Review of Low Down in Hooked on Music (Germany)

Delta Moon – Low Down, 2015

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By Frank Ipach, April 12, 2015

When I first heard DELTA MOON almost ten years ago and listened to their former album Howlin’, I was less than enthusiastic. Good bluesy and throaty sound, but a weak female singer. Luckily, starting with the 2007 album “Clear Blue Flame” we went steadily upwards.

The singer was released and the two gray heads of the band from Atlanta, Tom Gray and Mark Johnson, developed over the years their damn gripping and engaging trademark sound, which they themselves outline humbly as follows: “We call it a voice, a groove and two slide guitars .” Bassist and drummer Franher Joseph and Vic Stafford occupy an exceptionally important role. They form the groovy heart that allows the homegrown plants of the masterminds Gray and Johnson to pulsate.

DELTA MOON present on their committed and lustfully played album Low Down, in addition to their own superb songs, covers by Bob Dylan, Tom Waits and Skip James, which absolutely have it in them. Memories of such bands as LITTLE FEAT and LITTLE VILLAGE (Ry Cooder’s short-term collaboration with John Hiatt, Nick Lowe and Jim Keltner) creep up on one while listening through this great disc. Friends of BLACKIE & THE RODEO KINGS will certainly have fun with Low Down. Anyone who likes an earthy, groovy, Southern-tinged blues and Americana sound must not ignore DELTA MOON, for God’s sake. In short, a great band. Currently on tour in Germany.

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