Review of “Born in Oakland” by Blues Matters Magazine, Great Britain
by on March 26, 2018 in Uncategorized

Delta Wires
Born In Oakland
Mud Slide Records

Sometimes you just want to hear honest uplifting music with blues-tinged notes and a professional approach to the genre. Well this seven-piece unit certainly fits these criteria and some more. They hail from Oakland and this is their seventh release. They have been going in some guises for thirty years. A hard-working band who have backed-up such legends as John lee Hooker and Buddy Guy on their travels, so they come with good pedigree. Ten tracks of differing punctuating pulsing tunes, their style seems tinged with a West Coast American blues flavour. They comprise of consummate frontman, vocalist and mean harmonica player Ernie Pinata, who really rocks on I Don’t Care – a real craftsman. He is ably assisted by funky bass man Torn Gerrits on the intoxicating instrumental, In the Middle, with a smooth trumpet solo by John Christensen, and tenor saxophonist Gerry Jonutz keeps the beat going. Guitarist Richard Healy, trombonist David Bowman, and drummer Tony Huszar finish the line-up of this very tight band. The tempo rises on opener Sunny Day, a foot tapping grinder of a tune funk, orientated with good rhythm, and is a wonderful feature of this release. Fine And Healthy Thing is swing driven with bold vocals. Best of the slow songs is the blues-infused Your Eyes. Another highlight, Devil’s In my Headset, shows the band at the top of its game, a real grower. All I Have To Give closes things off with a jazzy battle between horn section and guitars and full throttle harmonica. Different flavours of music genres culminate in this highly infectious and evocative release. A real find.

– Colin Campbell, Blues Matters Magazine (issue 101), Great Britain

Reviewer Colin Campbell is based in Scotland. He has been writing about blues music for over six years. He is also a keen photographer. He has been enthused and heavily influenced by blues music for three decades. Music is a healer, blues is the medicine.

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