Posts (Switzerland) names Low Down one of the Top 25 Albums of 2015

TOP 25 Albums 2015

 Vintage Delta Moon Randall 

  1. 1 Hopeful RdVintage Trouble
  2. Low DownDelta Moon
  3. Devil MusicRandall Bramblett
  4. 3 ShotsHollis Brown
  5. Method To My MadnessTommy Castro And The Painkillers
  6. MonoMavericks
  7. All Right NowLilly Martin feat. Ellis Hall
  8. Gates of GoldLos Lobos
  9. Panhandle RamblerJoe Ely
  10. Busted Jukebox, Vol. 1Shovels & Rope
  11. Meet Me In BlueslandKentucky Headhunters With Johnnie Johnson
  12. Ol’ GloryJJ Grey & Mofro
  13. Keep Coming BackMike Zito & The Wheel
  14. HWY 62Peter Case
  15. A Fool To Care (Deluxe Edition)Boz Scaggs
  16. Cass County (Deluxe Edition)Don Henley
  17. Born To Play GuitarBuddy Guy
  18. TravellerChris Stapleton
  19. Get Loud!Dan Baird & Homemade Sin
  20. Hot DishThe Jimmys
  21. UncoveredShawn Colvin
  22. TerraplaneSteve Earle
  23. This Is From HereHarrison Kennedy
  24. Don’t Look Back: The Muscle Shoals SessionsRoyal Southern Brotherhood
  25. Ten Miles Of Bad Road-Karen Lovely

Review of Low Down in the Examiner

The Examiner

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.

Review of Low Down in SoundGuardian (Croatia)

SoundGuardian (Follow this link for the original Croatian text.)

Blues Corner
Delta Moon – Low Down

Six months ago, precisely on May 5, the labels Jumping Jack Records and Landslide Records released the album Low Down, recorded by the band Delta Moon. Who are they ? What is it about? Certainly nothing wrong, because they are promoted all over the world by Betsie Brown’s promotional house Blind Raccoon from Memphis.

Dynamic slide guitarist, harpist, singer and keyboardist Tom Gray and his “Blues Brother” Mark Johnson decided the only way to break the perception of what music is and what it can actually become. To simply stay “PAF”, this album is the tenth album in the series! Album offers us nine original compositions and three covers. The team that, in addition to Tom and Mark, makes Delta Moon is: Franher Joseph (bass), Marlon Patton (drums) and backing vocalists Anna Kramer and Francine Reed.

This band has very much established itself on the world blues scene. After winning the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in 2003, the band started touring significantly in the United States, Canada and Europe. In particular they have left their mark in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Austria and Poland. Establishment proceeded rather quickly within the blues milieu, so that today Delta Moon name is something  that will always be recognized. Their album Low Down brings to us music, brings the blues in its primordial meaning and existence. The album echoes with  sounds of traditional blues and intoxicating slide, whose unobtrusive sound attracts the attention of the audience.

After several repeated listenings, Tom and company are very active in the musical will of the listener. To immediately understand each other, there’s too much wisdom, all lies in the ease of access, but also in presentation  form. It as such, with its beauty and sensuality literally sticks and collects all its fans, and they are more than a few.

To enjoy the true Delta blues, seek the album Low Down by Delta Moon, about which the famous writer, winner of the prestigious award for journalism KBA, Dave Rubin writes: “Delta Moon is as deep and evocative as a late night stroll down the back roads of Mississippi. Like figurative hell hounds, Gray and Johnson haunt the blues trail of the mind, spirit and body.” And it is 100% accurate. Anyway, see for yourself!

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Low Down Review in La Hora del Blues (Spain)

La Hora del Blues

Delta Moon

Low Down

Tom Gray and Mark Johnson are two excellent slide guitar player who come back again to bring us his tenth album that includes nine original songs and three beautiful covers. This time Gray sings and plays guitars, keyboards and harmonica, Mark is on guitar and backing vocals, while Franher Joseph is on bass and backing vocals together with Marlon Patton who plays drums. Both guitars met by chance in a music store in Atlanta. They started to talk and Tom tried to sell Mark a dobro on the back of his van. After haggling over, Mark did not buy it, but they exchanged telephones and shortly after they were playing together in joints, bars and clubs of Atlanta area. The album picks up all those original rhythms of the shady and dark Mississippi roads with a unique intensity and a fine quality, driving us to those hidden road bars, where blues and Americana music come together and become an essential part of that special landscape, which becomes familiar to every one who loves this kind of music. GREAT.

Low Down Review in Blues Music Magazine (USA)

Blues Music Magazine

Delta Moon

Low Down

By Rev. Keith A. Gordon

Formed by singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Tom Gray and guitarist Mark Johnson, Delta Moon won the International Blues Challenge in 2003, and they’ve since released ten critically acclaimed studio and live albums. Low Down is the latest in a string of artfully-crafted roots ‘n’ blues collections, and the follow-up to the band’s 2012 album Black Cat Oil. With nine Gray originals or co-writes and three choice covers, Low Down takes the next step towards cementing Delta Moon’s legacy as one of America’s best roots-rock outfits.

The band’s basic sound doesn’t vary much from album to album – it’s all a heady musical gumbo of rock, blues, and soul with heavy Delta influences. Gray simply adds a few new ingredients to the stew each time around, such as with “Afterglow,” which mixes New Orleans-styled marching band drums with drawled, gruff vocals and stinging blues guitar. Gray’s rough-hewn vocals growl and snarl their way through “Mean Streak,” mixing a bit of Memphis soul with a Southern rock vibe, while the up-tempo “Open All Night” blends 1970s-era rock with exotic percussion. The Tom Waits-penned title track is dirtied up with some Mississippi mud, Gray’s serpentine lap steel adding a welcome twang to the song’s foot-shuffling arrangement.

An inspired cover of Dylan’s “Down In The Flood” is provided the full Delta treatment with a groove so languid that you can feel the kudzu hanging from every word. Gray’s interpretation of Skip James’ classic “Hard Time Killing Floor Blues” is both faithful to the traditional, yet so radically adventuresome that it’s hard to know where to start. The original’s hypnotizing guitar line is slowed down and enhanced, provided a Piedmont blues similarity while a weeping background guitar enhances Gray’s breathless vocals. It’s a phenomenal performance of a familiar and frequently recorded song, but Delta Moon manages to imbue James’ original take with additional pathos and menace. As shown by Low Down, it’s Delta Moon’s ability to connect with a song’s heart – whether an original composition or a cover – that puts them in a league with better-known fellow travelers like Watermelon Slim and the Workers and the Nighthawks.

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.

Review of Low Down in Blues Society of Tulsa Newsletter

Blues Society of Tulsa

Delta Moon

Low Down

(Jumping Jack Records)

Delta Moon front man Tom Gray has been blessed with one of those gravely blues voices that truly accentuates his fine songwriting and melodies. Add to this his talent on guitar, lap steel, keyboards and harmonica and he is such a well-rounded artist. Low Down features nine original tunes starting off with “Wrong Side of Town” taking this album off to a blues-rocking start. The rest of Delta Moon certainly does their part with Mark Johnson, guitar, Franher Joseph, bass and Marlon Patton, drums and percussion. The band’s version of Tom Waits’ “Lowdown” is a perfect fit. This is a very good album.

Billy Austin