If I were voting for my favorite Folk Alliance showcase, it would have been Antara & Delilah. What a duo! I was instantly taken by their enthusiasm and love for their music. It's kind of hard to do that at 12:30 in the morning, but Antara and Delilah performed as if it were their first event of the day.
After spending several years as solo artists, the Santa Barbara, California-based gals hooked up at a songwriters workshop nearly six years ago. The union thas earned them numerous West Coast accolades, including three years running as Best Local Band according to the Santa Barbara News Press.
Antara & Delilah's music is a fusion of folk, jazz, country, pop, and rock, with a touch of bluegrass, together to create a unique California folk experience. Their perfectly timed harmonies, coupled with their deeply thoughtful lyrics makes this female duo one to be reckoned with. And while their exposure has predominantly been on the left coast, that's all about to change. A 2004 summer tour engagement with Jim Missina will bring the delightful melodies of Antara & Delilah to the forefront of American music-lover's minds all across the country.
Antara slipped me a copy of their press kit that included a half dozen live songs planned for their "much anticipated," yet to be titled third CD. True to form, the ladies from Cali combine rich harmonies, and their energetic performance to deliver what promises to be yet another CD of fantastic music. I'm quite fond of the track "Snow in Tennessee" written after last years Folk Alliance in Nashville. And the cut "Proving Ground" is possibly a testament to their almost certain forthcoming national success.
Greg Tutweiler, Singer Magazine