Delta Moon is a very popular band around metro Atlanta, which is where I live. Listening to Black Cat Oil will quickly make clear how they have gained such a loyal and growing following.
All of the songs on this CD are originals, except for an excellent cover of Fred McDowell's "Write Me a Few of Your Lines." The rest of the songs were written by founding member Tom Gray, with assistance from fellow founding member Mark Johnson on "Black Cat Oil," "Wishbone," "Black Coffee," and "Jukin'."
With a solid rhythm section providing a pounding beat and Tom Gray's slightly ragged-sounding vocals, Black Cat Oil has a great rootsy, bluesy rock sound from the very first song, "Down and Dirty." The CD was recorded at Atlanta's Bakos Amp Works studio with a basic drum setup, an upright bass and only three amps, according to the press release. They then used vintage amps and equipment from the '50s and '60s to get that authentic, swampy sound.
Every song on this CD is excellent. "Blues in a Bottle," Tom Gray says, came to him in a dream. In the press release, he explains that he dreamed that a guitarist was trying to decide the best way to play a song called "Blues in a Bottle." He wished he had come up with that title, "Then I awoke and discovered that I had." It's a great blues-rock tune, no matter how he came to write it.
"Walk Out in the River," is a song about sorrow and hope. It contains one of my favorite images: "There's a little girl down by the swimming pool side/Blowing bubbles with angels trapped inside/When the bubbles pop, the angels go free/ And they fly away to heaven cross the galaxy."