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DELTA WIRES Websize Photo


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Studio Montage
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Hell of a show collage

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Delta Wires Collage
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CD Cover Live in SF
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CD Cover Delta Wires 1st
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CD Cover Tears Like Rain
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CD Cover them that's got
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CD Cover Live @ 105
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CD Cover Anthology
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The following is some descriptive text on the DELTA WIRES which you may use in your publication or on your event's website if you like (as you cut-and-paste you may need to change the text color from white as appropriate):

OPTION 1:
DELTA WIRES is a big, high-energy harmonica and horns blues band from the Oakland/San Francisco Bay Area. They were Finalists out 100 blues bands from all over the world, in the Blues Foundation's 2008 International Blues Challenge held in Memphis, TN, and inducted into the California Blues Hall of Fame in December, 2012.   The DELTA WIRES have recorded 6 CDs, and were voted Voted "Best Band" Oakland/East Bay, by the readers of Oakland Magazine and also by the East Bay Express. They have appeared at the San Francisco Blues Festival, the Russian River Blues Festival, the Monterey Bay Blues Festival 8 times, headlined the Shasta Blues Society’s Redding Blues by the River Festival, have played Crescent City Blues Festival, Central Valley Blues Festival, Oakland Blues and Heritage Festival, Sacramento Jazz Festival and Jubilee, and many others. The DELTA WIRES have toured or played with many noted artists including Van Morrison, John Lee Hooker, Freddie King, The Neville Bros, Dr. John, The Doobie Brothers, Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, John Mayall, Charlie Musselwhite, Boz Scaggs, Bad Company, The James Gang, Elvin Bishop, and numerous others…

(for a more comprehensive list of where DELTA WIRES has appeared and with whom, click here)

OPTION 2:
Delta Wires is a Big, high-energy, harmonica & horns blues band which started as a college anthology of blues project in Oakland, CA.  2008 FINALISTS in Blues Foundation's International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN, out of 100 band representatives from blues societies all over the world.  They were
inducted into the California Blues Hall of Fame in December, 2012, and voted "Best Band" Oakland/East Bay byOakland Magazine and the East Bay Express.  For years Delta Wires have shared billing with such blues luminaries as Van Morrison, Boz Skaggs, Freddie King, Buddy Guy, Lowell Fulson and many others.  These elements culminate in this finely-honed presentation of rhythm and blues stylings as an art form.  Take one talented Italian city kid with his harmonica, and his boyhood bass-playing buddy, raised in the Oakland/East Bay area - the heart of West Coast Blues - add a virtuoso guitarist and talented 3-piece horn section with Mississippi Delta and Chicago Big Band influences, all driven by a classic “fat back” drum pulse, to create this hybrid of urban sound.  Anchor this explosive combination with years of heart, soul and sweat on stage and you've got a definitive representation of a generation of the Bay Area music scene.

The DELTA WIRES name was derived from the image of a band with modern, "electric" instrumentation, playing a style of music born in the Mississippi "Delta". What began as a college project and anthology of blues music from the Mississippi Delta to the South Side of Chicago, inevitably evolved into a band which has become known for its originality, versatility, and crisp, tight, exciting sound.

What some reviewers have said about DELTA WIRES:
(also see "Quotes" page)

"a fiery breath of blues, carried by brilliant brass and the virtuosity of a top-notch harp playing leader, the kind of revelation that the most jaded aficionados can only realize once every twenty years ... Imagine a cross between Count Basie Orchestra and J. Geils Band origins: it is simply stunning!"
Patrick Dallongeville, Presto! Magazine, France, June 2013


"From jump rhythms to nasty, lowdown Windy City laments, DELTA WIRES electrifies the audience... This tight Bay Area troop, fronted by vocalist/harmonica genius/composer Ernie Pinata, melds Mississippi Delta tunes and Chicago-style arrangements with rock, soul, and swing sensitivity...It's terrific! This rockin' blues band is spectacular -- tight, topical, and torrid."    - Lee Cooper, Ph.D. - Rock & Blues News

"a tough, rocking, socking band, knocking out crowds...the WIRES are burning up! "   -Joel Selvin, San Francisco Chronicle


"They blow hard from the get-go, a tight horn section blending comfortably with the spirited, intense harmonica from lead man Ernie Pinata ... as fierce a Sonny Boy Williamson-influenced harp as you will find"   - Bill Kisluik, BLUES ACCESS Magazine.

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Instrumentation:
Ernie Pinata - Harmonica/vocals
Tom Gerrits - Bass/vocals
Richard Healy - Guitar
Tony Huszar - Drums
Larry Jonutz - Trumpet/backup vocals
Jim Orsetti - Sax/backup vocals
Gerry Jonutz - Sax/backup vocals

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