DELTA DEEP, the critically acclaimed blues-based band featuring Phil Collen (lead guitarist of DEF LEPPARD) and Robert DeLeo (bassist for STONE TEMPLE PILOTS), in addition to Debbi Blackwell-Cook (back-up vocalist for such artists as Michael Bublé and Gregory Hines) and Forrest Robinson (drummer for India.Arie, Joe Sample & THE CRUSADERS, TLC), will release a concert CD/DVD, “East Coast Live”, on January 26, 2018 via Frontiers Music Srl. The set captures a magical night where all the stars fell into place at Daryl’s House, the Pawling, New York club owned by Daryl Hall of HALL & OATES.
A lyric video for the song “Bless These Blues” can be seen below. Collen states about the track: “This tour was the first time we played the song live, and I’m blown away by the sound. It came over like a living, breathing powerful entity — a monster — everything you’d want in a live song. We had this particular performance filmed at Daryl’s House on the second to the last day of our East Coast tour. It was so mighty, it made sense that we release it as a live performance lyric video instead of just an audio track and share it with the world.”
Collen initially started DELTA DEEP in 2012 after jamming at home over the course of a year with friend and relative Debbi Blackwell-Cook (Blackwell-Cook is the godmother of Collen‘s wife, Helen). What started as a casual pairing singing Motown and classic blues staples while Debbi frequently visited Collen‘s home quickly turned into much more. Collen, Helen and Debbi began writing original music which Collen and Debbi recorded in Collen‘s home studio. Later that year, a chance meeting re-acquainted Collen with Memphis native and enigmatic heavy metal, jazz, and R&B drummer Forrest Robinson. A friend suggested giving STP bassist Robert DeLeo a call. Sharing a loving affinity for soul, funk and the blues, DeLeo was the perfect fit. According to Collen: “We really wanted Robert in this band. He had the added firepower of being the premiere pioneer and most ‘badass bass player’ to come out of the alternative rock explosion.”