Tom Gray of Delta Moon Wins Blues Songwriter Award

Blues artist Tom Gray, of the band Delta Moon, won the “Blues Songwriter of the Year” award in the 2008 Roots Music Association Music Industry Awards, announced last week.  Gray, who has brought the same skill, craft, and dedication to his blues-oriented music with Delta Moon as he once did with his popular 1980s-era rock band the Brains, won the award over stiff competition from talents like Alvin Youngblood Hart, Marcia Ball, Davis Cohen and Liz Mandeville.

Other winners in this year’s awards included Pinetop Perkins as “Blues Artist of the Year,” Alligator Records as “Blues Record Label of the Year,” and Blues Deluxe as the “Blues Radio Station of the Year.” The Roots Music Association is based in San Marcos TX, and the organization keeps its own national charts for such American music genres as blues, roots-rock, bluegrass, country, zydeco, and folk music. Check out the Roots Music Association website for a list of this year’s other award winners.

> Blues December 1, 2008 Rev. Keith A. Gordon

Il Blues Magazine reviews from Italian Tour:

Rootsway Roots ‘N’ Blues and Food Festival, Parma, Italy (translated)

We had listened to them in 2003 at the King Biscuit Festival (it was still called that then) in Helena, Arkansas and, although they were fresh from their victory in the I.B.C of that year, they did not really knock us out.  Having reformed the band as a quartet, with a repertory comprised of their own compositions, the Delta Moon of Tom Gray gave life to a show of high tension, stirring blues and southern rock with great ability. Outstanding moments included the slide riff of “Midnight Train,” Gray’s charged voice supported by the dry and powerful job of the drummer [Darren Stanley] in “Hellbound Train,” and the homage to Hemphill with “Jessie Mae.” Also
interesting was their version of “You Got to Move” with the guitars of Gray and Mark Johnson in beautiful evidence, but R.L. Burnside’s “Going Down South” has lost its energy because it has just been covered too much.