Delta Moon review….October 28, 2018….

DELTA MOON

BABYLON IS FALLING

JUMPING JACK RECORDS 12018

LONG WAY TO GO–BABYLON IS FALLING–ONE MORE HEARTACHE–MIGHT TAKE A LIFETIME–SKINNY WOMAN–LOUISIANA RAIN–LITTLE PINK PISTOL–NOBODY’S FAULT BUT MINE–SOMEBODY IN MY HOME–ONE MOUNTAIN AT A TIME–CHRISTMAS TIME IN NEW ORLEANS

One of our favorite bands, Atlanta’s Delta Moon, is back, with their tenth overall album, “Babylon Is Falling.”  On this set, the fellows mix five originals and six cool covers that fuse topical lyricism with soul-drenched lap steel and slide, leading to a captivating mix, indeed.  Tom Gray is on vocals, lap steel, keys, and harp, and is joined by Mark Johnson on guitar, Franher Joseph on bass, and a trio of drummers, Marlon Patton, Vic Stafford, and Adam Goodhue.

Fans, if you like fire and fury in your blues, sit back and revel in what these fellows are puttin’ down.  Leading off is an original that’s not only a shout-out to old-time prison work songs, but a call to arms for the continued struggle for civil rights in this country, “we still got a Long Way To Go,” with sparkling slide from Tom.  The traditional gospel-blues of the title cut is another call for change, as “all that rises must come down!”  One of Mark’s originals served as a favorite.  It’s an uptempo tale to which we can all relate—“Might Take A Lifetime to figure out love!”  That one is followed up by an authentic take on the Hill Country blues of North Mississippi with R. L.’s “Skinny Woman,” who “won’t cook no breakfast,” or “wash no clothes!”  Tom gets into a deep Howlin’ Wolf groove, adding his own harp and lap steel to the lowdown blues of “Somebody In My Home,” and closes the set with another of our favorites.

You can’t help but feel the spirit of the impending holiday season with Mark Johnson’s original, “flyin’ thru the evergreens” on our way to the singin’ at Jackson Square for a big-time “Christmas In New Orleans!”

We’ve been fans of Delta Moon from jus’ ’bout the beginning.  We were there in January of 2003 when they won the IBC’s in Memphis, and, now, ten albums later, “Babylon Is Falling” continues to bring the blues with a fury!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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