If you were asked what to expect out of a Blues-rock band from Nashville how would you answer? With something about soulful vocals? Maybe something about some killer harmonica? How about hard-driving guitars? How about all of the above and then some? If you answered yes to any of those questions allow me to introduce you to The Delta Saints.
Death Letter Jubilee is the self-released debut album from The Delta Saints and as far as debuts go this will be one of the best you come across this year, especially if you like your rock soaked in moonshine and served up in a dark speakeasy somewhere in the backwoods of the deep South. It's a rollicking and rambling album that will have your feet tapping and head bopping almost immediately unless you simply don't have a pulse. Certain tracks like the opener "Liar" have a distinct Black Crowes rock flair while tracks like "Death Letter Jubilee" showcase the bands ability to mesh together genres with absolute ease.
Rock and Dixieland Jazz (complete with a fiery horn section) meet up with both country and Chicago style blues all over this record. Where songs like "Jezebel" or "Out to Sea" take listeners for a ride down a sleepy river of tumult and passion they are followed up with a barn- burner like "Boogie". Frontman Ben Ringel is an old soul if there ever was one and he puts that soul into every note. It pays dividends tenfold. Guitarist Dylan Fitch channels everyone from Stevie Ray Vaughn to Elmore James, knowing exactly when to let his guitar do the talking and what it's saying is 'get up and dance'. Meanwhile the rhythm section of David Supica on bass and Ben Azzi on drums are the backbone to this musical beast. They don't simply keep the time, they build the clock that Ringel and Fitch wind on every track, all while harmonica player Stephen Hanner makes that little hunk of metal swing and sing with fabulous virtuosity.
The Delta Saints are a band that, simply put, are at the top of their game on this album. Lucky for you that you can sample the entire record on their Bandcamp page. I would not hesitate to do so.