Delta Spirit

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Delta Spirit
Delta Spirit band 2011.jpg
Background information
OriginSan Diego, California, U.S.
GenresIndie rock, Americana
Years active2005–present
Labels
Associated actsMiddle Brother, Noise Ratchet
Websitewww.deltaspirit.net
Members
  • Jon Jameson
  • Brandon Young
  • Matt Vasquez
  • Kelly Winrich
  • Will McLaren

Delta Spirit is an American rock band from California, United States. The group consists of Jonathan Jameson (bass), Brandon Young (drums), Matthew Vasquez (vocals and guitars), Kelly Winrich (multi-instrumentalist), and William McLaren (guitar).

History[edit]

In 2005, Jameson and Young, who had played with each other in many cover bands, decided to form a band with their new friend. Young first spotted Vasquez busking on a bench at two in the morning, and the two exchanged information.[1] Delta Spirit recorded their I Think I've Found It EP at Winrich's home studio, and he joined the band within the first year. Winrich and Vasquez had been close friends since they were 18 years old. The EP was later released by Monarchy Music on CD and 12" VInyl in 2006.

The band produced and recorded their debut album, Ode to Sunshine, in a cabin in the San Diego mountains and released it independently in late 2007. [2] Ode to Sunshine was re-released with new artwork (featuring Winrich's great-uncle Dr. Thomas Payne on the cover) and a new version of the song "Streetwalker" on August 26, 2008, by Rounder Records. The band has made numerous television appearances, including Late Night with Conan O'Brien in late 2008 and Last Call with Carson Daly in March 2009.

Walker left the band in the fall of 2009. Their second album, History From Below, was released on June 8, 2010. The album's title was inspired by the historian and author Howard Zinn. Many of the songs were composed on an acoustic guitar in hotel rooms as the band toured 293 dates in 2009. On November 15, 2010, Delta Spirit performed a live set for "Guitar Center Sessions" on DirecTV. The episode included an interview with program host, Nic Harcourt.[3] In 2010-2011 the Band also performed on Kimmel, Carson Daly , and Jools Holland. That same year Delta Spirit did 2 US tours and one European Tour. In 2011 William McLaren became a full member of Delta Spirit. McLaren formerly played in The Willowz and Cults. In April 2011, Delta Spirit played in the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California. In the Summer of 2011 they rented a southern California rehearsal studio used by Cold War Kids and Murder City Devils in order to write what would become their third record, "Delta Spirit". In July they traveled to Woodstock, NY to refine and record that material. In the fall of 2011 Delta Spirit opened for My Morning Jacket. On March 13, 2012 they released their third studio album, self-titled Delta Spirit, recorded with producer Chris Coady. On August 4, 2012, the band performed at Lollapalooza in Chicago, IL. In 2013 the band was based in Brooklyn, New York.

The Delta Spirit song "Devil Knows You're Dead" was used in the final scene of the 5th and final season of Friday Night Lights. The song "People, Turn Around", was also used in the final scene of the Season 2 Sons of Anarchy episode "Potlatch". Their song "Salt in the Wound" from their 2008 album History from Below appeared in the Grey's Anatomy episode "With You I'm Born Again".[4] The song "9/11" was used in the final scene of the Season 2 My Life As Liz episode 5. The song "People C'mon" was used in The Big C episode "Blue Eyed Iris" and in UFC Primetime: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos. The song "Running" is featured on "The Walking Dead" Original Soundtrack - Vol. 1 [5] The song "Yamaha" was used in the 2013 movie "Warm Bodies."[6] The song "California" was used in American Dad! season 10 episode 06.

In 2014, the band switched to Dualtone Records and released the album Into the Wide in October. It is the group's highest charting album in the United States to date. The band's publicity tour included a performance on Late Show with David Letterman.[7]

In 2019, the band announced a New Year's Eve Show in Austin, Texas, and then later announced the "Not Dead Yet" tour for 2020.

Members[edit]

Current[edit]

  • Matthew Vasquez - lead vocals, guitar, harmonica, piano, drums (2005–present)
  • Kelly Winrich - piano, organ, synthesizer, guitar, drums, electronic drum pad, vocals (2005–present)
  • William McLaren - guitar, vocals (2011–present)
  • Jonathan Jameson - bass, drums, vocals (2005–present)
  • Brandon Young - drums (2005–present)

Former[edit]

  • Sean Walker - (2005-2009)

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
US
[8]
US
Alt

[9]
US
Indie

[10]
US
Rock

[11]
Ode to Sunshine
  • Released: December 3, 2007[12]
  • Label: Rounder
  • Format: CD, LP, Digital download
[A]
History from Below
  • Released: July 2, 2010[14]
  • Label: Rounder
  • Format: CD, LP, Digital download
179
Delta Spirit
  • Released: March 12, 2012[15]
  • Label: Rounder
  • Format: CD, LP, Digital download
103 15 28
Into the Wide
  • Released: September 9, 2014[16]
  • Label: Dualtone
  • Format: CD, LP, Digital download
70 15 17 26
What Is There
  • Released: September 11, 2020[17]
  • Label: New West
  • Format: CD, LP, Digital download
[B]

EPs[edit]

Title Details
I Think I've Found It
  • Released: July 1, 2006[19]
  • Label: Monarchy
  • Format: CD, LP, Digital download
iTunes Live from SoHo
  • Released: February 3, 2009[20]
  • Label: Rounder
  • Format: Digital download
The Waits Room
  • Released: January 1, 2010[21]
  • Label: Rounder
  • Format: CD, LP, Digital download

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
AAA

[22]
"Trashcan"[23] 2008 23 Ode to Sunshine
"People C'mon"[24] 2009
"Bushwick Blues" 2010 30 History from Below
"California" 2012 20 Delta Spirit
"From Now On"[25] 2014 23 Into the Wide
"It Ain't Easy" 2020 20 What Is There
"—" denotes single that did not chart

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Ode to Sunshine did not enter the US Billboard 200, but peaked at number 16 on the US Heatseekers Albums Chart.[13]
  2. ^ What Is There did not enter the US Billboard 200, but peaked at number 75 on the Current Album Sales Chart.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NPR Interview with Delta Spirit". Npr.org. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  2. ^ Needles, Tim. "Interview with Delta Spirit's Kelly Winrich". Short and Sweet NYC. Retrieved 25 January 2012.
  3. ^ Guitar Center Sessions with host Nic Harcourt Retrieved July 15, 2013.
  4. ^ With You I'm Born Again (Grey's Anatomy episode) (2010) at IMDb
  5. ^ "Delta Spirit". Blog.deltaspirit.net. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  6. ^ "[Soundtrack] Warm Bodies: Delta Spirit ~ Yamaha". Cinema Alone. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  7. ^ "DELTA SPIRIT'S 'Into the Wilde' Debuts on Billboard Top 200". Broadwayworld.com. Retrieved 13 November 2014.
  8. ^ "Delta Spirit – Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  9. ^ "Delta Spirit – Chart History: Americana/Folk Albums". Billboard. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  10. ^ "Delta Spirit – Chart History: Independent Albums". Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  11. ^ "Delta Spirit – Chart History: Rock Albums". Billboard. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  12. ^ "Ode to Sunshine by Delta Spirit on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  13. ^ "Delta Spirit – Chart History: Heatseeker Albums". Billboard. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  14. ^ "History from Below by Delta Spirit on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  15. ^ "Delta Spirit by Delta Spirit on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  16. ^ "Into the Wide (Deluxe Edition) by Delta Spirit on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  17. ^ "What Is There by Delta Spirit on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  18. ^ "Delta Spirit – Chart History: Current Album Sales". Billboard. Retrieved October 26, 2020.
  19. ^ "I Think I've Found It - EP by Delta Spirit on iTunes". Apple Music. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  20. ^ "iTunes Live from SoHo - EP by Delta Spirit on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  21. ^ "The Waits Room - EP by Delta Spirit on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  22. ^ "Delta Spirit – Chart History: Triple A Songs". Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  23. ^ "Trashcan - Single by Delta Spirit on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  24. ^ "People C'mon by Delta Spirit on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  25. ^ "From Now On by Delta Spirit on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved August 19, 2020.

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