Delta Spirit had the crowd at Headliners on its feet and singing loudly last Tuesday, even though it was their first time venturing to Louisville. Self-admitted, Delta Spirit produces songs that are catchy and easy to join in on, all the while being very visceral and meaningful to the band. They have strong roots in coastal California, although they have been based in Brooklyn for the last few years, which has affected on the mood of their newer songs. Leading up to the show, local public media source WFPK had been featuring several tracks from their most recent studio album Into the Wide. The collection embodies some of that New York broodiness but is still able to maintain a fervent energy found on their earlier records.
This vehemence was brought to life throughout the entirety of the night at Headliners, starting with opening act Avid Dancer. Houndmouth’s leading lady Katie Toupin helped Kelly Winrich bring the night to an end. The duo’s cover of John Prine’s “Angel from Montgomery” was poignant and well-received from the audience. To be honest, any time Toupin is on stage and belting out pure magic, the crowd practically melts – so bravo, Delta Spirit, she was a fantastic choice for a guest appearance.
While this was their first time to Kentuckiana, I couldn’t help the thought of how well they fit in with other local Louisville bands. To me, that says a lot about the talent that Louisville musicians possess, but I also think it’s a compliment to Delta Spirit. This community would welcome the band back any time (for festival season?) and I speak for them by saying I hope that it happens.