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Review of Low Down in Blues in the Northwest (UK)

Blues in the Northwest

Delta Moon

Low Down

Jumping Jack Records

By Steve Yourglivch

Delta Moon are a long established and well respected act on the American circuit and on this, their 10th album release, it’s easy to see why. With twin slide guitarists Tom Gray and Mark Johnson perfectly complementing each other across nine new original songs and three well-chosen covers and the rhythm section in the groove all the way this oozes class. Never too in your face, but everything in perfect harmony. The originals are all well written as one would expect from one time Blues Songwriter of the Year Tom Gray, who as well as slide provides lead vocals, keys and harp. Of the originals I personally prefer the slightly tougher edged tunes like “Mean Streak” and “Spark In The Dark”.The three covers are all highlights, title track “Lowdown” by Tom Waits, the ominous “Down In The Flood” by Dylan and the menacing “Hard Time Killing Floor Blues” by Skip James all benefit from the Delta Moon treatment. The band show they are no one trick ponies throughout, never more so then on “Mayfly” a lovely up tempo piece of classic country rock and on “Open All Night” with its Bo Diddly undertones. All in all a highly recommended album for fans of well written and performed contemporary blues.

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