Glen Delpit, High Water Everywhere (Dharma Brand Records) - Long-time Fresno favorite Glen Delpit returns with High Water Everywhere, his fourth solo effort. Delpit works from an acoustic and folk base, singing the gambler's blues.
Glen was born in New Orleans and raised in California. He has been performing in the Fresno area for more than twenty years, and has opened for such artists as John Lee Hooker, Bo Diddley, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, and Dave Alvin.
While High Water Everywhere is a solo project, Delpit has enjoyed substantial success with his backing bands, including The House Rockers and his current combo, The Subterraneans.
High Water Everywhere is filled with guest appearances from local artists, including Charles Pettee (mandolin and vocals), Max Baloian (accordion and mandolin), Jeremy Bluestein (Irish whistle), Pat Case (trumpets/trombone), Mike Mullen (fiddle) and Jenny Surabian (backing vocals).
High Water Everywhere is filled with images of down-on-their-luck gamblers, itinerant preachers, and burning rain. Yet I like the album best on songs like "Dark Carnival," "Shifting Sands," and "There's a Road," in which Delpit works from his story-telling strengths.
Although Delpit tags himself "original country blues and rag time," High Water Everywhere is more in the realm of Mark Knopfler than Robert Johnson - more emphasis on guitars than exorcism of past demons.
With his use of sound bites from old films, Delpit seeks to bridge the past with the present. Watch out for High Water Everywhere.
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