From the opening notes of the searing rocker “Liar,” you’ll be captivated by this bluesy rock quintet out of Nashville. They call themselves The Delta Saints – the “Delta” component is apparent throughout the album, but listening to the lyrics you’ll quickly realize they’re not quite “Saints.” They refer to their fans as Sinners and Saints; that definitely seems more appropriate.
These guys offer up a unique blend best described as Southern Rock on this, their debut full-length offering. It’s a diverse album, parts Bayou Blues, Chicago Soul and New Orleans Funk. It’s a nice mix and well worth a listen. The band has captured the essence of Mississippi roots rock in its many different forms throughout the thirteen tracks of Death Letter Jubilee. It’s a creative, fresh rock album that just oozes cool rock swagger.
The talented group evokes memories of numerous Southern Rockers, but the comparison I am drawn the most to is a more modern Little Feat. If you were a fan of Jeff Beck’s 80’s super-group Box of Frogs, and their distinctive guitar work, you’ll definitely enjoy these guys, too.
Songs like “Sing To Me,” and “Death Letter Jubilee” are swampy rockers that would feel just perfect listening to them while kicking back on the porch of a bayou shack sipping your favorite beverage from a mason jar. Ben Ringel’s vocals are gritty and passionate and the band offers plenty of dobro and harmonica giving them a unique down home feel. “Devil’s Creek” is of the same vein and is a rocking Cajun jam.
My favorite track is the slinky “From the Dirt” which is just a cool groove, and also features dynamic vocals. The aforementioned “Liar” which kicks off the album is driven by a fantastic bass line and is another very strong offering.
It’s a diverse album, but it’s all good old fashioned rock. You’ll get the soulful feel of “Chicago” and then travel South to New Orleans for “Nola” and the easy New Orleans swagger of “Boogie.”
It’s a good album and a nice way to start the year for rock music fans.
The album goes on sale today, Tuesday, January 15th. Check it out below on iTunes.