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Listings for October 11th, 2019

APPEARING ON Friday, October 11th, 2019

Delta Moon

Free before 8pm // £5 thereafter.

“A masterful work of musicianship combined with talented singing and songwriting. The use of the slide guitars is magical.” – Roots Music Report


“The band’s grooves are catchy and cool, and the setlist of mostly originals showcases fine songwriting. Hot stuff!” – Vintage Guitar

“Tom Gray and Mark Johnson are the rusty, banged up Cadillacs of the slide guitar, side by side coughing up smoke and spitting backwoods dirt, but unswerving in their precision and singular style.” – Hittin’ the Note

Tom Gray and Mark Johnson met in an Atlanta music store when Tom tried to sell Mark a Dobro out of the back of his van. Mark didn’t buy the guitar, but the two got together to swap slide guitar licks. That summer, on a pilgrimage to Clarksdale, Mississippi, Mark saw the moon rise over Muddy Waters’ cabin and said, “That’s the name of my next band — Delta Moon.”

Tom and Mark started playing regularly in coffee shops and barbecue joints around Atlanta. In the early 2000s Delta Moon added a rhythm section and quickly gathered a wall-full of local “best” awards. After winning the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in 2003, the band widened its travels to include concerts and festivals in the US, Canada, and Europe. They have been touring ever since. Delta Moon has recorded seven albums, and the band’s music has been featured in television shows.on Showtime, Lifetime, the Food Network and more.

The American Roots Music Association named Tom Gray 2008 Blues Songwriter of the Year. His songs have been recorded by Cyndi Lauper (including the hit “Money Changes Everything”), Manfred Mann, Carlene Carter, Bonnie Bramlett and many others. Tom was born in Washington D.C. and grew up in Virginia and Georgia, but home was always the family farm in the North Carolina mountains. In the 1980s he led a rock group, The Brains, that recorded two albums on Mercury Records. Originally a keyboard player, Tom picked up his first lap steel guitar in the late 1980s and hasn’t put it down yet.

While not born in the South, Mark Johnson did grow up in a trailer park in Ravenna, Ohio. His uncle owned a record store, and there was always music in the Johnson home. Mark played guitar in bands all through high school. In the early 1990s he moved to Atlanta, where he formed a band called the Rude Northerners. About that time he abandoned standard tuning and became obsessed with bottleneck slide.