Delta Wires was truly born in Oakland. The band started as band leader Ernie Pinata’s college project demonstrating the evolution of the Blues from the cotton fields of the Mississippi Delta, to Chicago, and ultimately to the West Coast.
The small band Ernie put together to play examples of this evolution, grew into the high-powered seven-piece band that now calls itself Delta Wires.
“Born in Oakland”, their 7th album, demonstrates a further maturation of their West Coast Blues style influenced by the ups and downs of city life, and of life itself… Truly original, we think you will find the compositions by the band on this album to be unique and untypical of what you would expect from a “blues band”… Both high-energy and moody, with intricate horn arrangements and harmonies, the band is proud of what they have accomplished.
Total Runtime: 41:42
Ernie Pinata: Band leader, Harmonica, Lead Vocals
Tom Gerrits: Bass, Background Vocals
Richard Healy: Guitar
Tony Huszar: Drums, Congas, Tambourine
Gerry Jonutz: Tenor, Alto, Baritone saxes
David Bowman: Trombone
John Christensen: Trumpet
Recorded and Mixed by Steve Johnson Jr.
at Brickwall Sound, Concord CA
Assistant Engineer: Clara Zhu
Mastering Engineer: Bob Olhsson, Nashville TN
Executive Producer: Anthony ”Little Tony” Calabrese
Produced by Ernie Pinata, Tom Gerrits, Tony Huszar
Co Producer :Steve Johnson Jr.
This Album is dedicated to Larry Jonutz and his Family