Delta Wires – If Somebody Told Me


Delta Wires - If Somebody Told Me

Delta Wires – If Somebody Told Me
Format: CD
Label: Mud Slide Records
Release: 2023

Release date: January 24, 2023

Bay area blues rockers Delta Wires just released their new album, “If Somebody Told Me”, and to celebrate we asked Ernie Pinata to tell us about the title track. Here is the story:

As we go through life hoping it to be like a Hollywood movie, it doesn’t always turn out that way. We can hit bumps in the road that change our story to a less pleasant one.

My father had two boys. I did the same, the older boy became an Eagle Scout and earned two Masters Degrees. The younger boy, although talented and very smart, had more going on in his head than he could process or handle. We did all we could to get help for him, but inevitably he was done at 21. He took his own life.

When you have children, they become the focus of your life. Nothing is more important. You want them to live long, happy lives. You certainly don’t want to outlive your children. When you lose one, the sorrow is unbearable. It never goes away. People see catastrophes happening to other people, never thinking it could happen to them.

If Somebody told Me, is about how losing my son affected me.

Delta Wires

The DELTA WIRES is a big, high-energy harmonica and horns blues band from the Oakland/San Francisco Bay Area. They were Finalists out of 100 band representatives from blues societies all over the world, in the Blues Foundation’s 2008 International Blues Challenge held in Memphis TN, and were voted “BEST LIVE BAND” Oakland/East Bay in Oakland Magazine’s annual readers’ poll, and also by the East Bay Express. The DELTA WIRES were inducted into the California Blues Hall of Fame in December, 2012.

The DELTA WIRES have recorded 7 Albums, with their latest “Born in Oakland”, receiving rave reviews and national and international airplay. They have appeared at the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia Italy, the San Francisco Blues Festival, the Russian River Blues Festival, the Monterey Bay Blues Festival 8 times, headlined the Shasta Blues Society’s Redding Blues by the River Festival, have played Crescent City Blues Festival, Central Valley Blues Festival, Oakland Blues and Heritage Festival, Sacramento Jazz Festival and Jubilee, and many others.

The DELTA WIRES have toured or played with many noted artists including Van Morrison, John Lee Hooker, Freddie King, The Neville Bros, Dr. John, The Doobie Brothers, Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, John Mayall, Charlie Musselwhite, Boz Scaggs, Bad Company, The James Gang, Elvin Bishop, and numerous others…


01. Can’t Win For Losin’
02. If Somebody Told Me…
03. I Tried
04. Bring Me Up
05. Voodoo Cadillac
06. I Pity The Fool
07. Sloppy Drunk
08. Hand Outta My Pocket
09. Dimples
10. Blues In Hoss’ Flat

Tom Gerrits – bass
Richard Healy – guitar
Tony Huszar – drums
David Bowman – trombone
John Christensen – trumpet
Caleb Murray – saxophone
Richard Sylvester – keyboards