Delta Deep - promo band 4 panel - 2015 - #05PCMO003

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DELTA DEEP Is A New Soulful Blues Rock Project Featuring:

Robert DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots), Debbi Blackwell-Cook (Michael Buble, Luther Vandross) and Forrest Robinson (India.Arie, Joe Sample & The Crusaders)

Special Guests include Joe Elliott, David Coverdale, Paul Cook & Simon Laffy


(Los Angeles – April, 2015) Phil Collen, lead guitarist of Def Leppard, announces the formation and release of his new blues based music project, DELTA DEEP, coming this summer. Collen recorded the mix of original and hand-picked cover tracks with fellow DELTA DEEP bandmates Debbi Blackwell-Cook (back-up vocalist for such artists as Michael Buble & Luther Vandross), Forrest Robinson (drummer for India.Arie, Joe Sample & The Crusaders, TLC), and Robert DeLeo (bassist for Stone Temple Pilots). Their self-titled debut album will be released on June 23, 2015 on Mailboat Records and also features special guest appearances by Def Leppard vocalists Joe Elliott, Whitesnake’s David Coverdale, Sex Pistols/MANRAZE drummer Paul Cook, and GIRL/MANRAZE bassist, Simon Laffy.

Collen initially started DELTA DEEP in 2012 after jamming at home over the course of a year with friend and relative, Debbi Blackwell-Cook (Blackwell-Cook is the Godmother of Collen’s wife, Helen). What started as a casual pairing singing Motown and classic blues staples while Debbi frequently visited Collen’s home quickly turned into much more. Collen, Helen, and Debbi began writing original music which Collen and Debbi recorded in Collen’s home studio.

Later that year, a chance meeting re-acquainted Collen with Memphis native  and enigmatic heavy metal, jazz, & r-n-b drummer Forrest Robinson. A friend suggested giving STP bassist Robert DeLeo a call. Sharing a loving affinity for soul, funk and the blues, DeLeo was the perfect fit. According to Collen, “We really wanted Robert in this band. He had the added firepower of being the premiere pioneer and most ‘badassed bass player’ to come out of the alternative rock explosion.

The best description of DELTA DEEP, a multi-racial band, has been “Aretha and Tina in their prime singing over early Zeppelin”. Original song and lead off single “Bang The Lid introduces the musical synchronicity of Collen, Blackwell-Cook, DeLeo, & Robinson. Blackwell-Cook also duets with Collen on the album tracks as well as with featured vocalists Def Leppard’s Joe ElliottMistreated and Whitesnake’s David CoverdalePrivate Number. Legendary Sex Pistol’s punk drummer Paul Cook and Collen’s former bandmate from GIRL bass player Simon Laffy” guest on the classic cover Black Coffee.  Guesting on the Delta Deep original song, “Burnt Sally” is  keyboardist, CJ Vanston (Tina Turner, Toto, Joe Cocker, Carol King) adding to the soulful tune on the Hammond 3 Organ.

Collen is widely known to millions of rock ‘n roll fans for his iconic albums with Def Leppard. When asked what made him decide to do a blues project Collen responded, “Blues was created out of something completely different from what we hear today. I grew up listening to rock music but then I found out it was all based on blues. Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Ritchie Blackmore, Jimi Hendrix, all of those guys….they got it from the blues. When I hear Debbi sing, I can hear the pain. She’s an incredibly beautiful 62-year-old black woman who has been through things and she can sing through her pain. Not everyone can do that and not everyone sounds like Debbi.”

While many artists aim to make their mark by creating new genres or introducing their own new versions of music, Collen and DELTA DEEP melded their blues inspirations with who they are as artists and are unleashing that expression onto the world.

Check DELTA DEEP’s website and for breaking news, new content, and tour information.


Source: MAD Ink PR





  1. Definitely an interesting combo.

    • Yeah, I agree. The small snippet of music on this post does sound cool, it does capture that “Delta Vibe”… I am eager to hear more, even though it’s not Metal. LOL!!

      • Can I ask you a question? Are you 100% metal? Or do you listen to a bit of everything?

        • I do listen to Classic Rock of the 70’s, along with 50’s and 60’s Rock ‘N Roll. I love the energy and sincerity of Motown. Chuck Berry, The Everly Brothers, The Doors, The Animals and Janis Joplin are artists that I revere, for example. I do own every Garth Brooks CD except his new one. I admire Willie Nelson and all the legendary ‘Outlaw’ country artists.

          I even own The Monkees ‘Greatest Hits’! I was just a tot when The Monkees reruns were on TV and that band just brings back good memories for me.

          I even have a large number of Tom Jones CD’s; he is just the greatest male cover song singer of all-time, IMO! Tom Jones can make any song into his own, IMO! How I see it, I grew up as a kid listening to the ‘oldies’ before I even knew what Heavy Metal was. I truly embrace the roots of Rock ‘N Roll; without these bands and singers of the early days, we wouldn’t have Metal, IMO.

          When it comes to Metal, it is my #1 favorite above all else. Metal just elevates me like nothing else can. Without Metal for I am nothing!!

          I’m sorry for getting so long winded about it, Mike. When it comes to music in general, I can go on ALL day and night! LOL! You ROCK, Metal Buddy!

          • Man we have a lot of the same taste! Willie Nelson? me too! Johnny Cash was my first concert when I was 10 years old. Metal is my #1 too and I don’t see that ever changing now.

            • Right on, Mike! Willie Nelson did a very cool interview on CBS ‘This Morning’ one day last week. I forgot which day already! Look it up on Youtube because I am certain it’s already there! Plus Willie is coming out with a brand new autobiography or it already released in the past couple of weeks. You ROCK!

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