Nashville band The Delta Saints released their new record Bones in August to widespread critical acclaim. They even have the approval of Pretenders front woman Chrissie Hynde, who called them a "great band" on the Bravo show "Watch What Happens Live."
The Delta Saints have been building toward Bones for a long time. They were a heavy touring band for the last eight years, playing sold-out shows in America and all across Europe. The band was formed when lead singer and lyricist Ben Ringel began making music with bassist David Supica. They soon added keyboardist Nate Kremer and guitarist Dylan Fitch to complete their full-bodied, eclectic lineup. Though their music obviously draws from the roots of Americana rock and roll, incorporating genres like country, soul, and rhythm and blues, the band creates its own sound entirely. It is not unusual to hear Kremer's eerie B3 organ, for instance, layered on top of a melancholy blues tune, or to hear Ringel emoting like an old soul singer over the funkiest bass line this side of the White Stripes.
Bones is gaining the Delta Saints even more praise and attention. It is common for critics to compare the band to the White Stripes or My Morning Jacket, two other bands that fused classic rock genres with a modern twist. The record is the group's first for Loud & Proud records. It was produced by Eddie Spear, who has produced artists such as Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, and Neil Young. The songs on the album were actually written spontaneously in the studio. Many of the tracks were based on band members' personal experience, such as the haunting "Dust," which is based on Ringel's East Kansas grandfather, and "Heavy Hammer," which is about being trapped in a thankless job.
The Delta Saints are continuing to tour in support of Bones. At the moment of this writing they are in Europe, but they will return to America for a show in Lawrence, Kansas, on December 3, which kicks off their U.S. tour. If you'd like to catch The Delta Saints in one of their high-energy live shows, check their website for other American tour dates.