Delta Spirit

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

Delta Spirit is an American rock band from California. The group consists of Jonathan Jameson (bass), Brandon Young (drums), Matthew Vasquez (vocals and guitars), Kelly Winrich (multi-instrumentalist), and William McLaren (guitar). The band released their fourth album, Into the Wide, on 9 September 2014.


In 2005, Jameson and Young, who had played with each other in many 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. The album featured the song "Trashcan" which was named after the unusual use of a trashcan as an instrument during recording.[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 on the March 12, 2009, episode.

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]


  • 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 members[edit]

  • Sean Walker - (2005-2009)




  • I Think I've Found It EP (2006)


  • "Trashcan" (2008)
  • "People C'mon" (2009)
  • "White Table" (2010)[12]
  • "Bushwick Blues" (2010)
  • "California" (2012)
  • "From Now On" (2014)[13]
  • "Language Of The Dead" (2015) [14]


  1. ^ "NPR Interview with Delta Spirit". 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) on IMDb
  5. ^ "Delta Spirit". Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  6. ^ "[Soundtrack] Warm Bodies: Delta Spirit ~ Yamaha". Cinema Alone. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  7. ^ a b Music News Desk. "DELTA SPIRIT'S 'Into the Wilde' Debuts on Billboard Top 200". Retrieved 13 November 2014.
  8. ^ a b "Delta Spirit". Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  9. ^ Wyeth, Wyndham (13 March 2012). "Delta Spirit: Delta Spirit". Paste Magazine. Retrieved 21 April 2014.
  10. ^ Hermes, Will (9 March 2012). "Delta Spirit: Delta Spirit". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 21 April 2014.
  11. ^ "Delta Spirit". Retrieved 13 November 2014.
  12. ^ "Delta Spirit - White Table / Bushwick Blues". Discogs (in Spanish). Retrieved 2019-04-19.
  13. ^ "Future Releases on Alternative Radio Stations". All Access Music Group. Archived from the original on 2014-07-19. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  14. ^ "Delta Spirit - Language Of The Dead". Discogs (in Spanish). Retrieved 2019-04-19.

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