These two powerful, playful practioners of American vernacular guitar-playing have joined forces to make musical testament to the hillbilly/smarty-pants/country blues aesthetic. Sharing a sense of humor and a similar manic intensity, their duets are smart, funny and full of instrumental virtuosity. Del Rey doubles on resonator ukulele and Steve James is known for his "noble savage" mandolin style.
With nine solo albums between them, they have recorded a two cds together, and Steve appears on Del Rey's 2008 Blue Uke CD and Del is on Steve's latest Short Blue Stories. They channel Memphis Minnie and Kansas Joe on Del's 2005 release Sweet Lovin' Ol' Soul. Recent shows include King Biscuit Blues Festival. Merlefest, Waterfront Blues Festival and A Prairie Home Companion.
"Whoever has had anything to do with acoustic blues over the last 20 years, must have come across the names of Steve James and Del Rey... Concerts by this duo are, of course, unforgettable affairs, simply because these people are human and know what they're singing about and how to sing it. No studio tricks, no production grand-standing: it's more like what you hear is what you get." (Rootstown, Belgium)
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