Review of Low Down, WTJU, Charlottesville, Virginia

New Blues News – 4/21/2015

WTJU, Charlottesville, VA

Apr 21st, 2015

By Dave Rogers

Delta Moon – Low Down (Jumping Jack): Journeyman blues quartet from Atlanta, featuring Tom Gray (lead vocals, lap steel, guitar, keys, harp), Mark Johnson (g, vox), Franher Joseph (b, vox) and Marion Patton (d) with additional backing vocals by Anna Kramer and Francine Reed.  The style is basic blues with some rock effects and a laid back attitude. The light rasp in Gray’s voice adds a nice feeling of road-wear to the band’s performance.  The vocals are without frills and while never ornate or wrought up, the music is well blended and effective.  Nine of the songs are originals (“Nothing You Can Tell A Fool” is a standout) and the band does a nice job of their covers of Tom Waits’ “Low Down”, Dylan’s “Down In The Flood” and Skip James’ “Hard Time Killing Floor Blues”.