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Delta Moon

Delta Moon possess an instantly recognizable sound that evokes classic swamp pop, bar band blues, and roadhouse roots rock wrapped in tight, artfully arranged and hook-laden original tunes and covers. The band was formed in the late 1990s by vocalist, songwriter, and lap steel guitarist Tom Gray (formerly of the Brains) and slide guitarist Mark Johnson. The pair met by chance in an Atlanta music store. Gray, a professional songwriter, penned "Money Changes Everything" (the Cyndi Lauper hit) as well as songs covered by many other artists including John Brannen, Manfred Mann, Carlene Carter, and Bonnie Bramlett. Johnson was a founding member of Atlanta's Crawdaddies before working with Gray. The pair began playing together anywhere they could, from coffee shops to street fairs to clubs. They established their trademark twin slide guitar sound that owes more to Little Feat than the Allman Brothers. Their first vocalist was Gina Leigh, who appeared on the band's self-released, self-titled debut offering in 2002. A year later, they won the International Blues Challenge and issued a live album. Goin' Down South followed in 2004 and marked Leigh's recorded departure. She was replaced by Kristin Markiton, who joined in time for the band's fourth studio offering, Howlin', in 2005, which was the first to feature Haitian bassist Franher Joseph and drummer Darren Stanley (who was replaced by Vic Stafford in 2015). Markiton left in 2006 to pursue her own career and Gray took over the microphone for 2007's Clear Blue Flame. The album featured a radically reworked version of "Money Changes Everything." Though making records was important, the road was where Delta Moon spent their time growing as a band. They relentlessly toured the continental U.S. and also did shows at several European blues festivals. Hell Bound Train was issued in 2010, followed by Black Cat Oil two years later. Needing a break from the recording studio while continuing to tour, Delta Moon placated fans -- and expanded their reputation -- by self-issuing a pair of live albums in 2013: Life's a Song and Turn Around When Possible. Both records got enormous critical notice Delta Moon's unique update of vintage roots sounds. Their repertoire, while chock-full of fine original songs, also included uniquely arranged covers of classic blues, pop, and R&B tunes. (2004's Goin' Down South had foreshadowed this with a reading of the David Bowie-Iggy Pop classic "Nightclubbing," done as a spooky blues.) The band's breakthrough occurred with 2015's Low Down. The 12-track set featured nine Gray tunes as well as compelling covers of songs by Skip James ("Hard Time Killing Floor Blues"), Bob Dylan ("Down in the Flood"), and Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan (the title track). The album made many critics' year-end blues lists, but the road still beckoned: Delta Moon spent the better part of the next two years working it, playing headline gigs in higher profile clubs and prestigious festival stages across the U.S., Canada, and Europe. After a short break, Delta Moon emerged with Cabbagetown in the early fall of 2017; among its nine tracks -- many written by the band with Larkin Poe's Marlon Patton -- was a striking cover of Son House's "Death Letter." ~ Thom Jurek
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Stations Featuring
Delta Moon

    Modern Blues

    Modern Blues
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Albums by
Delta Moon

Top Songs by
Delta Moon

  1.   Song
  2.   I Want to Go
  3.   You'll Never Get to Heaven on a Hellbound Train
  4.   Ghost in My Guitar
  5.   Write Me a Few of Your Lines
  6.   Black Cat Oil
  7.   Lonely
  8.   Down and Dirty
  9.   Afterglow
  10.   You Don't Have to Go
  11.   Refugees
  12.   Cabbagetown Shuffle
  13.   Lowdown
  14.   Nothing You Can Tell a Fool
  15.   Wishbone
  16.   True Love Lies
  17.   Goin' Down South
  18.   Walk Out in the River
  19.   Trouble in the Home
  20.   Get Gone
  21.   Spark In the Dark
  22.   Blind Spot
  23.   Just Lucky I Guess
  24.   All She Wrote
  25.   Low Country Boil
  26.   The Day Before Tomorrow
  27.   21st Century Man
  28.   Mayfly
  29.   Blues in a Bottle
  30.   I'm a Witness
  31.   Mad About You
  32.   Sing Together
  33.   Death Letter
  34.   Coolest Fools
  35.   Down In the Food
  36.   Jacky Ray
  37.   Hard Time Killing Floor Blues
  38.   Open All Night
  39.   Wrong Side of Town
  40.   Applejack
  41.   Sunshine
  42.   Jukin'
  43.   Neon Jesus
  44.   Black Coffee
  45.   Stuck in Carolina
  46.   Plantation Song
  47.   That's It
  48.   Money Changes Everything
  49.   Cool Your Jets
  50.   Life's a Song
  51.   Lap Dog
  52.   Blue Highway
  53.   Officer
  54.   Midnight Train
  55.   Let Tomorrow Be
  56.   Must Be Lonely
  57.   Higher Ground
  58.   I'll Die Trying
  59.   Shake Something Loose
  60.   Stone Cold Man
  61.   Dreams Come Real
  62.   Nobody Knows
  63.   Jelly Roll
  64.   Tilt-a-Whirl
  65.   Stranger in My Hometown
  66.   Poplar Grove
  67.   You Done Told Everybody
  68.   Take the Back Road Home
  69.   Jessie Mae
  70.   Nightclubbing
  71.   Rock and Roll Girl
  72.   You Got to Move
  73.   Room 429
  74.   Clear Blue Flame
  75.   Ain't No Train
  76.   Mean Streak

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