Delta Moon – Low Down
By Chris Martin
Dishing out nasty Blues music for well over 10 years Atlanta’s Delta Moon has built quite a loyal following. Folks around the world flock to their shows and devour their alums built around classic blues sounds. Tom Gray’s smooth guitar playing is complemented by Mark Johnson’s nasty blues riffs to create the Delta Moon sound fans have come to love. The latest record – Low Down – is another enjoyable release that finds the band stealing from classic sounds of the past transforming them into their own original music. On “Nothing You Can Tell a Fool” swampy guitars navigate through an abundance of toe-tapping rhythms as Gray’s gruff vocals sing about the ignorance of a fool. A heavy dose of Southern soul invades listener’s ears on “Open All Night”. The upbeat tune possesses juke joint qualities painting a vivid picture of people shaking their tail feathers in a smoky club or tiny shack. Delta Moon strips things down with the brooding “Hard Time Killing Floor Blues”. Gray provides sparse vocals as his dobro mastery and Johnson’s steel guitar provide the haunting soundtrack. A great cross section of Delta Moons music is the rocking “Afterglow”. The tune is part Texas, part Mississippi, part Chicago and all Atlanta. Low Down is another fine release of soulful music from the veteran blues band.