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Delta Maid releases debut EP Broken Branches July 26th

July 27, 2010 by  

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Delta Maid releases debut EP Broken Branches July 26th

Straight from the banks of the Mersey delta comes 25 year old blues singer Delta Maid, set to release her debut EP on Shake A Bush Records on July 26th. The five track release is a moonshine swaddled serving of blues’n’bourbon inspired songwomanship, which owes as much to Nashville and Memphis as it does from Delta’s straight talking hometown of Liverpool.

The title track and ‘Any Way I Want To’ were produced and recorded by Liam Watson at London’s legendary Toerag Studios, an analogue paradise favoured by the White Stripes, the Cribs and the Kills.

‘Broken Branches’’ laid back Louisiana shuffle recalls Bobbie Gentry’s lilting sixties vocals. ‘Any Way I Want To’ boasts a more contemporary, Dixie Chicks style edge, with Delta announcing “I’m gonna sleep with the light on/I’m gonna drink in the afternoon,” in this empowering shot of honky-tonk primed self-affirmation.

The EP includes two cover versions of rare blues tracks; Chicago guitarist J.B Lenoir’s ‘Slow Down’ and Eric Bibb’s ‘Don’t Ever Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down’. The latter features a verse from gospel blues singer Reverend Gary Davis’ ‘Gonna Sit Down On The Banks Of The River’, which Delta has seamlessly incorporated into the song’s saloon bar swagger.

The two cover versions – as well as ‘Stop Worryin’ Baby’, on which elements of a young Dolly Parton seep into Delta’s vocal – see the finger-picking Delta backed on guitar by her brother Dominic Foulkes. Both are currently recording Delta’s debut album in Liverpool.

Delicate yet rousing, and confident but restrained, Delta Maid’s debut EP is a future classic swathed in the warmth of the past.

August 6th Gig- BIG CHILL FESTIVAL, Eastnor Castle
August 16th Gig- London, THE LEXINGTON
August 23rd Gig – London, THE BEDFORD
Sept 11th Gig- Newark, NEWARK BLUES FESTIVAL
Sept 12th Gig- London, Jubilee Gardens, THAMES FESTIVAL



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