The Delta Flyers CD Review - by J. Blake

Posted on 1/19/2010 by J. Blake

(New York, NY)

The Delta Flyers is a Houston-based blues duo creating new and exciting music that stays true to their Mississippi Delta roots, while managing to seamlessly incorporate flavors from Chicago all the way down to New Orleans.

Their 2007 album, ON THE LEVEE ROAD, showcases the talents of front-man Stevie DuPree and guitarist Jack Saunders. With this studio effort, the duo is not striving to take the blues to a new level or reinvent the wheel, but they do deliver a fun and authentic collection of originals; that jumps back and forth from upbeat acoustic/folk bounce to down and dirty electric roadhouse “raunch”…and I mean that in a good way.

DuPree’s vocals are clean and passionate and though his harmonica playing is not as flashy or upfront as many blues fans may prefer, it shows a refreshing amount of restraint and seems at home with the material presented. The same can be said about Saunders, whose playing also demonstrates a “less is more” attitude. His guitar-work is tasteful and low key; and his talents are best represented on the tracks where he is playing slide (like on "Dancin’ With The Devil" and "Aidie Jean"). It should also be noted that Rich DelGrosso’s mandolin adds a wonderful flavor to 3 of the album’s 10 tracks.

ON THE LEVEE ROAD is recommended for fans of “roots” music and acoustic/folk blues. The amount of flash and electric guitar shredding is practically non-existent here. So if you’re looking for the next heir to Stevie Ray Vaughan’s style of Texas blues-rock, this album may not be for you.

For our Memphis readers and everyone else that is lucky enough to be attending this week’s International Blues Challenge, make sure you keep an eye (and ear) out for The Delta Flyers featuring Stevie DuPree and his current guitar playing sidekick Travis Stephenson. They made their IBC debut in 2008 and have been a staple of the famous Memphis blues event ever since. So head on down to Beale Street and check ‘em out!

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