RELEASED: March 6, 1998
LABEL: Mud Slide Records
PRODUCER: Ernie Pinata, Tom Gerrits. Michael Quinlan, Bill Thompson
Live In San Francisco (Take Off Your Pajamas…)

Album Notes:

From the heart of west coast blues, Delta Wires blend soul and big band, harmonica and horn blues with the urban beat of the 60’s when Mississippi Delta and Chicago influences blended with early rock to create a hybrid of urban sound.

“a tough, rocking, socking band, knocking out crowds…the WIRES are burning up! “Joel Selvin, San Francisco Chronicle

“Great recording and killer arrangements make DELTA WIRES soar! Everything cooks, from the rhythm section through the piano, guitar and horns, to Ernie Pinata’s harp sizzling on top.” – Tom Hyslop, BLUES REVUE MAGAZINE

“They blow hard from the get-go, a tight horn section blending comfortably with the spirited, intense harmonica from lead man Ernie Pinata?as fierce a Sonny Boy Williamson-influenced harp as you will find” – Bill Kisluik, BLUES ACCESS Magazine.

“From jump rhythms to nasty, lowdown Windy City laments, DELTA WIRES electrifies the audience… This tight Bay Area troop, fronted by vocalist/harmonica genious/composer Ernie Pinata, melds Mississippi Delta tunes and Chicago-style arrangements with rock, soul, and swing sensitivity to produce a rollicking, robust live recording…It’s terrific! This rockin’ blues band is spectacular — tight, topical, and torrid. – Lee Cooper, Ph.D. – Rock & Blues News


1. Weary Man (E. Pinata)– 3:14
2. Take Off Your Pajamas (Pinata, Quinlan, Gerrits) — 5:19
3. One More Heartache (Robinson, White, More, Rodgers)– 4:30
4. Too Tired (J. Watson)– 3:27
5. Goin’ Away (J.A. Lane)– 3:20
6. Treat Her Right (C. Kurtz, R. Head)– 5:09
7. Dimples (John Lee Hooker, DW arrangement)– 7:02
8. Don’t Want No Woman (tellin’ me how to live my life) (Robey, DW arrangement) — 4:22
9. J.B. in Oakland (Pass the Peas)
(F. Wesley, DW Arrangement)– 6:06
10. Everyday I have the Blues (S.Kahal, Sammy Fain)– 4:04
11. Ice Cream Man (J. Brim, DW arrangement)– 5:16
12. Don’t Cry No More (Malone, DW arrangement)– 4:32
13. Take Your Hand Outta My Pocket
(Rice Miller, DW arrangement)– 6:15

— harmonica interlude —

14. Pontiac Blues
(Rice Miller, DW arrangement) — 3:45

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