Calm Before The Storm, the band's debut CD on Mountain Fever Records will be released October 9th.
"Delta Reign brings together the musical influences of each of our members; bluegrass, western swing, blues and jazz," states Benita. "We like to call it Delta Bluegrass."
And with her solid rhythm and moving swing chords on guitar, Benita certainly adds the swing and jazz element to the band while also taking on most of the lead singing with a very earthy, deep-rooted vocal style.
Pat Murphy brings the bluegrass influence with his driving banjo and his creative ideas with the arrangements help give the band its unique sound. Singing together over the years with Benita has afforded the life-partners a very tight vocal blend.
Rounding out Delta Reign are Harrison, Arkansas native George Mason on fiddle and Joshua Faul from Gulfport, Mississippi on bass. Mason grew up on bluegrass but spent the better part of his career working with major touring acts and also served as the musical director for The Osmonds for six years. While a newcomer to bluegrass music, Faul brings solid bass knowledge to the band as well as the Mississippi blues element.
Delta Reign first caught the attention of Mountain Fever Records executive Mark Hodges at the International Bluegrass Music Association's 2011 conference in Nashville. "I felt the sound Delta Reign had was just so different from what I was hearing elsewhere," states Hodges. "They have this unique way of blending western swing with bluegrass that just floored me and so we began talking about the future of the band and what they were hoping to accomplish." Those conversations led to Hodges signing Delta Reign to the Mountain Fever Records label and putting them into the studio almost immediately. The end result is a finely crafted project titled Calm Before The Storm, that will offer listeners a virtual ride through the musical countryside of Alabama's Mobile River delta region of the gulf coast.
The first single, "Columbus Stockade Blues" is a fine example of what music enthusiasts have to look forward to with the band's upcoming CD. Dating back to 1927, "Columbus Stockade Blues" was perhaps made most famous by Jimmie Davis' recording in 1943 but has since been covered by everyone from Willie Nelson to Doc Watson. Delta Reign certainly makes their mark with the recording, giving it that Delta Bluegrass style they've claimed as their own.
The first single from the project, "Columbus Stockade Blues" has been shipped to radio and is also available to radio programmers via digital download through AirplayDirect. The upcoming CD, Calm Before The Storm, will be released on October 9th. For more information on Delta Reign, please visit www.DeltaReign.com or www.MountainFever.com.