California Rock News has uploaded video footage of DELTA DEEP, the “extreme blues project” featuring DEF LEPPARD guitarist and MANRAZE frontman Phil Collen and singer Debbi Blackwell-Cook, performing on January 6 at The Canyon in Agoura Hills, California. Check out the clips below.
DELTA DEEP‘s self-titled debut album, a mix of original and hand-picked cover tracks, was released in June 2015 on Mailboat Records and also features special guest appearances by DEF LEPPARD vocalist Joe Elliott, WHITESNAKE‘s David Coverdale, SEX PISTOLS/MANRAZE drummer Paul Cook, and GIRL/MANRAZE bassist Simon Laffy.
Collen initially started DELTA DEEP in 2012 after jamming at home over the course of a year with friend and relative Debbi Blackwell-Cook (Blackwell-Cook is the godmother of Collen‘s wife, Helen). What started as a casual pairing singing Motown and classic blues staples while Debbi frequently visited Collen‘s home quickly turned into much more. Collen, Helen, and Debbi began writing original music which Collen and Debbi recorded in Collen‘s home studio. Later that year, a chance meeting re-acquainted Collen with Memphis native and enigmatic heavy metal, jazz, and R&B drummer Forrest Robinson. A friend suggested giving STP bassist Robert DeLeo a call. Sharing a loving affinity for soul, funk and the blues, DeLeo was the perfect fit. According to Collen: “We really wanted Robert in this band. He had the added firepower of being the premiere pioneer and most ‘badass bass player’ to come out of the alternative rock explosion.”
The best description of DELTA DEEP, a multi-racial band, has been “Aretha and Tina in their prime singing over early ZEPPELIN.” Original song and lead-off single “Bang The Lid” introduces the musical synchronicity of Collen, Blackwell-Cook, DeLeo and Robinson. Blackwell-Cook also duets with Collen on the album tracks as well as with featured vocalists Joe Elliott (“Mistreated”) and WHITESNAKE‘s David Coverdale (“Private Number”). Legendary SEX PISTOLS drummer Paul Cook and Collen‘s former bandmate from GIRL, bass player Simon Laffy, guest on the classic cover “Black Coffee”. Guesting on the DELTA DEEP original song “Burnt Sally” is keyboardist CJ Vanston (Tina Turner, TOTO, Joe Cocker, Carol King) adding to the soulful tune on the Hammond 3 Organ.
DELTA DEEP in November released an original Christmas song, “Take Me Home For Christmas”.