Delta Reign is gaining even more momentum after a extremely busy summer the hot reviews for their record keep piling up.
Bluegrass Unlimited released their new issue with extremely high praise for the new record titled “Nothing But Sky”.
“This is easy listening bluegrass. The band simmers along with some sweet songs delivered in an unhurried style featuring Belinda Murphy’s vocals. On the fourth cut, they go up-tempo and drive into “Nothing But Sky,” a very catchy song. They dig in and get to the old mountain fiddle tune “Sandy Boys” or “Lonesome John” (both of which are the foundation on which Ralph Stanley built “Clinch Mountain Backstep”) for “Back Around The Mountain.” By this time, the listener is becoming fully aware of what a fine fiddler George Mason is on backup or lead.” MORE
Bluegrass Today followed up the next week with another page of praise for this recording. “The album moves back and forth between swingy, jazzy bluegrass and a more folk/acoustic country sound. Things start out on the folk side of things with Calico Sundown, a lost love number which lead vocalist Benita Murphy fills with longing. George Mason’s fiddle and Weissenborn lap steel from guest Aaron Ramsey add to the melancholy feel of the song. The trucking song Long Haul adds a bit of grass to the folk sound, thanks to Pat Murphy’s banjo. Both songs are enjoyable, and are reminiscent of something Kathy Mattea might have recorded in the 1990s.” MORE
There’s a sweet sound coming out of the Mobile River region of Alabama. Just as individual rivers flow to form a delta, so has Delta Reigncome together combining different musical influences to create their own distinct style. “Nothing But Sky” is the culmination of this merging.
Delta Reign is made up of the dynamic husband and wife duo of Pat Murphy and Benita Murphy from Mobile, AL, with George Mason and Joshua Faul completing the group. Pat is a hard-driving and innovative banjo player who assists in the music arrangement. Benita is a singer/songwriter and arranges most of the group’s music. She plays a strong rhythm guitar while occasionally adding the rousing swing rhythm that the band is well-known for. Dazzling fans with his fiddle, George is from Gulfport, MS and has an impressive musical resume which is full of exceptional experience that helps set Delta Reign apart. His tenor vocals enhance the group as well. Also from Gulfport, MS, Joshua is the newest member of the band. Originally an electric bass player, he happened upon the upright bass while filling in with the band for a performance. He instantly fell in love with it and has kept the band together with his smooth and steady bass playing ever since.
Since joining Travianna Records, with its belief “Music…No Boundaries,” Delta Reign has enjoyed the freedom of not conforming to anyone else’s rules. They have relished experimenting with recording, instrumentation and musical styles. In fact, when Benita first heard the song, “Nothing But Sky” she knew instantly that it would be the title track of their new project because of the simple, unlimited freedom it describes. In the past the group has been best known for its swinging style they call “Delta Grass,” but with their new project, they take a small turn and include added elements of bluegrass giving it a more grassy, Americana feel. The album includes many types of songs with some impressive songwriters. The title track, “Nothing But Sky” was written by Ed Williams and upon hearing it, the band quickly adopted its lyrics as their vision. Other songwriters include Alan Rhody, Bart Butler, Tony Ramey, Vip Vipperman, Cameron Earnshaw, Robert George and even Elvis Pressley. The album, “Nothing But Sky” includes everything from an emotional ballad, bluegrass story songs, a ‘barn burner’ and western swing tunes. There’s something for everyone. Aaron Ramsey, of Mountain Heart fame adds flair to a few tracks including the first track, “Calico Sundown” with the Weissenborn guitar and acoustic guitar. Sean Murphy provides drums.
Benita states, “It’s our hope that with “Nothing But Sky,” listeners will get to know who Delta Reign really is. We love what we do, and we hope our listeners will too.”