One of the blessings and downfalls of writing for a music blog is the deluge of music we are lucky enough to experience. Sometimes something worthwhile gets lost in the shuffle and we don’t get enough time to spend with a particular release.
Back in March when Delta Spirit’s self-titled third LP came out, Oz and I both spun it a few times and had a tough time connecting. Our buddy Ryan, their manager, kept telling us to stick with it and you’ll grow to love it. So I would revisit it periodically, each time enjoying a song that I didn’t connect with before. As Lolla approached, I dug in again. I was looking forward to catching their set, but then as luck would have it, we set up a session with Delta Spirit. As the session drew closer, I connected deeply with the album and my anticipation grew like a 5 year old on Christmas Eve.
I grabbed my 5 year old, Hank, and headed downtown for one of the most enjoyable sessions I can remember. A number of the folks were there and everybody was in a great mood on this Lollapalooza Eve. The band was in good spirits and extremely generous with their time, and especially with Hank. Keyboardist Kelly Winrich even went down to the van to get him a Delta Spirit tee.
A couple of days later I grabbed my eight year old Teddy and his buddy Brooks to head down for the Delta Spirit set at Lolla. We managed our way backstage to watch and, right before the band took the stage, the boys met lead singer, Matt Vazquez. Again generous with his time, the boys were blown away when 10 minutes later – he was up on stage in front of a sea of fans. Delta Spirit’s set at Lolla was one of the best I’ve seen all year and one of the better ones I have ever seen at Lollapalooza. They tore through a blistering hour long set that ended with Vazquez melting countless Smart Phones as he dumped a dozen water buckets on the crowd.
So at the end of the weekend, I gained an even greater appreciation for their latest effort, a greater appreciation for them as people, and a greater appreciation of their live act.