"Coming from Detroit, and bringing with them their hard rocking blues, Delta Twins capture the energy of a live performance and imprint it onto their 2012 album, The Seasons & The Scars. The twins themselves, Bob Young and Tom Kozanecki have only been playing together since 2009... and they are joined by a number of talented artists and all of them have brought their “A-game.
Kozanecki handles rhythm guitar and does some lead work, while the other half of Delta Twins, Young, serves as lead vocalist and keyboardist, but also throws himself behind the guitar and harmonica. Filling out the rest of the band is lead guitarist Jake Burdock, drummer Leland McCann, and Kenny Szymanski on bass.
Their skills are all revealed on the album’s opening track, “Big Shoes.” A rollicking piano intro seamlessly flows into strong guitar riffing, a chugging bass line, and crisp, forceful drumming. The grit in the guitar riff is unmistakably drawn from the blues, something reasserted within the song’s tightly played, first solo. It’s the second solo that separates Delta Twins from others as the guitar opens up to unleash a flurry of notes with a down and dirty roar. Young’s vocals are also dirty; he digs deep and lets lyrics fly with a salt of the Earth gusto that is as true as the music he’s playing.
The amount of energy that radiates off of this album is almost unheard of for a set of studio recordings. Even if it’s not a perfect record, it’s still one that demands listening to from fans of rocking blues. And just as important for Delta Twins, this also acts as a reminder to the rest of the world about the powerful music force that Detroit was and continues to be."
-- Heath Andrews, Album Review (2/4/2013)
We're proud to be from Detroit. Contrary to negative media coverage, it is a city rich in history, culture, diversity, and spirit. We're honored to walk in the "big shoes" left behind by local greats John Lee Hooker, Etta James, Marvin Gaye, Johnnie Bassett, etc.. We're glad to point to all the living artists who call Detroit their home. And we're humbled to find this thriving music scene embracing us, and to be nominated for a 2012 Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Blues artist as well as compete as a finalist in the 2012 Detroit Blues Challenge and perform at some of the best venues in town.
Several songs on this album began as live jams that were later paired with Bob’s lyrics; others were results of the annual FAWM.org
project; and yes, we even included a couple of old favorites where we thought the definitive recording was captured this night. We can’t wait for you to hear “Keeper”…
Since we started Delta Twins in 2009 , we've had a "revolving door" of friends backing us. This year things stabilized with a fantastic lineup of young musicians - "The Triplets" - consisting of Leland McCann on drums, Jake Burdock on lead guitar, and Kenny Szymanski on bass. This powerful, energetic group of young men helped propel us to new heights in 2012, giving us even more courage and incentive to "Sing to the sky like there's nothing to hide". But like Del Paxton told Shades, “Ain’t no way to keep a band together…”, and as Kenny moves on we wish him our very, very best.
We hope these songs move you. We hope the lyrics work their magic down deep in your soul. Because in the end, it’s all about the “delta” - the change. Be the change.”
- Bob & Tom (aka the Delta Twins)
released November 8, 2012
Delta Twins are:
Bob Young (vocals, keys, guitar, blues harp)
Tom Kozanecki (lead & rhythm guitar, BGVs)
Backed by our wonderful friends:
Jake Burdock (lead guitar, BGVs)
Leland McCann (drums, candor)
Kenny Szymanski (bass guitar)
With special appearances by:
Nicholas Humenay-Klaver (lap steel)
Ian Tadaschi-Moore (piano extraordinaire)
Produced & arranged by Delta Twins.
Engineered by Delta Twins & Jake Burdock.
Design & layout by Bob Young.
All songs by Bob Young.
Special thanks to Mike Gusway for the photos.
© 2012 Crosswaves Music. All rights reserved.
Unauthorized reproduction is OK until we land a big record deal
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