Killer Joe Delia and his Thieves first full length album, dubbed “Smoke and Mirrors”, is mostly original songs, rich in local roots, and full of guest talent treats.
The treats? Nancy Atlas (The Hamptons’ favorite songstress), Tony Garnier (Bob Dylan’s bassist), and Max Weinberg (Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band) guest on a couple of cuts each. The other, mostly unheard, grammy-winning talent is Cynthia Daniels, who produced and mixed the album at her MonkMusic Studios in East Hampton, NY, and suggested some hit-making tweaks. Larry Alexander (another grammy winner) recorded some tracks as well.
It’s probably Joe Delia’s history (two gold and one platinum record) that draw artists like these to work with him. His talents have been recognized by stars like Bruce Springsteen who he played with as recently as November 2011 for decades. He’s known for his song writing skills and Smoke and Mirrors has many tracks that prove it. Philip Cody (famous for such sweet pop hits like “Laughter in the Rain”) co-wrote a surprise with Joe for this album. The poetic but dark “Getting Over Jane” is already a dance floor favorite at many venues.
All of the songs on Smoke have been tested on local audiences and tweaked as time went on. One woman contacted the band to say she had fallen in love dancing with a guy to the song “Smoke and Mirrors”. One tune that really gets the crowd moving with its Motown beat and rap break is “Sexting (Beat of My Heart)”. There is one song only a lucky few had heard before the album release--a light hearted duke-it-out duet of Nancy and Joe called “What Took You So Long?”.
Of course, the Thieves in Joe Delia & Thieves are kick-ass musicians in their own right. Steven “Muddy” Roues and Billy Roues (bass and harmonica and guitar) are known for their decades of rollicking musicianship and singing. Muddy’s “Good Thing” is on the album. Billy co-wrote two of the local dance floor favorites on the album “Smoke and Mirrors” and “Crash Your Party”. James Benard’s drumming has been entertaining jazz fans for years. Klyph Black’s talents in voice and guitar work have drawn many recording contracts his way. And PJ Delia, the band manager, adds background vocals to many tracks, including one created from text messages between her and Joe called “Sexting”.
“Many of the songs on the album are fun like that.” says PJ. Our audience likes to have a good time. This album was made with that in mind.