CD Review – Bobby Messano with Deanna Bogart – “Welcome To Deltaville”



Bobby Messano with Deanna Bogart – Welcome To Deltaville


I love the cover concept but the album isn’t just another tribute to Mayall, Clapton & The Bluesbreakers, (despite beginning with a great version of Otis Rush’s “All Your Love”),

this is a modern blues album which stands on the merits of great songs and superb playing. “Invisible Man” could easily have been written by Clapton – get the song to him immediately!

A languid, laid back beat, tasty slide (with a nod to a well known song) and great vocals bid us “Welcome To Deltaville” – “A peaceful spot where we all should be” – yes please! – real or imaginary!

“The Way Of The World” is a reggae tinged tale of resignation at the way things are in the world these days – great singalong backing vocals means we can all share our feelings at the way things are!

“My Crazy Dreams” is a slow blues which, lyrically, many of us can empathise with. A very tasty guitar solo from Bobby is a highlight of this track. In fact the guitar playing across the whole album is superb – tasteful and understated. The guitar sound across the whole album is firmly rooted in the blues – I’d love to have access to those amps and guitars!

As the title suggest “I Ain’t Got Diddley” features the well known riff made famous by Bo and played by garage bands around the world, Here Bobby tells the protaganist of the song, in no uncertain terms, that he ain’t got Diddley for her! There’s a hint, before a short blistering solo, of some JamBand sensibilities at play – more on that later.

The second cover on the album, “The Way You Do The Things You Do” is one of my favourite songs written by Smokey Robinson and I’ve always loved the live versions played by Jerry Garcia. Here Bobby & the band stay true to the feeling of the original version by The Temptations, but add their own swing and great touches to the track. Again, Bobby’s guitar solos are exemplary, and bandmate Deanna Bogart swings a superb sax solo and duets with Bobby’s guitar as the track finishes. I bet this tune swings when it is played live!

“Lonely Town” slows things down after the whirlwind of the previous track – a slowly swinging cool blues number telling a tale that will resonate with many men of a certain age!

“Sleepwalk” is a guitar instrumental that guitar players of a certain age will all have tried to play – Bobby plays the heck out of it here with an emotional, lyrical ending solo built around the famous melody of this Santo & Johnny tune. Again the guitar sound is tremendous – kudos to Geoff “The Guitar Sound God” Wilbourn.

The album finishes with a storming extended version of Traffic’s “Low Spark of High Heeled Boys” – a song beloved by many jamband fans and bands alike. Here, Deanna’s sax plays an integral role in the song. In fact the whole band stretch out – I bet this is a live favourite! (Don’t miss the last minute of the track – if you know what it means please let me know!)
So “Welcome To Deltaville” is an album that deserves a place in the collection of any blues fan – the original songs are simply excellent and deserve to be heard far and wide.

The covers are sympathetic interpretations of the originals, yet reflect the “Bobby Messano” sound, so fit in completely on this album. The musicianship is faultless.

In fact the only questions I have: When can I get to see this band play live? And can I bring my axe and sit in too?
(This will be Album Of The Week on The Blues Show on BishopFM on Sunday June 30th 6-9pm UK time.)

Blues Show 211 playlist

Album Of The Week

Martini Garden – The Meaning of Rock n Roll?

Patrick Sweany – Working For You

Albany Down – Not Over Yet

Marcus Bonfanti – Bang Of a Gun from Album Of The Week Shake The Walls

Minnie and Erson Live in Session:

– Water Cooker

– Junk Saviour

– Body Bags

John Lee Hooker Jr – Do Daddy (Requiem For John Lee Hooker)

Dana Dixon Band – As The Years Go Passing By

Tommy Z – Living in A Blues State

Minnie and Erson Live in Session:

– Dirt

– Keep Crawling Back

– Shame

Matt Schofield Trio – See Me Through

Marcus Bonfanti – Alley Cat

Cassie Taylor – No Ring Blues

Marcus Bonfanti – We All Do Bad Sometimes

Marcus Bonfanti Interview Backstage at The Gala

Marcus Bonfanti Live Backstage – Jezebel

Tim Green Band – I Confess

Mr. Black and Blues – Hear My Train A Comin’

Paul Lamb & The Kingsnakes – No Matter What You Do

Marcus Bonfanti – Honey

Chantel McGregor – I’m No Good For You

Lucy Zirins – Death Letter

Gary Grainger – Jesus Just Left Chicago

The New Groove – Quit Bitchin’

The Tom Gee Band – Better Things To Do

Creepy Uncle – She’s Into Something

Trevor Sewell – Where The Wild Ones Go

Grand Marquis – Blues and Trouble

Nick Tann – That Woman

Harry Manx – Baby Please Don’t Go

Marcus Bonfanti Live Backstage – The Bittersweet

Rattlesnake Jones – Where The Devil Lives

Blues Show 210 playlist

Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band – I Believe I’ll Make A Change

Alvin Youngblood Hart – Motherless Children Have A Hard Time

Boogie Bone – Too Old To Die Young

The Last Fakers – Help Me Out

The Trevor Sewell Band – The Train

Sweet Suzi & Sugafixx – Moanin’

Sweet Suzi and John Puglisi telephone interview

Sweet Suzi & Sugafixx – Too Hot To Touch

Lonnie Mack –  Satisfy Susie

Gil Scott Heron – Me & The Devil

Charlie Parr – Nowhere Fast

Mike Zito – Pearl River

Big Al & The Heavyweights – Sunshine On Me

Blacktop Deluxe – Money In My Pocket

Big Head Todd & The Monsters – When You Got A Good Friend

The Allman Brothers – Trouble No More

Jake Lear – Diamonds & Stones

Albany Down – Travelling Blues

Kim Wilson – You Got Me

Zoe Schwarz – Beatitudes

King Britt – New World In My View

Mississippi John Hurt – Stack O Lee Blues

Jo Harman & Company – Ain’t No Love

Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band – Leaving Trunk

Michael Katon – If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day

Angelo Palladino – I Just Can’t Sleep

Kirsten Thien – Please Drive

M Ward – Howlin’ For My Baby

Rory Block – Write Me A Few Of Your Lines

Dave Fields – Pocket Full of Dust

Martin Harley – Ball and Chain

Etta Baker – One Dime Blues

Blues Show 209 playlist


Half Deaf Clatch Live IN SESSION


Sam Hare – Good Things Always

Black Cat Bones – Chauffeur

Nick Cohen (feat. Marcus Bonfanti) Head Held High

Marcus Bonfanti – The Bittersweet (exclusive Blues Show Live Recording)

Half Deaf Clatch Live In The Studio:


Let Her Go/Application For A Licence


Old Death Train

Little Babe

I’m No Superman – British Blues Awards nomination in Kevin Thorpe Memorial Songwriting Award

Well Well

Lucky Peterson – Yer Blues

Dave Kelly & Jo-Ann Kelly – Ramblin’ Gal

Gov’t Mule – Streamline Woman

Lester Butler Tribute Band – Blackwater Roll

Big Pete – Don’t Start Cryin’ Now

Matt Schofield Trio – Sittin’ On Top Of The World

John Campbell – Texas Country Boy

John Crampton – Tequila Blues

Richard Townend – Plenty Of Time

Laurence Jones – Not Stickin’ Around

Albany Down – Travellin’ Blues

Colin Linden – Big River

Dave Alvin – Mama Ain’t Long For Day

Billy Walton Band – Deal With The Devil

Cassie Taylor – Ol’ Mama Dean

Boo Boo Davis – Dirty Dog

Lucy Zirins – Interview @ Hebden Bridge

Lucy Zirins Live @ Hebden Bridge – The Last One

Bonnie Mac Band – The Flood

Mike Zito & The Wheel – Subtraction Blues

Paul Butterfield Blues Band – Get Out My Life Woman

Taj Mahal – Done Changed My Way Of Livin’

Duster Bennett – There’s A Man Down There

Memphis Minnie – Bumble Bee

Matt Andersen – I Work Hard For The Luxury

John Crampton – Who Do You Love?