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The Delta Nationals make us swoon!

The Delta Nationals release their new CD, All Over the Map, at swing dance teacher Bruce Hart’s ninth 50th birthday party Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Arcata Community Center. The dance, a benefit for the Fieldbrook Elementary School’s seventh and eighth grade trip to Catalina Island, begins at 7:30 p.m. and lasts until 11:30 p.m. Admission is at least $5. The music, which will start at 8 p.m., will be preceded by a potluck dinner.

Hart, with his wife Carrie, has been teaching swing dance and other ballroom dances for the last 30 years in northern Humboldt County, instructing thousands of people how to dance.

The Delta Nationals new CD is an 11-song effort comprised of all original songs written by the band. As the title implies, the musical styles range widely from jump swing and classic country, to Memphis soul, bossa nova, reggae, New Orleans R&B and surf music.

Joining the Delta Nationals for the party will be guests who performed on the CD including renowned Arcata singer Joyce Hough, the Roadmasters’ singer/guitarist Doug Eastteam and dobro and pedal steel player Michael Proctor, formerly of the Eileen Hemphill-Haley Band.

All Over the Map was recorded at Myrtletown Records in Eureka by engineer Tim Gray, who also co-produced the CD with The Delta Nationals. The band began recording in May 2006 and finished the final mix in December 2007.

The CD will be for sale at the party for $10. Local record stores will also sell the CD, and it will be available for sale through both cdbaby.com and deltanationals.com.

For information, call Bruce Hart at (707) 839-1792.

From the CD’s liner notes: “Having a great time in my convertible, the radio tuned to the Delta Nationals. When ‘Hey Mr. Deejay’ comes on, why change it? Don’t touch that dial when the music makes you smile. Careening all over the musical map, from the Pacific with that ‘Camel Rock’ surf tune, a side trip to Memphis for that smoky ballad ‘Everlasting.’ Took a wild left turn into old-school country territory – ‘Overtime’ and ‘The Last Logger Leaving Town’ are the kind of songs they should play on country radio stations today. And that western swing of ‘Lonesome Cowboy’ – now that’s some sweet pickin.’

“We found the Lost Highway, headed South, sampled a musical gumbo in ‘Up from New Orleans,’ a dash of Jamaica with ‘ I’m Alive’ and the subtle Caribbean lilt of ‘ Civilized Man.’ A bit of Ray Charles-style R&B drifted through the atmosphere while listening to ‘ My Baby’s Good to Me.’ We also crossed the Panama Canal and ended up in South America for ‘ That Bossa Nova Thing.’ These new Delta Nationals songs – all originals by the band – are for dreamers and for those who wonder where all the dreams disappeared to, songs of passion and humor, doubt and hope and music so grooving and beautiful that you can’t help but feel better after taking this musical journey. Go ahead, push the button and get ready to roll on and on and on….” – Wax Johnson.

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5 Comments»

  ekovox wrote @

Thanks for the write-up. Greatly appreciated.

It’ll be a grand time. Potluck dinner. In bed before midnight. Now, that’s a RockFest!

  Monica wrote @

I give this show my personal 2 stumpy thumbs up (if that means anything). Seriously, dress like you’re going to dance and wear some comfy shoes.

  Terrence McNally wrote @

Ross will be home in time for Murder She Wrote.

  ekovox wrote @

Ahhhhh, Jessica Fletcher……sigh.

  Anon wrote @

As with all Delta National shows, hot chocolate will be served, marshmallows optional


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