Delta Spirit


http://www.deltaspirit.net
Delta Spirit is a band from San Diego, California. They are often dubbed as a “hybrid of rock and northern soul” or as an "Americana/soul" group. The group incorporates unconventional instruments (such as trash cans lids and orchestral bass drums), the multi-instrumentalism of the members and the vocal delivery and religiously/spiritually-themed lyrics of singer Matt Vasquez. The group consists of Jon Jameson (bassist), Brandon Young (percussionist), Matthew Vasquez (vocalist/guitarist), Sean Walker (guitarist), and Kelly Winrich (multi-instrumentalist).

Delta Spirit formed in 2005 when Jonathan Jameson and Brandon Young, who had played with each other in many bands, and their new friend Sean Walker decided that they wanted to start a band that they really loved. Jameson, Young and Walker (who had just begun playing guitar) needed a vocalist; Young first spotted Vasquez busking loudly on a bench at two in the morning and the two exchanged information. Kelly Winrich started as the band's producer but joined the band within the first year. The band got its name from Jonathan's great uncle, "Uncle Red", who was a flight control operator near Birmingham, AL. He also ran a company, "Delta Spirit Taxidermy Station of North Central Alabama". The band released their debut EP, I Think I've Found It, on Monarchy Music in 2006, after which they toured alongside Cold War Kids, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and Dr. Dog.

The band decided to self-produce and record their debut full length album, Ode to Sunshine, in a cabin in the San Diego mountains. It was re-released with new artwork (featuring Kelly's uncle Dr. Thomas Payne on the cover) and a new version of the song "Streetwalker" on August 26, 2008 by Rounder Records. The band has recently made television appearances, both on Late Night with Conan O'brien in late 2008 and Last Call with Carson Daly on the March 12th, 2009 episode. They are currently working on recording their second full-length album. The album will be entitled, History From Below, and will be released in June of 2010.

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