Delay Does Chicago
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Pacific Northwesterner Paul deLay leaves behind his trusty band to take himself and his harmonica on a turn through Chicago; teaming up with Rockin' Johnny Burgin's band, he's produced an album of harp-heavy, Chi-town-flavored blues that's more than a curiosity. DeLay is a veteran, and you can hear it in his concise songwriting, growling vocals, and riff-heavy harp playing. Things kick off with the heavy groove of "Beautiful Bones" before sliding into the tense, slow-burning "Brave Woman." DeLay and his borrowed backups shuffle handily through "All Cried Out" and "Come On Home," the latter of which boasts some hilarious lyrics, sung more than capably by Zora Young. Guitarist Jimmy Dawkins also guest stars. There's always been more than a bit of Chicago in deLay's playing, but it's a treat to hear him go for that sound for an entire album. --Genevieve Williams
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Instead, he leans into the style composing his own dynamite songs. In their way, they are as strong as anything in the Delay Band ouvre. No one should be without "Great Big Kid." It conveys the man accurately, joyously, beautifully. I too was lucky to see Paul many times, in all sorts of venues and formats, both before and after Recovery. The CDs that are in print are all post Recovery and all are absolute must-haves in your blues collection. He was a writer of great power, a master performer both vocally and on his instruments, and a wonderful man. I hope someone taped his sessions with pianist Janice Scroggins and a snare drummer. Those were the most pared-down excursions he ever made, and, as always, he ripped the joint up. I hope these too will be found and released. Don't miss Paul. Anywhere. Ever.