“Can’t Win for Losin’,” the new single by Delta Wires, is the story of a
seasoned 7-piece, “harmonica and horns,” blues-rooted band that has
been paying its dues while playing the blues for over 3 decades the San
Francisco Bay Area and western United States. Now, a living history of the San
Francisco West Coast blues, “Delta Wires” started as band leader Ernie
Pinata’s college project demonstrating the evolution of the blues from the
cotton fields of the Mississippi Delta to Chicago, and ultimately to the West
Coast. The small band Ernie put together to play examples of this evolution
grew into the high-powered seven-piece band that now calls itself Delta Wires.
The band started by playing clubs in Oakland such as Esther’s Orbit Room and The Continental Club. Around this same time, legendary bluesman Lowell Fulson sat-in with Delta Wires at the New Orleans House in Berkeley and Ernie Pinata sat-in with the Freddie King Band at Mandrake’s in Berkeley. These were followed by a performance with Buddy Guy and Junior Wells at Keystone Berkeley. The Delta Wires then began to open shows for these blues greats, and continued to grow as musicians and as a band.
Delta Wires were Finalists in the Blues Foundation’s
2008 International Blues Challenge held in Memphis TN, and were voted “Best
Band” Oakland/East Bay in Oakland Magazine’s annual readers’ poll, and
also by the East Bay Express. They have played major blues clubs
and many festivals throughout the years, including the San Francisco, Monterey,
and Russian River Blues Festivals, and the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy in
2017. They have performed with Van
Morrison, John Lee Hooker, Freddie King, Bo Diddley, Boz Scaggs, John Mayall
and the Blues Breakers, Johnny Winter, Dr John, The Neville Brothers and many
Go to the Delta Wires Website to read more about the band, hear music from their 7 previous CDs, and see their latest videos.
“Can’t Win for Losin’” is available now on most digital download and
music streaming sites.
The DELTA WIRES
Ernie Pinata – vocals, harmonica
Tom Gerrits – bass
Richard Healy – Guitar
Tony Huszar – drums
David Bowman – Trombone
John Christensen – trumpet
Gerald Jonutz – saxophone
“Can’t Win for Losin’” was recorded at Brickwall Sound in Concord, CA
Engineered, mixed, and mastered by Steve Johnson