Who is Delta Deep?
You might just recognize a few members of Delta Deep, including Def Leppard’s Phil Collen (lead vocals, guitar) and Stone Temple Pilots’ Robert DeLeo (bass). Included in the line-up are some lesser known individuals, but still musicians with pretty impressive resumes including another lead vocalist Debbi Blackwell-Cook, who’s had gigs as the backgound singer with Luther Vandross, Michael Buble’ and Gregory Hines, and drummer Forrest Robinson who’s played for TLC, India.Arie, Engelbert Humperdinck and Joe Sample & The Crusaders.
Their style is described as blues-rock-n-soul, with similar sounds to a variety of artists including Led Zeppelin, Tina Turner, James Brown, Chaka Kahn and Aretha Franklin.
The 11-track album is no doubt a melding of rock and blues. Who isn’t a fan of rock that can’t also appreciate the blues? Rock n’ roll was influenced by blues, and we’ve seen blues blended into rock music since rock was born.
The female vocals in Delta Deep are clearly the standout on this disc with Collen’s lead vocals finishing in second place, sorry Phil. Blackwell-Cook could sing anything and it’d sound beautiful, soulful, emotional. The track Whiskey proves just that because the lyrics are bland, but her powerhouse vocals along with the addition of an intense Collen guitar solo turns it into a halfway decent song in spite of the boring lyrics (basically the word whiskey repeated a bunch of times).
But then you have songs like Down in the Delta and Feel It where she provides the lead vocals, and the instrumentals are tight and well composed, and the lyrics offer some originality, giving listeners a complete package.
The track Mistreated is the Deep Purple original, but it’s covered well, sounding as powerful as the original.
Delta Deep brought in several special guests for the album such as Paul Cook (Sex Pistols) on drums for the song Black Coffee, David Coverdale (Whitesnake) dueting with Blackwell-Cook on Private Number and Joe Elliott (Def Leppard) dueting with Blackwell-Cook on Mistreated.
If you like the blues or soul music, it’s a definite must check out album.
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