The Delta Project

The Delta Project

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Delta Blues with a spicy kick. The Delta Project’s authentic front porch Delta Blues style is heavily influenced by the likes of Son House R.L. Burnside and Mississippi John Hurt with vocal stylings reminiscent of Big Mama Thornton and Etta James

Biography

The Delta Project is Made up of Crystal Jones (Vocals and Writer) Matthew Ritchie (Guitar, Vox, Writer), and Daniel Ritchie (Percussion & Harmonica). Matt and Dan Ritchie moved to the Blues town of Kansas City, Missouri with their family in 1983 as young children. They were raised in a blue collar family. Their father worked 60 hours a week in a steel mill and their mother worked for the local school district. This recipe of hard work and learning to make ends meet taught them about the blues. In 1996 they started playing music in their basement and were heavily influenced by the Kansas City Blues infused culture. Their father’s lay-off from the steel mill prompted their family’s move to Seattle in 2002 where they continued to write Blues inspired by their hometown of Kansas City. Crystal Jones grew up as the daughter of a Pentecostal Preacher in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Her mother and father originally hailed from the small Delta Blues town of Itta Bena, Mississippi and moved to Ypsilanti in the late 40’s looking for work in the auto industry. Daddy did his preaching on the side, while holding down a full-time job as an assembler at one of the big three auto makers of the time. Crystal’s Mother worked within the home and supported her husband’s ministry. Crystal developed a love for gospel music at an early age and always sang in the church. In early 2007, Crystal decided to branch out and began seeking another venue for her unique vocal talents. That’s when she met Matt and Dan Ritchie and the Delta Project was born. The Delta Project’s authentic front porch Delta Blues style is heavily influenced by the likes of Son House and Mississippi John Hurt with vocal stylings reminiscent of Big Mama Thornton and Etta James.

Discography

The Delta Project (Self Titled)

You Aint Got No Money (Single) "Spoonful" on 91.1 Nashville TN
Stay Here Blues (single) "Spoonful" on 91.1 Nashville TN
Kind Hearted Woman (single) "Spoonful" 91.1 Nashville TN

Set List

We Typically Use Three 45 min Sets.

Mix of Covers and Originals
(Set 1)

1) They Blk Momma (Jones Ritchie) Acoustic
2)Someday Baby (R.L. Burnside) Electric
3)Bird W/O a Feather (R.L. Burnside) Electric
4)My Black Dress (Jones, Ritchie) Electric
5)Empire State Express (Son House) Electric
6)You Gotta Move (Mississippi Fred McDowell) Electric
7)Mojo Hand (Ida Cox) Acoustic
8)You aint Got No Money (Jones Ritchie) Acoustic

(Set 2)

1)Uncle Sam Blues (Jones Ritchie) Electric
2)Wasted (Mazzy Star) Electric
3)Summertime (Gershwin) Acoustic
4) Kind Hearted Woman (Robert Johnson) Acoustic
5)Some Kind of Blue (Jones, Ritchie) Acoustic
6)Stay Here Blues (Jones, Ritchie) Acoustic
7)Roxanne (the Police) Acoustic
8) Delta Hurricane (Matt Ritchie) Electric

(set 3)

1)Traveling Riverside (Robert Johnson) Acoustic
2)Deathletter/Preachin Blues Medley(Son House) Acoustic
3) Treat Your Sugar Right (Jones Ritchie) Acoustic
4)They Black Momma (Jones Ritchie) Electric
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