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03/08/19 Mold North Wales Blues & Soul Festival United Kingdom
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: £tbc. Age restrictions: All Ages/Licensed. Address: Theatr Clwyd, Raikes Lane.

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Delta Moon’s latest album, Cabbagetown – named for one of the band’s favourite Atlanta neighbourhoods – came out in March 2017.  The band has been touring incessantly behind it, visiting nine countries and winning enthusiastic audience response.  “No Depression” describes Cabbagetown as having “great grooves, thought-provoking lyrics, infectious hooks, sweet slide guitar work and mountains of superb tone”.

It has been two decades now since Tom Gray walked into an Atlanta music store hoping to sell a 1930s Dobro.  The owner said “I don’t want it, but this guy might”.  The guy was Mark Johnson.  As they stepped out to Tom’s van to see the guitar, the girl with Mark kept whispering, “Let’s get out of here”.  Mark didn’t buy the guitar, but the two exchanged phone numbers and soon were playing slide guitar together – Mark on bottleneck and Tom on lap steel – in clubs, coffee shops and barbecue joints around Atlanta.  The name “Delta Moon” came to Mark on a pilgrimage to Muddy Waters’ cabin near Clarksdale, Mississippi.

Delta Moon 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 the US, Canada and Europe.  Bassist Franher Joseph joined Delta Moon in 2007, adding a sweet pocket and rich bass vocals.

TOM GRAY: vocals, lap steel, guitar, keyboards

MARK JOHNSON: guitar, banjo, backing vocals

FRANHER JOSEPH: bass, backing vocals



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“The potency of the guitar work by Tom Gray and Mark Johnson remains strong, and their riffs are completely coherent.” 4 stars –Downbeat

“If you’re looking for exquisite playing and fine songcraft, you will find it on Delta Moon’s Low Down. ” Living Blues

“The dynamic dual slide guitarists Tom Gray and his “blues brother” Mark Johnson once again shatter perceptions of what the music is and what it can become. Their 10th album, Low Down … enervates the genre as a timeless, evolving cultural treasure.” – Blues Festival Guide

“In summary, this is one of the catchiest albums that I have received for a long time, full of excellent music, where each piece has its own charm and the instrumentation is subtle and tasteful, but also remains raw and original. Really an album of a piece.” – BluesNews(Switzerland)

 “The slide-work of the two guitarists shimmers, always a highlight when they launch into solos. As long as there are such bands, the blues will never die!” – Weltmusik-Magazin (Germany)

“Fans the world over know that each and every time the Atlanta-based band rises up and gets Low Down on a new album, they’re in for a special ride.” – Elmore Magazine

“Delta Moon has developed over the years a very unique sound based as much on the two slide guitars as on the memorable voice of Tom Gray. On Low Down one can again find examples of why I think this band is one of the most important bands today.” – Wasser-Prawda (Germany)

“I think the album could be considered to be the best release of the first half of 2015.” – BluesNews (Russia)

“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 

  • Delta Moon was the winner of the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee, 2003.
  • In 2008 the Roots Music Association named Tom Gray the Blues Songwriter of the Year.
  • Tom Gray’s songs have been recorded by Cyndi Lauper (including the hit “Money Changes Everything”), Manfred Mann, Carlene Carter, Bonnie Bramlett and many others.
  • Delta Moon’s music has been featured in television shows on Showtime, Lifetime, the Food Network and more.
  • The band tours extensively in the United States, Canada and Europe.
  • Blues411 named Turn Around When Possibleone of the best live blues albums of 2013.