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Delta is Andy Grainger and Naomi Grainger, a duo from the West Midlands who released their debut album in 2007. Andy was previously in a highly-rated band called Riley.

There's a Delta track on the Get Ready to ROCK! Rising Stars CD.

1. What are you currently up to? (recording, gigs, plans)

Our main priority is recording at present we are working with a new management company and producer working on some new material that is a deliberate shift from the album. We are working much more on a soul/motown angle, as we've been listening to a lot of Otis Reading, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye and so on at present and this has rubbed off on the type of material we have been writing and really suits Naomi's voice. So right now the country vibe is in the back pocket and the Soul is out.

We have a couple of London gigs coming up and then it's more recording.

2. Tell us about how you and Naomi got together?

We've known each other since we were seven and played together at 18 in a typical indie Britpop band then went our separate ways and then at about 23 rejoined together doing the Delta thing.

I've always been a fan of her voice and she loves music so it was a good mix.

3. How long did it take you to get the songs together for the album? Had you written some of them before you teamed up with Naomi or did they all come together at a later date?

They we're originally written by myself for myself to sing. Once Naomi teamed up with me it was a struggle to get them to suit her voice or range - but we made some changes and it worked out OK.

The new material we are writing is with her voice and range in mind so it's easier that way - but pretty funny when I try to sing to her what I've wrote (since it's about an octave to high for me)

It takes great imagination on her part to figure it out.

4. What/who provided the inspiration for the C&W 'theme' (Sweet Rosalyn, Jim Vallie)

Music wise it was the fact that we were listening to a lot of Johnny Cash, Ryan Adams (who is both our favourite modern artist at present.) Flying Burrito Brothers and so on.

The title seemed to go well with the country theme - it tied into the boy girl thing - and sounds a lot better then 'the life and times of Andy and Naomi'

It tied into an egocentric thing of maybe we could be those people rather then ourselves - and it so happened we had two song on the album with those names. I also like long titles like that and it reminded me of the rise and fall of Reginald Perrin and so on.

5. Have you any particular favourites on the album, and why?

I like The Witch and Travelling Glass House Home, they're simple songs with great vocals. Like a lot of musicians or actors I find it hard to listen to our own stuff 'cause you just hear everything that's wrong, but I like those two.

6. What's happening in terms of promotion and gigs in the coming months?

We have an acoustic gig at The Regal Rooms London Oct 19th which is an important one for us and then it's just small gigs (keep updated on our myspace - ) promotion we grab when and where - but the priority is writing more material.

7. Who was/is/are the biggest influences on you, musically, and as a guitarist and songwriter? (And on Naomi as a singer)

Well like I said before for me with my writing I'm a bit eccentric and am influenced by whatever mood I'm in at the time so with the album it was Ryan Adams, Johnny Cash, Flying Burrito's, Eagles etc but at present it's Motown acts - Marvin Gaye, Otis Reading, Ray Charles is a big influence.

Of present acts we both really like Amy Winehouse - well we love her music, the production is amazing and it zones in on that Motown vibe.

8. What happened with Riley, your previous band that first came to our attention in 2005?

Well we had some great years made some great music but ultimately we were let down by a few people and it was legally impossible for us to carry on - it's a shame 'cause we were totally confident we were on the way to a successful career but it shows you can't take anything for granted in this business.

9. What do you hope to achieve in the next 12 months with Delta?

Hopefully finish these new recordings and find a good deal for us, which will lead us to record the second album and take it to a bigger audience.


Please check out the myspace - one of our new songs (Sweet Rosalyn- new version) is on there which shows where we are going musically - much more brass soul.

Leave your comments on the page - check out the video on there. If you like what you hear try our album which you can download at itunes etc and purchase from HMV or on the net at HMV, Virgin,Play or Amazon.

Thanks a million for your support and keep on supporting GET READY TO ROCK! who have helped us many times over and the same for a thousand bands.

Interview © October 2007 David Randall.
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