Calm Before The Storm
Calm Before The Storm on Mountain Fever Records is an excellent example of what Delta Reign offers during their performances. With the fusion of bluegrass, delta blues, swing, jazz and even rock, the band is certainly diverse with its music. With this CD, Delta Reign covers the gamut of great music with a Hank Williams classic ("There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight"), a Flatt and Scruggs standard ("A Hundred Years From Now") and two great songs penned by Jimmie Davis ("Columbus Stockade Blues" and "You Won't Be Satisfied That Way") as well as a Blind Faith tune by Steve Winwood, "Can't Find My Way Home". Lead singer Benita Murphy also contributes two original songs that seem to fit seamlessly within the project ("Last Southbound Train" and "Red Dirt Dreams"). ***
John Lawless of Bluegrass Today offered liner notes for the project and summed up Delta Reign perfectly:
"So we come to the question: what happens when you combine swing-style, sock rhythm guitar with 3 finger banjo in a four piece bluegrass ensemble? This is what Delta Reign is here to answer, and they do it with a breadth of experience and ability in a wide range of sets and sub-sets...To my ear, the mix of Earl Scruggs banjo licks with Texas-style guitar is irresistible. It invariably makes me smile." *** For more information on Delta Reign, please visit www.DeltaReign.com or www.MountainFever.com.