Review of Cabbagetown by Smoky Mountain Blues Society

Delta Moon – Cabbagetown

CD Review – March 2017

Blue Barry – Smoky Mountain Blues Society

Following up on their blues award winning CD “Low Down,” Delta Moon has another thriller out, their eighth CD, “Cabbagetown.”  It just follows right in the steps of “Low Down.”  This four-piece Atlanta based blues group has toured the United States, Canada and just finished a European tour.  They won the 2003 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, and have been touring ever since.  With two slide players you might  think they would get in each others way.  Not the case.  Tom Gray; vocals, lap steel, guitar, keys, and harmonica, works perfectly with Mark Johnson on guitar, banjo, backing vocals and bottleneck guitar.  “Cabbagetown Shuffle,” is proof of that.  Tom wrote fours songs, he and the band wrote all of the rest, except for Son House’s “Death Letter Blues.”   Their rendition of this old classic is wonderful with Jon Liebman adding some great harmonica.  Their previous release “Low Down,” won the best blues record of the year by both Downbeat and Blues Music Magazine.  I have seen them several times, and they are just killer.  With Franher Joseph on bass and backing vocals, and Marion Patton on drums this band brings the Delta to your home.  Beautiful slide licks, long, soft, slippery and not too much.  Great vocals, with a little salt and mud.  You can hear every instrument.  It’s just flat out good music.  If you are a slide player you want to hear this.  You will get lots of ideas from it.  Why not go to and see for yourself.  You can also find examples on you tube.  They have even been featured on television shows such as Showtime, Lifetime, and the Food Network!  A veteran, well-traveled blues band, that knows what they are doing.  I highly recommend this CD.  Give them a listen.  If you haven’t seen them, start looking for them near your town.  One of my favorite groups.  One love, blue barry – smoky mountain blues society.

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