By John Stracey
DELTA MOON – HELL BOUND TRAIN
If you’re very lucky… you might just catch Delta Moon rolling down the tracks to a venue near you playing their new album ‘Hell Bound Train’, featuring the unmistakable whisky voice of Tom Gray on lap steel guitar perfectly in synch with Mark Johnson on bottleneck slide guitar along with Franher Joseph on bass and Darren Stanley on drums & percussion. One listen to this album and it’s easy to see why Tom Gray was voted ‘Blues Songwriter of the Year’ at the 2008 Roots Music Association Music Industry Awards and had songs recorded by Cyndi Lauper, Manfred Mann and Bonnie Bramlett to name just a few!
‘Hell Bound Train’ is raw contemporary southern blues music that has its roots firmly down the Mississippi delta! Atlanta based Delta Moon feature dual slide guitars and a tight pulsating rhythm section that forge infectious tunes with honest heartfelt lyrics that defy any listener not to be moved, because if these songs can’t get you doing the ‘Dixie Chicken’… then you know your goose is well and truly cooked. Only after the first five tracks have got you well and truly onboard do the band find time to tip their hats to Mississippi legend Fred McDowell, covering his classic ‘You Gotta Move’. Five more original cuts follow confirming what you probably already know, which is that something special sure makes ‘Hell Bound Train’ compelling listening! Could it be your emotions have been stirred by those damn fine lyrics howled at the moon, telling tragic tales of life on the edge influenced by each roll of the dice, or maybe it’s the sound of twin slide guitars and infectious rhythms urging you to get up and boogie that make it so addictive… maybe I should let you decide?