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article imageCatching up with Delta Deep at B.B. King Blues Club in New York Special

By Markos Papadatos     Apr 4, 2016 in Music
New York - Phil Collen, Debbi Blackwell-Cook, Forrest Robinson and Robert DeLeo from Delta Deep sat down and chatted with Digital Journal prior to their show at B.B. King Blues Club in New York on April 3.
On performing at B.B. King Blues Club in New York City, Robinson said, "This is my first time at this B.B. King Blues Club. Being from Memphis, I have an affinity for B.B. King anyway. There's a lot of love there."
Blackwell-Cook added, "I'm home again. It's nice. Very nice."
Robert DeLeo shared that the tour has been going great. "It has been really great, and we are all having a great time," DeLeo said. From their debut studio album as Delta Deep, DeLeo noted that he enjoys all of the songs and that he could not pick a favorite. "I always look at it as an album. Is that a word used anymore?" DeLeo asked.
Phil Collen penned his autobiographical book Adrenalized, where he talks about Def Leppard, and it was neat for him to include Delta Deep in that book as well.
On their plans for the future, Collen said, "We have a live album coming out. The West Coast has been amazing, and we hope to do more legs for this tour. That would be cool."
DeLeo praised The Paramount in Huntington. "I love that place. I played there with Chester [Bennington] and with Scott [Weiland]. It's a great place," DeLeo admitted.
When asked if Delta Deep gets cross-over fans from Def Leppard and from Stone Temple Pilots, Collen jokingly answered, "Yes, and a few cross-dressers."
For Blackwell-Cook, the key to longevity in the music industry is "passion." "This is something I would do whether I was getting paid or not, and it is very therapeutic," she said. "This group in particular is a family. We can say whatever we need to say and it is very healing."
DeLeo also paid homage to the late Scott Weiland. "I miss him terribly," he said. "It is sad to see that he is not with us anymore."
Blackwell-Cook defined success as "truth and love," while for DeLeo, it is more about contentment. "I remember when my band got a record deal and I was earning $50 a week, and I could give up my day job. That point really defined success for me," Collen said.
For their fans, Collen concluded, "Come on down. Where are you?" "We are a new band. For those of you who have the faith in us and our music and are willing to check us out, thank you so much, and thank you in advance, and we hope to knock your socks off," Robinson said.
To learn more about the blues group Delta Deep, check out their official website.
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