Delta Saints Concert Review
Atlanta’s Blackberry Smoke are in the early stages of a national tour which was kicked off this weekend in Florida. Fans of the band are in for a treat, as the country/Southern rockers have brought along the very talented Delta Saints as their opener.
We had a chance to catch the quintet at their show last night at Orlando’s House Of Blues and left quite impressed. After watching their forty-five minute set, I think their unique and diverse blend of rock music is best described as dirty, slinky bayou rock that’s good for the soul. The Delta Saints are different for sure. They do things their own way and are an absolutely refreshing act for rock ‘n roll fans.
Ben Ringel’s vocals are distinctive and catchy, but the band truly revolves around the musical talent of all five band members. Ringel plays a National Dobro and traded off lead guitar with Dylan Fitch throughout the forty-five minutes set. Because of the two talented guitarists, they at times sounded like a guitar powered band, but in reality, they are a truly balanced act.
David Supica on bass and drummer Ben Azzi powered the performance from the opening of “Liar” through the final notes of “Jericho.” Supica and Fitch were flying around the stage and seemed to be having a blast playing to the packed HOB house.
However, I was most impressed by the contributions of Willy Burns on keyboard. His keyboards were more prominent than in any other artist I’ve heard over the past few years and are clearly an integral part of the band and their distinctive sound. His playing stood out on “Drink It Slow,” where the extended jam he shared with Azzi was my highlight of the show.
On this, their first Orlando visit, the band clearly impressed the crowd, and had them actively engaged, particularly during “Death Letter Jubileee,” the title track off of their strong 2013 release (see our review here and check it out below the article), and their most engaging offering this night. Other highlights included “Devil’s Creek,” a rollicking song about a hangover, “Cigarette,” a fun two-step boogie, and “Steppin'” which highlighted both Ringel’s powerful vocals and excellent guitar work.
They closed the set powerfully, with a crowd-pleasing mash-up of their excellent “Jericho” interspersed with a few highly interactive verses of The Beatles classic, “Hey Jude.” They thanked the crowd and left the stage with numerous new converts.
I had a chance to talk to several of the band members after the show and they seemed truly humble and happy to be travelling the country with Blackberry Smoke and the opportunity to play in front of so many potential new fans. They’re a talented crew with a great attitude, and I look forward to watching them progress as artists.