Keeping The Blues Alive

Blues Torchbearer – Black River Delta

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Sweden isn’t really known for producing well-known blues bands, until now. Black River Delta are a balls to the wall blues-rock trio from Bollnas, Sweden. They are one of many groups capitalizing on the growing popularity of the dirty-rock genre that blends rough vocals, crunchy guitar, and booming drums. This style of blues salutes the early pioneers while utilizing modern techniques and equipment. Black River Delta has released their sophomore album Vol. II in March and look to expand their popularity.

To me, the dirty-blues sound from bands like Black River Delta, Rival Sons, and others sounds like what Robert Johnson or the other older bluesmen would sound like if they had a fuzz pedal at their disposal. It’s a foot stomper’s paradise and cuts directly to your core. With the troves of terrible music lately, this genre is a pleasant and welcomed difference that I hope sticks around for a while!

 

Patrick Ortiz 

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