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Delta Saints drum up support for new album

November 8th, 2011 3:51 am by staff report

Delta Saints drum up support for new album

The Delta Saints will play at 9 p.m., Saturday at Capone's in Johnson City.

   They met as students at Nashville’s Christian-leaning Belmont University, and only one of them grew up anywhere near the Delta.

   But with a whip-smart, harp-and-dobro driven take on the blues, the four young Music Business majors known collectively as the Delta Saints throw down a raucous and righteous sound that more than lives up to their adopted name.

   The band has spent the last several years cultivating a dedicated fan base around the Music City, across the Southeast and, after a recent two-month tour of Europe, abroad. Local followers can get their fix Saturday, Nov. 12 when the guys play at Capone’s in Johnson City. Show time is 9 p.m.

   The Delta Saints are counting on fans near and far to help them further spread their sound, a funkadelic fusion of Delta blues, rock and soul.

   Last month, the Saints — frontman/guitarist Ben Ringel, bassist David Supica, drummer Ben Azzi, guitarist Dylan Fitch and harmonica wizard Greg Hommert — kicked off a Kickstarter project to fund the making of their forthcoming album “Death Letter Jubilee.” The project follows two self-released EPs — “A Bird Called Angola” and “Pray On.”

   “This coming winter, we will begin recording our debut full-length album with an anticipated Spring 2012 release,” the band writes on its website. “We’ve been writing these songs for the past year and a half, and through long nights at the writing table, rigorous road testing (in the U.S. and Europe) and a steady stream of bourbon, we have finally pieced together the songs that will create ‘Death Letter Jubilee.’ Now that the songs are together, we have to shift our focus onto how we are going to fund this project.”

   Without the backing of a label or the financial means to make it happen on their own, the Delta Saints are asking fans to “invest” in “Death Letter Jubilee” by pledging $15,000 of the album’s projected $25,000 price tag by Dec. 6. To date, 75 backers have ponied up $6,555.

   “Creating a professional record is expensive,” the band writes. “Between the studio time, a producer, engineers, mixing, mastering and manufacturing, it can cost anywhere from $50,000 to $100,000 on a record label budget. We’re going to be doing this record for a fraction of that budget, but feel that it is going to be just as good, if not better, because of it.

   “We have put together the team that we know can build this album. This project will be spearheaded by our producer, J. Hall, who also produced ‘A Bird Called Angola,’ and we are searching for the right place to do this record. Whether it’s a haunted house down in New Orleans, a vibey studio in Nashville or an old warehouse in Chicago, we’re going to do this record in a space that allows us to capture the raw, live sound that these songs deserve.”

   To find out more about the Delta Saints or follow their Kickstarter campaign, visit w w w. t h e d e l t a s a i n t s . c o m .

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