By Phillip Smith
Furiously fabulous and dankly dark, The Delta Saints deliver possibly the most powerful rocking Blues album of the year with Death Letter Jubilee. Led by vocalist Ben Ringel and guitarist Dylan Fitch, The Saints hit every song full on, pouring their heart and soul into every note, coating a nougaty center of Blues with a premium blend of rock topped with a heaping helping of harmonica.
I never really thought about what Led Zeppelin would sound like if they had been from the South, but once I heard “Sing to Me”, I am pretty sure I now know. Ringel and Fitch transform themselves into alternate versions of Plant and Page as we heard in “The Battle of Evermore”, from the album, Led Zeppelin IV. This track is absolutely outstanding.
Ringel, like Steven Tyler, has a voice that is raspy and powerful. It sounds really good alongside Greg Hommert’s harmonica in “Chicago”. I love this track. It’s so full of soul and spirit. Speaking of spirit, one doesn’t have to be religious to be overcome with it when one listens to title track, “Death Letter Jubilee”. This one has all the toe-tapping, hand-clapping fun of a bible-belt tent revival, minus all of the judgment. Bring your own spiders and snakes.
With spurts of controlled frenzy, delivered with an increasingly fast tempo, they rip through “Devils Creek”, as if adrenalin is flowing freely through their veins. Bassist David Supica keeps a nice groovy bass-line going in this forewarning ditty.
This thirteen track album definitely deserves a listen. It’s fantastic.
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