Delta Deep @ The Hotel Café – 06/17/2015
The blues are back as witnessed in Hollywood Wednesday night June 17 as Delta Deep featuring Phil Collen on guitars/vocals (Def Leppard), Robert DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots) on bass, drummer Forrest Robinson (Engelbert Humperdinck, Joe Sample & The Crusaders) and vocalist Debbi Blackwell-Cook (former back-up vocalist for Michael Buble and Luther Vandross) made their live debut at The Hotel Café. This diverse musical melting pot of musicians together showcased a variety of soulful melodies that blend rock and blues into an exciting array of unforgettable songs.
Aside from the opening song, a brilliant cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Black Dog”, the set featured original songs from their debut album which will be released on June 23 via Mailboat Records. Collen’s sludgy guitar work coupled with the thick rhythm section of DeLeo and Robinson provided the perfect canvas for Blackwell-Cook to deliver her passionate and affecting vocals. The crowd in attendance at the small venue, most fans of the members individually, immediately became fans of the band as a whole as they played through the set. If you need a fix of old school, authentic blues that tells a story of melancholy and sadness yet inspires you, be sure to check out Delta Deep.
Opening the show was breakout, innovative singer/ songwriter Taylor Berrett who played a 45 minute set on his acoustic guitar while also belting out a few songs while playing piano. Wearing his heart on his sleeve as he sang about the perils of love he also covered the Beatles and Paul Simon. In addition to his vocal skills Taylor is quire the comedian as he commanded a good laugh in between each song.
Interview with Phil Collen regarding Delta Deep can be found here.