Rate: 320 kbps CBR / 44100
Size: 71,10 MB
The Delta Generators are onto something, and it might be something big. This blues quartet from Worcester won the Boston Blues Challenge a few weeks back, and they should have a good shot of doing well at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in February.
This is a blues band that gets by on the strength of its youthful interpretation of traditional Delta blues idioms. While the Delta Generators may stretch their blues to other musical genres such as oldies and classic rock, their playing styles and vocal approach are all solidly in the Mississippi tradition.
Unlike the classic rock bands from the late 1960s and early 1970s that expanded and manipulated and injected blues into their rock sound, the DG’s clearly win the tug o’ war in blues favor.
Vocalist-harmonica player Craig Rawding, a veteran of many local bands, writes all the lyrics with striking visual imagery. His song and title track, “Devil In The Rhythm,” is the disc’s best track. It sings the praises of early rock and roll pioneers before crying out for a new savior: “Well, I may be stubborn, stuck in the past/But it seems a long time since some young mule kicked some ass.”
Rawding is a natural blues belter - gravelly, deep, and earthy – as though he really grew up in Mississippi. And like many other tracks here, guitarist Charlie O’Neal’s guitar notes are drenched in the style and picking of the Mississippi greats.
The opening track, “Hand Me Down Blues,” is an admonition song to a friend who has worn out his welcome with his miserable personal problems. Rawding delivers the Delta Generator’s mood and attitude right off the bat: “You’ve been down so long I don’t remember what I liked about you.”
Rawding puts raw passion into his verses to capture the frustration of dealing with these types. O’Neal’s crunchy, Delta-drenched guitar slides add an extra layer of emotion. While lyrics, vocal, and guitar are strictly blues, the rhythm section keeps it moving in a classic rock band clip - a fusion that works while sparking an alluring dissonance and tension.
Listeners may start comparing the Delta Generators’ sound to classic rock bands that experimented with blues idioms. Eventually, though, closer listens will reveal that these boys from Worcester are blues first, before they reach into other elements. It’s the rhythm section that controls this metamorphous from blues into blues mixed with classic rock, oldies, and blue country. Who says that bass players and drummers who have to be sidemen? Armstrong, the drummer, and bassist Rick O’Neal (Charlie’s brother,) are cornerstones of a full band sound.
Organic and fun, the Delta Generators should be able to pull a lot of music fans into their buzz. (Bill Copeland)
01 - Hand Me Down Blues 03:16
02 - That Evil 03:19
03 - Devil In The Rhythm 02:08
04 - Bone Orchard Blues 02:49
05 - All Good Things Must Come To A 03:35
06 - Read My Letter 03:22
07 - Never Satisfied 04:23
08 - Straw Dog Strut 03:19
09 - Somebody's Got To Pay Your Bond 04:55
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