The Delta Saints
Often leaning on the simple descriptor, "Bourbon-fueled, Bayou rock", The Delta Saints are a Nashville-based quintet composed of Ben Ringel (vocals/resonator guitar), Dylan Fitch (lead guitar), David Supica (bass), Ben Azzi (drums), and Nate Kremer (organ). They have spent the past six years carving out their very own space in the musical gray-area occupied by other blues-inspired artists like Gary Clark Jr., Tedeschi Trucks Band, and North Mississippi Allstars.
The band’s founding members met in the fall of 2007 as a group of college transfer students looking for drinking buddies. Friday night hangs quickly turned into Friday night jam sessions, and before they knew it, a friendship had formed. The discovery of their shared passion for creating and performing music eventually brought about the need for a name. Ringel’s upbringing in south-central Louisiana seemed an obvious connection, but he will be the first to tell you, “It just sounded right.” He continues, “One day we'll make up a great story about how we got our name. It will involve prison and bourbon and voodoo, but until then, the truth will have to suffice."
However it happened, once they found their footing, The Delta Saints never looked back.
In 2010, they recorded and released two separate EP's, Pray On and A Bird Called Angola, respectively. Over the next two years they toured relentlessly throughout the United States and Europe. In 2012, having amassed a troop of diehard supporters, they completed a successful Kickstarter campaign to crowdfund the creation of their first full-length record, Death Letter Jubilee.
Officially released in early 2013, Death Letter Jubilee marked the beginning of what proved to be a very productive year for the band. Highlighted by major support slots with Michael Franti & Spearhead, Goo Goo Dolls, Robert Randolph & the Family Band; festival plays at Wakarusa (US), Belgium Rhythm & Blues Festival (Belgium), Moulin Blues Festival (Netherlands); and a summer tour that touted 20 sold out shows in 13 different countries.
Rest assured the momentum building behind The Delta Saints has not gone unnoticed. They kicked off 2014 with an extensive 50-city international tour opening for Zac Brown’s southern rock brethren, Blackberry Smoke. To commemorate the occasion, the band released a new 3-song EP called Drink it Slow, featuring two new studio recordings and one live recording. The EP is available as a free download from the band’s website.
Summer 2014 saw the release of their first live album, Live at Exit/In. The album captures an electric sold out 2-night weekend in their hometown of Nashville. In support of Live at Exit/In, The Delta Saints hit the road on another international tour highlighted by a handful of major summer festival appearances at Summerfest (US), Summer Camp Festival (US), The Ride Festival (US), Grolsch Blues Festival (Germany) & Leffingeleuren Festival (Belgium).
At the end of the day, The Delta Saints know that their continued success as a band depends on their hard work and willingness to continue soaking up every opportunity they are given.
"We want to grow, but we understand that it's all in due time," says Ringel. "We want to fully realize the weight of our experiences, and be able to savor them too. We pay our bills, we fill the gas tank in our van, and we pay for our own albums to be pressed, all because of the people who believe in our music," Ringel reflects.
The Delta Saints have set out to build a name for themselves the old-fashioned way, winning over one fan at a time. They have already amassed an international following of friends, fans and supporters, and rest assured…they will make a believer out of you too.
Death Letter Jubilee
A Bird Called Angola
Drink It Slow
Out To Sea