23 June 2015 (released)
25 September 2015
Based out of Southern California, comprising of band members from London, UK to Memphis, Tennessee, Delta Deep and encapsulating some classic American genres in their music, Delta Deep’s self-titled album emerges as one of the most accomplished revival records of the year so far. Delta Deep boast an experienced and multi-talented line-up: Def Leppard’s Phil Collen, bassist Rob DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilot), Forrest Robinson on drums (India Arie, Engelbert Humperdink) and the nuanced vocal stylings of Debbi Blackwell-Cook (Michael Buble, Gregory Hines and Luther Vandross). The combination of Delta Deep’s distinct cultural and stylist differences motivates this transatlantic, pan-racial ensemble into producing an exciting sound that pays tribute to each participant’s diverse musical proclivities.
‘Delta Deep’ unequivocally sounds like a synergy of pure, unabashed Americana. From the first song ‘Bang the Lid’ which blends the identifiable characteristics of blues, soul, rock and folk, our ears are treated to the repurposed freshness of this heady hybrid and a pithy declaration of what’s to come.
Compositions are elementally and structurally uncomplicated, yet they exude high quality sophistication. Each band member has stretched farther than this in their respective careers but it’s not a blotch on their performances. Rather, the simplicity of a blues shuffle, grooving bass, wailing licks and emotive lyrics are a tried and trusted formula that delivers, making for an easy, enjoyable listen.
Influenced by the likes of Led Zeppelin, BB King and Billie Holiday, Blackwell-Cook is the vocalist chiefly tasked with conveying the impassioned ideas of the project. Life, love, relationships and the way we cope with the tribulations of all are harmonised with impudent confidence and illustrative articulacy.
Blackwell-Cook brings soul to the album. In many respects her voice is similar the sultriness of Aretha Franklin. Blackwell-Cook’s extensive and salubrious background as a backing singer has built up the technical dexterity to finely tune her vocal performances to compliment the seductive rasps of Collen and Whitesnake’s David Coverdale who cameos. Conversely, she can really open up and let loose those powerful chords in songs like ‘Mistreated’, unleashing the full variety of her flexible falsetto