Shine Delphi, well-known locally as guitarist-vocalist for The Black Resonators, will return to Chaffee County this week for performances in Buena Vista and Salida. Delphi, along with violin player Walter Prettyman, will perform at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Salida Farmers Market in Alpine Park, F and Fifth streets; at 8 p.m. Saturday in Buena Vista’s Deerhammer distillery, 321 E. Main St.; and at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at the Buena Vista Farmers Market in Optimist Park, Main and Railroad streets and 7-9 p.m. Sunday at The Asian Palate, 328 E. Main St. in BV.
Delphi considers Prettyman an “amazing friend” and “one of the greatest violin players I’ve ever met.” Prettyman has performed with notable American roots bands, including The Hokum High Rollers, a New Orleans band that draws from early Piedmont blues, ragtime and string band traditions. The Resonant Rogues also benefits from Prettyman’s talents. Based in Asheville, N.C., the Rogues channel musical currents ranging from gypsy swing and traditional New Orleans jazz to Appalachian old-time and eastern European folk music.
Prettyman also plays violin on Delphi’s latest album, In the Morning, which includes contributions from New Orleans musicians Free Feral on viola and Taylor Smith on upright bass. Delphi’s original compositions evoke the feel of traditional gypsy jazz, Dixieland, acoustic blues and Appalachian Mountain music, while his vocals manage to channel Louis Armstrong at times, Randy Newman at others. Delphi and company’s instrumental work exhibits technical skill while emphasizing a passion for the music that brings an authentic feel to In the Morning.
When asked about The Black Resonators, Delphi said the group “has split off into a bunch of other projects. Jimmy has been in Europe touring with his group The Jazz Cannibals. Nathan has been touring with his partner Jessie Smith as Nathan and Jessie (who played Vertex this summer). Karl Kummerle has also been in Europe playing violin with everyone he meets. Hopefully, we can bring the group back together for a tour sometime in 2017. I miss that group a lot.”
For now, Delphi said, “I’ve been mostly focused on my solo project, writing new music and touring the country. I’ve been on tour now for almost 3 months. I’ve played over 60 dates around the U.S. and western Canada. After this tour ends, I’m going to spend a month in Pennsylvania resting; and then, come December I’ll be on the road again, heading out West and beyond.”
With any luck, “out West and beyond” will include a few more local dates this fall. And by the way, if you happen to be on the Front Range Thursday or Friday, you can catch these talented musicians from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday at The Colorado Room in Fort Collins and 9 p.m. to midnight at Johnny’s Cigar Bar in Boulder.