DELTA DEEP, the critically acclaimed blues-based band featuring Phil Collen (lead guitarist of DEF LEPPARD) and Robert DeLeo (bassist for STONE TEMPLE PILOTS), in addition to Debbi Blackwell-Cook (back-up vocalist for such artists as Michael Buble and Gregory Hines) and Forrest Robinson (drummer for India.Arie, Joe Sample & THE CRUSADERS, TLC), is set to continue its 2016 “Sugar Shack” tour with a run up the East Coast this spring. Beginning on March 28 in Washington, D.C., the quartet will hit Philly, Asbury Park, Northampton, Massachusetts before heading into New York City, Boston and finishing up with a spot at Daryl’s House, the venue owned by HALL & OATES’s Darryl Hall. The East Coast leg of the “Sugar Shack” tour ends on April 8 in Bay Shore, NY with more dates to be announced shortly.
DELTA DEEP will be touring in support of their soon to be released live album, featuring songs recorded during the inaugural January “Sugar Shack” West Coast run. The January trek featured sold-out shows, with fans and critics alike raving about the band’s live show.
DELTA DEEP’s East Coast “Sugar Shack” tour:
Mar. 28 – Howard Theatre – Washington, DC
Mar. 29 – Ortlieb’s Lounge – Philadelphia, PA
Mar. 30 – Wonder Bar – Asbury Park, NJ
Mar. 31 – Iron Horse Music Hall – Northampton, MA
Apr. 03 – BB Kings – New York, NY
Apr. 05 – Cavern Club at Hard Rock Café – Boston, MA
Apr. 06 – Daryl’s House – Pawling, NY
Apr. 08 – YMCA Boulton Center – Bay Shore, NY
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”.