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When The Levee Breaks

by Del Rey

"Del Rey: she plays acoustic blues, ragtime, sings, tells good stories, plays a metal-bodied resonator guitar, dresses imaginatively, and is not a boy.” Folk Roots Magazine
Genre: Blues: Finger-Picked Guitar
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1. Poison Ivy
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2. ‘Till I Give It To You
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2:35 album only
3. Mississippi River Blues
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3:24 album only
4. I Was A Little Too Lonely
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3:02 album only
5. Riot Call Blues
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4:32 album only
6. It's Human Nature (To Complain)
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7. Everybody's Crazy
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3:49 album only
8. Going Back to New Orleans
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9. No Man's Mama
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10. Old Rocking Chair
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11. When The Levee Breaks
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Album Notes
Del Rey started playing classical guitar when she was four. As a teenager, she met bluesman Sam Chatmon who inspired her to become a blues queen. Her guitar playing combines country blues, stride piano, classic jazz and hillbilly boogie through the sensibility of an autodidact trailor-park esthete. Her live show is full of complex guitar grooves and sly humor.

Del Rey plays concerts world wide and also presents a concert/lecture on women musicians called Women in American Music. She collaborates and tours frequently with Austin guitarist Steve James and she plays ukulele with Ukeshack and The Yes Yes Boys. Since 2004 she has been collaborating with Maria Mulduar on tributes to Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Johnny Cash, and she is featured on Ms. Muldaur's latest cd Sweet Lovin' Old Soul. Del Rey also writes about music for various publications, including Acoustic Guitar.

Del Rey has recorded four solo albums, When The Levee Breaks (Hobemian 2006)X-Rey Guitar (Hobemian 2000), Hot Sauce (Hobemian 1995) and Boogie Mysterioso (Hobemian 1993). In 2003 she released a collection of performances Del Rey:Live.

With The Yes Yes Boys she has recorded Why Say No? (Hobemian 2002) and with Steve James, Tonight (Hobemian 2004) andTwins (Hobemian 2002). With Del Rey and the Blues Gators she recorded Chartruese (Hobemian 1991) and Cafe Society (Kicking Mule 1985).


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Susan McNamara

Love this CD
I always look for women blues artists and Del Rey is definitely worth listening to. I first heard one of her songs on XM radio blues channel and was delighted to find that the entire CD is excellent.


Like Marcia Ball only on guitar
I heard tracks from her CD on XM Radio. What I heard was so impressive I got not one but 3 copies. I knew 2 of my friends would want it too. She is really that good. There is a very Marcia Ball sound to what she does. I guess its the Lousiana influence. Lots of New Orleans music on it. I like the whole CD. I just wish it had a better photo of her, I don't think it will appeal to those who 'judge the book by its cover'. I also hope she comes to New York sometime so I can see her live.

Brian Ehler

I got a thing for chicks who play tasty guitar...
Nice, simple and clean guitar and vocals..funky blues with a women's touch..fantastic!