Produced by seven time Grammy winner Daniel Lanois, Rocco DeLuca builds upon the brooding and haunting mood of his last solo album, 2011 s Drugs N Hymns with his new album entitled, Rocco DeLuca.
Currently residing in East Hollywood, CA, Rocco hosted a number of recording sessions in his bedroom with a number of notable local musicians, local folks and family, including drummer Oliver Charles (Ben Harper), guitarist and vocalist Christian Letts (Edward Sharpe), bassist Seth-Ford Young (Edward Sharpe), violinist Odessa Jorgensen, bassist Gus Siefert (The Black Keys, Beck), vocalist Soko and drummers Josh Collazo (Edward Sharpe) and Jonathan Wright.
Deluca accompanies his always striking voice with his trademark National guitar and lap steel.
Whereas Drugs n Hymns was notable for its spare, quiet intensity and attention to the darker side of things, Rocco DeLuca revels in a spirited spontaneity no doubt achieved through many an inspired (and oftentimes unacknowledged) home recording session among friends, yet maintains the intimacy that made Drugs so special.
The sincere sentiments evoked by the lyrics began as personal notes and stories intended to be shared with friends. Once DeLuca had chosen the best of the home recordings, he handed them over to Lanois to work his distinctive production magic.
Says DeLuca: When Daniel hears music he believes in, he simply calls it soul music. He follows his heart and instincts. He s such a raw human being and is very direct and truthful and he brings honor and dignity to all he does, whether he s playing the pedal steel or mixing. He s a master at recognizing the most important things in the mix and I trust him to find the most important sentiment, even when it s the voice of the slide guitar which best tells the song s story.