which can make the hardness more bearable.
And here Lafarge is akin to John Nemeth, the Soulblueser, who has been living in Memphis for a number of years. With him, the everyday gun violence in the US comes along in a loose-footed party sound and a call not to let the brains fog, as in the funk of the 60s. “They Never Pay Me” by Gina Sicilia, on the other hand, is musically close to the blues singers of the 1920s, a lament about poverty and social injustice.
Blues was already in its beginnings more than music for the entertainment or the temporary escape from the everyday life with dance. Blues musicians have always told their songs of social issues, of the experience of injustice and violence, but also of the joy of developments for the good. This function of the blues musicians as political and social commentators led to the soul music of the ’50s and ’60s. And then the rappers more and more took over this position. But times such as today lead to the fact that the blues musicians are more aware of their social function. The artists listed here are probably only a part of the current scene, an encouragement to go out on their own to search for songs beyond the pub, dance and love-affair.