Daily Archives: February 20, 2010

The Del Lords Ride Again

And the great news just keeps on coming…

The Del Lords, one of the true seminal American rock’n’roll bands, are back. Not for an oldies tour, not for money, but for passion. As Scott “Top Ten” Kempner says in his blog, it’s time. There is still work to be done. “There are still souls to stir and asses to kick. There are still songs that need to be sung.”

The Del Lords don’t sing about fluff, they sing about love and pain and hurt and fear and abandonment and rising above the bullshit. They frame the gospel of rock and soul in twangy roots-rock, take the stage as brothers and preach their message. They made their run, an oasis of wonderful music in a confused time, and then got out on top to follow their separate paths. But now, it’s time to suit up again. It’s time to join hands and minds and accept that challenge that drives all great artists. It’s time.

How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live?

Well, Scott laid it all out there in his blog:

Right now, I’m watching the telethon for Haiti, and Bruce has just finished a version of WE SHALL OVERCOME that was somber but clarion, resolute but compassionate, gospel and the blues. I felt my soul stir as the song ebbed and flowed, and at the way Bruce and the band rode the moment with all this compressed emotional energy, in a way that is everything you can ask of a singer, a musician, an artist, or a song. I am immediately in touch with why I do what I do, and why The Del-Lords are making new music, sharing a stage, hell, sharing a room, for the first time in 20 years.

To actually do what I just watched Springsteen and the band do is HARD, way fuckin’ hard, damn near impossible, in fact, and, to be fair, it requires more than a fair share of magic. But, it also requires some other things. Like band chemistry, the kind born of respect, a strong work ethic, and some familial love; born of common purpose, mutual belief and shared experience. AND, we love playing Rock’n’Roll. And so we do. Again…

First Jason and The Scorchers get back together and release a new album, and now The Del Lords are back as well. Maybe 2010 isn’t going to be so bad after all.

Here’s a link to Scott’s complete essay.

Listen to one of the new songs and order your EP here.

(And thanks for the tip, Maniac, you made my day!)

When the going gets tough, so do they.

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