Del Rey with Special Guest Matt Weiner
Del Rey started playing guitar when she was four. At the age of fourteen she was introduced to the world of traditional acoustic music. Lou Curtiss, proprietor of Folk Arts Rare Records and artistic director of the San Diego Folk Festival introduced her to living artists like Sam Chatmon, Lydia Mendoza and Howard Armstrong, and to recordings, especially those of the great blues guitarist
Memphis Minnie. Her guitar playing is influenced by country blues, stride piano, classic jazz and hillbilly boogie-all filtered through the sensibility of an autodidact trailor-park aesthete.
Thirty years later, when Del Rey became fascinated with the ukulele, she tried to play the same kind of complicated rhythmic blues and ragtime on four strings as she does on six. She expects a lot out of the little instrument, and usually gets it. Her live show is full of complex grooves and sly humor.
"The 'ukulele taken to a new level of musicianship"
"Rey is one of the greatest modern players of the metal-bodied resonator guitar."
Acoustic Guitar Magazine
"Del Rey is one of the most sublime modern guitarists "
La Hora del Blues Barcelona
"Whilst known for her amazing instrumental skills ... it should not be overlooked that she always provides a very entertaining show, full of variety, drama and humour."
Blues In Britain
"To listen to Rey is to abandon all hope of ever viewing the world in the same comfortable way."
Dirty Linen Magazine
"The guitarist's guitarist's guitarist!"
"Virtuosic in just the right way, which is to say, in order to realize a musical idea. A very nice unlikely
blend of things, accessible, slightly nostalgic, but fresh and thoughtful. "
(CD Baby review, "At The Ukeshack #1)
Del Rey plays solo 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 with fiddler Suzy Thompson. She has contributed to projects in honor of The Mississippi Sheiks, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Johnny Cash. Del Rey has written about music for various publications, including Acoustic Guitar.
Her latest solo album, Four and Six came out in April 2012. She has recorded many albums for Hobemian Records, Blue Uke (2008), When The Levee Breaks (2006), X-Rey Guitar (2000), Hot Sauce (1995) and Boogie Mysterioso (1993).
She recorded Hen Party with fiddler Suzy Thompson in 2010 and the first project of 2011 was a 45rpm record, the proceeds of which benefit Transportation Choices Coalition. She recorded an album of uke 'n' bass instrumental duets with Matt Weiner At The Ukeshack #1(2007) and also on uke with The Yes Yes Boys she recorded Why Say No? (2002) With Steve James, Tonight (2004) and Twins (2002). With Del Rey and the Blues Gators she recorded Chartruese (1991) and Cafe Society (Kicking Mule
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