Delta Moon

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Last Show: Wednesday 19 th September 2018

PizzaExpress Live (Maidstone)

Delta Moon plays deep roots music. A whisky-flavored voice delivers 21st century lyrics, while two slide guitars wind around an unshakeable groove like kudzu vines on a barbwire fence. Delta Moon’s latest album, Cabbagetown — named for one of the band’s favorite Atlanta neighborhoods — came out in March 2017. The band has been touring incessantly behind it, visiting nine countries since spring, every night winning enthusiastic audience response. No Depression describes Cabbageto wn as having “great grooves, thought provoking lyrics, infectious hooks, sweet slide guitar work and mountains of superb tone.”

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"Gray and Johnson's double-slide style works to perfection." - Chicago Sun-Times

“Tom Gray and Mark Johnson are the rusty, banged up Cadillacs of the slide guitar, side by side coughing up smoke and spitting backwoods dirt, but unswerving in their precision and singular style.” - Tom Clarke, Hittin’ the Note

It has been two decades now since Tom Gray walked into an Atlanta music store hoping to sell a 1930s Dobro. The owner said, “I don’t want it, but this guy might.” The guy was Mark Johnson. As they stepped out to Tom’s van to see the guitar, the girl with Mark kept whispering, “Let’s get out of here.” Mark didn’t buy the guitar, but the two exchanged phone numbers and soon were playing slide guitar together — Mark on bottleneck and Tom on lap steel — in clubs, coffee shops and barbecue joints around Atlanta. The name Delta Moon came to Mark on a pilgrimage to Muddy Waters’ cabin near Clarksdale, Mississippi. Delta Moon quickly gathered a wall-full of local “best” awards. After winning the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in 2003, the band widened its travels to include the US, Canada, and Europe. Bassist Franher Joseph joined Delta Moon in 2007, adding a sweet pocket and rich bass vocals.

“Delta Moon is deep blues with a fury…. Hot stuff!” — Vintage Guitar