Goin' Down South

Goin' Down South

by Delta Moon


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Goin' Down South

With their twin-lead slide guitar approach, it would be easy, even natural, for Atlanta quintet Delta Moon to sling out an approximation of the screaming, dueling Lynyrd Skynyrd Southern rock boogie sound. But with their roots and influences in classic R&B, the band thankfully steers clear of anything so obvious, preferring to wallow in a far more greasy, subtle, and creative blend of rock, blues, folk and swamp. Lead vocalist Gina Leigh's tough, sexy voice is perfect slithering around Vassar Clements' fiddle on "Stone Cold Man" as both guitarists ride a groove that is sure-footed yet snake-like. Guitarist Tom Gray's grits-and-gravy moan takes lead on the sensual "Dreams Come Real" as Leigh joins him on the chorus. The band covers country bluesmen J.B. Lenoir, R.L. Burnside and, in one of the album's most gripping performances, even the David Bowie/Iggy Pop "Nightclubbing." But they twist and rearrange the songs to make them sound like Delta Moon tunes, a tricky yet seemingly effortless task that shouldn't be taken for granted. Gray's and Mark Johnson's guitars never step over each other, but play in unison, sometimes gradually splitting apart in a call and response trade-off similar to gospel vocal groups. "Shake Something Loose," a co-write with Athens, GA neighbor Randall Bramblett, sets up a crisp, mid-tempo vibe with Leigh vamping the lyrics against the multitalented Gray's piano making the air as charged as the song's emotions. This album shows them gradually moving further from blues to incorporate elements of pop and rock, yet Delta Moon never goes commercial and retains their individuality by crafting their finest release yet. As it's title infers, Goin' Down South is a perfect example of contemporary Southern roots music at its most affecting.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/27/2012
Label: Cd Baby
UPC: 0829070200024
catalogNumber: 5637970846

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Delta Moon   Primary Artist
Mike Auldridge   Dobro
Vassar Clements   Fiddle
Tom Gray   Piano,Steel Guitar,Vocals
Jon Schwenke   Bass
Scott Callison   Drums
Gina Leigh   Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals
Mark Johnson   Guitar,Mando-Guitar
Scott Callison   Drums

Technical Credits

J.B. Lenoir   Composer
David Bowie   Composer
Iggy Pop   Composer
Jeff Bakos   Engineer
Fred Bogert   Engineer
Randall Bramblett   Composer
Davis Causey   Composer
Mike Fisher   Engineer
Rick Hinkle   Engineer
Flournoy Holmes   Artwork
Jon Schwenke   Composer
Delta Moon   Producer,Audio Production
Scott Callison   Composer
Gina Leigh   Composer
Tom Gray   Composer
Mark Johnson   Composer

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