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Hot-Wired, Big Band Harmonica and Horns Blues
Hot-Wired, Big Band Harmonica and Horns Blues

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We love the internet, but it's still fun see something in print. Great feature article in Ledger Dispatch about Delta Wires, and the band's upcoming concert at Sutter Creek Theatre this Saturday night, April 7th, at 8pm. Read more: https://goo.gl/fFaZuF
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Thank you, Ledger Dispatch, for the wonderful feature article about Delta Wires, and the band's upcoming concert at Sutter Creek Theatre this Saturday night, April 7th, at 8pm. Read more: https://goo.gl/fFaZuF
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DELTA WIRES will be at the Historic Sutter Creek Theater, Saturday, April 7th, 8pm. Come check-out a great show in a historic venue! Also, listen to Jim Guidi interview Ernie Pinata live on KVGC-fm, 96.5 Jackson CA, Tuesday morning 4/3, at 8:30am.

More info and tickets here: https://goo.gl/KBfeJe
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REVIEW OF “BORN IN OAKLAND” BY BLUES MATTERS MAGAZINE, GREAT BRITAIN

Delta Wires
Born In Oakland
Mud Slide Records

Sometimes you just want to hear honest uplifting music with blues-tinged notes and a professional approach to the genre. Well this seven-piece unit certainly fits these criteria and some more. They hail from Oakland and this is their seventh release. They have been going in some guises for thirty years. A hard-working band who have backed-up such legends as John lee Hooker and Buddy Guy on their travels, so they come with good pedigree. Ten tracks of differing punctuating pulsing tunes, their style seems tinged with a West Coast American blues flavour. They comprise of consummate frontman, vocalist and mean harmonica player Ernie Pinata, who really rocks on I Don’t Care – a real craftsman. He is ably assisted by funky bass man Torn Gerrits on the intoxicating instrumental, In the Middle, with a smooth trumpet solo by John Christensen, and tenor saxophonist Gerry Jonutz keeps the beat going. Guitarist Richard Healy, trombonist David Bowman, and drummer Tony Huszar finish the line-up of this very tight band. The tempo rises on opener Sunny Day, a foot tapping grinder of a tune funk, orientated with good rhythm, and is a wonderful feature of this release. Fine And Healthy Thing is swing driven with bold vocals. Best of the slow songs is the blues-infused Your Eyes. Another highlight, Devil’s In my Headset, shows the band at the top of its game, a real grower. All I Have To Give closes things off with a jazzy battle between horn section and guitars and full throttle harmonica. Different flavours of music genres culminate in this highly infectious and evocative release. A real find.

– Colin Campbell, Blues Matters Magazine (issue 101), Great Britain

Reviewer Colin Campbell is based in Scotland. He has been writing about blues music for over six years. He is also a keen photographer. He has been enthused and heavily influenced by blues music for three decades. Music is a healer, blues is the medicine.

More: https://goo.gl/ZM1Tef
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Ring in the NEW YEAR with DELTA WIRES high-energy big band, harmonica and horns blues in San Francisco at Biscuits & Blues on Monday, January 1, 2018, at 401 Mason Street. Two shows! 7pm and 9:30pm. $24. Reserve tickets here: https://biscuitsandblues.com/deltawires
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Ring in the NEW YEAR with DELTA WIRES high-energy big band, harmonica and horns blues in San Francisco at Biscuits & Blues on Monday, January 1, 2018, at 401 Mason Street. Two shows! 7pm and 9:30pm. $24. Reserve tickets here: https://biscuitsandblues.com/deltawires
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Need a vacation? Watch the new Delta Wires music video for the song "Vacation" off the band's latest album Born in Oakland here: https://youtu.be/ygm6FXcM2V0

Blues music writer Ben Vee says, "I absolutely love the song'Vacation' on the CD. It is the perfect tune released at the perfect time for me… and I bet for YOU! Tom Gerrits (bass) and Tony Huszar (drums) lay down a steady rockin blues beat, Richard Healey rips it up on guitar, and the horn section consisting of Gerry Jonutz, David Bowman, and John Christensen give the song some unique spice that I think makes it a sure fired hit! Wanna feel good, different, get outside, or get on the road to somewhere new… just play this tune and the bags will almost pack themselves!"

PRAISE for “VACATION”

A rapid-fire guitar run kicks off “Vacation,” an uptempo complaint about having to deal with rush-hour traffic that adds to the drain of working a day job and realizing that the city is so expensive, it’s impossible to live within one’s means... Born In Oakland is a welcome addition to your collection if, like me, you love the big sound of a horn band that possesses major skills.
-Marty Gunther, Blues Blast Magazine

Ernie tells it like it is on a cut we can all relate to--traffic jams everywhere, spendin’ more than you make just to get by, and everything else that ultimately has us all needing a "Vacation." He breaks off some fine harp at the bridge, too.
-Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society

The band gets to rocking on the next track, "Vacation." They turn the guitar loose and the horns step in when they need to in order to provide just the right emphasis. Pinata has a lot of fun just being the cool California rocker and you just can’t help but get into the song.
-John Porter, Blues Blog

Pinata likes the idea “of making something come out of this--where you are,” and that’s the case with the Born in Oakland song “Vacation.” Its inspiration came to Pinata one day while he was driving in the Oakland area and wondered who else on the road at that time felt they needed a break from their regular routine.
-Chris M. Junior, Medleyville

If you have not already had one, the track "Vacation" written by Ernie Pinata, Richard Healy, and Tom Gerrits... is sure to resonate soundly with its lyrics, "I'm tired of working, I need a vacation, I'm tired of working, I need a vacation, I'm tired of getting up early, I need me some time off ... sick of the traffic, living on the freeway ..."
-Debra Argen, Luxury Experience

“Vacation” recalls vintage Huey Lewis & the News with a charging harmonica lead and ruminations on escaping the daily grind and traffic jams to enjoy some well-deserved time off.
-Mark Smith, Jazz and Blues Report

However, blues fans will definitely dig... the blues rocker “Vacation.” ...Delta Wires’ brand of blues, on full display with Born in Oakland, will appeal not only to blues fans, but also soul, jazz, and R&B fans.
-Graham Clarke, Phoenix Blues Society

Bay Area blues-rock band Delta Wires is back with their seventh album and this one is brimming with fire, funk and fun. “Vacation” is a rousing rocker.
-Paul Freeman, Deja Re-Vu

"Vacation" has some topical lyrics about the tiring and stressful drudgery of commuting to work: I would imagine that for those of us who are still labouring in the vineyard and have not yet retired, we can certainly identify with the need to have a holiday... and this is one of the best albums that I have heard for a while. A definitive thumbs up from me.
-Paul Mooney, Blues & Rhythm

"Vacation," with it’s frantic jump rhythms and wild harp has a distinctive Conjunto feel... Delta Wires are a talented blues band who appear to be destined for great things on the global blues scene.
-Mick Rainsford, Blues in Britain

"Vacation" has a different vibe; it's not about being on vacation but rather needing one, with Pinata's harmonica, Richard Healy's guitar picking and the band's three-man horn section stressing the point.
-Kevin Wierzbieki, Get the Blues

“Vacation” features some fine interplay between the horns and the slinky guitar work of Richard Healy... Delta Wires keeps the spirit of the blues alive with their seventh album, Born in Oakland, a nod to the birthplace of the seven-piece band. The group’s musical execution is first-rate, giving each band \member a turn in the spotlight.
-Tom Wilk, Icon Magazine

Even on that first play the quality of the individual musicians shone though on every song; with "I Don’t Care" and "Vacation" really and truly showcasing their combined efforts and Pinata really sings his heart out on album closer "All I Have To Give." If you take Jools Holland out of the equation this type of R&B doesn’t exist in the UK any-more; which is a shame because this is the music that I grew up with back in the late 70’s in the pubs and clubs of Durham and Tyneside and my gateway to the Blues of B.B. King etc. I doubt Delta Wires will ever visit NE England; so I guess I will have to check flights and hotels for a trip to SF sometime soon.
-The Rocking Magpie, UK

I absolutely love the song "Vacation" on the CD. It is the perfect tune released at the perfect time for me… and I bet for YOU! Tom Gerrits (bass) and Tony Huszar (drums) lay down a steady rockin blues beat, Richard Healey rips it up on guitar, and the horn section consisting of Gerry Jonutz, David Bowman, and John Christensen give the song some unique spice that I think makes it a sure fired hit! Wanna feel good, different, get outside, or get on the road to somewhere new… just play this tune and the bags will almost pack themselves!
-Ben Vee Blues

Born in Oakland is a good example of the west coast blues style--lively and ebullient, the sort of stuff to dance and party to as opposed to sitting in a corner and quietly picking at your emotional scars as it were. The musicianship is excellent, and these blues are ready and willing to show you a good time--let’s party!
-John Kereiff, The Rock Doctor
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Check out the new Delta Wires music video for "All I Have to Give,” ”a bluesy love song with that distinctive West Coast flavor," as music writer John Porter describes it. The high-energy big band, harmonica, and horns blues group gives you all they have to give on this latest single off its “Born in Oakland” album: https://youtu.be/eYf9Vrs3YXs

Praise for "All I Have to Give":



“The closing ‘All I Have To Give’ is a rousing, satisfying number, and this is one of the best albums that I have heard for a while. A definitive thumbs up from me.”
-Paul Mooney, Blues & Rhythm, September 2017



“[Delta Wires] have a real live sound throughout, particularly on the open armed ‘All I Have To Give.’ Vintage sounds.”
-George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly, August 21, 2017

 

“The closer, ‘All I Have to Give’ is another strong song. The whole band is tight and talented. Lead vocalist/harmonica player Ernie Pinata and guitarist Richard Healy particularly shine. The band did, indeed, originate in Oakland. That was 30 years ago. Having been inducted into the California Blues Hall of Fame, Delta Wires continues to make music that will grab you and hold you.”
 -Paul Freeman, Deja Re-Vu  

 

“The release closes strongly with the Pinata, Healy, Gerrits song, ‘All I Have To Give,’ with horn arrangement by Gibson and Bowman. Hit the play button again, as once around it not enough for this stellar Blues release.
-Debra C. Argen, Luxury Experience



“The album closes with ‘All I Have To Give.’ It seems to me that the band has given us all that they have on this album. It’s a bluesy love song with that distinctive West Coast flavor. It’s a good way to conclude the album.”
-John Porter, Blues Blog
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Premiere: Delta Wires - “Devil’s in My Headset” Music Video: https://youtu.be/q0nCZG1aUts

Checkout the music video for the new song "Devil's in My Headset," the band's latest single off of its "Born in Oakland" album.

Here is what people are saying about this track:


"My favorite song on the album, 'Devil's In My Headset.' There's some smoking guitar and good lyrics... The horns and guitar take on a jazzy break and change the tone of the song, and it's sweet. Very sweet."
-Johnny Porter, Blues Blog


"The band has 30 years of playing and knows how to put together story-songs such as 'Devil's In My Headset' that update the blues into century 21. There's always lots of energy, and the tight horn arrangements and sharp guitar lines provide a punch straight through."
-CBC DJ Bob Mersereau


"Richard Healy's guitar is supple and expressive as Pinata's vocals and harp work lead the way. Delta Wires have a great sense of swing and swagger that gives songs like 'Devil's In My Headset' an instantly likeable groove."
-John Kereiff, The Rock Doctor
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REMINDER: THIS SATURDAY NIGHT!


Come party with Delta Wires in Oakland on SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, at THE UPTOWN NIGHTCLUB, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, at the band's BORN IN OAKLAND album release concert.



Doors open at 7:30pm, showtime 8:30pm. $20 advance, $25 door. Reserve tickets here: https://goo.gl/pi11jj
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