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The Deluge / Press

“Sounding like a lesson in merging the blues with funk, jam rock, and an occasional tasty jazz lick for garnish, Elephant Graveyard is a sophomore album worthy of pride. In their second release, The Deluge is developing a sound that is both sophisticated and playfully fun. The musicianship is stout, the song writing is mature, and the overall package is delicious from the mixture. The churning organ and intervening guitar licks on “Honest Man” are slick enough to make you slap your mamma out of excitement, the piano runs on “Rosy” would keep any saloon jumping until the marshal shows, and “Her Pride” has just a sprinkle of reggae for those ears that are always hunting for a taste. The band’s ability to switch gears and styles is a sign that they have the growth potential for an even better junior outing. “Let’s Make Medicine” has a beautiful whining guitar that cyclically crashes into heavier waves before fall”

“The surest way for a band to overhaul its sound is to retool its lineup, but with their second album Elephant Graveyard, Winston-Salem soul-rock quintet the Deluge chose to change in smaller deviations. In theory, the addition of virtuosic guitarist and former Small Town Gossip member Daniel Seriff and spots by session man extraordinaire Kofi Burbridge would open up the songbook for an already stout lineup, but the group instead simply builds on their existing repertoire. Instrumental passages in opener “Honest Man” affirm the song’s conciliatory message with stout Hammond, and a chorus of scat and Albert King inspired blues licks. It could very well have found itself on their debut Cryin’ On the Vine in a more spartan incarnation, but instead they’ve fattened their sound like a Christmas goose. The focus isn’t simply on meaty solos, however. Singer Brandon Knox gives an outstanding performance on the courtesan narrative “Rosy,” propelled by chirpy boogie piano. The Del”

“The band began recording the album, "Elephant Graveyard," in January. It had to be finished by June 1 under the terms of a deal that Knox won. He won the best R&B song in the John Lennon songwriting contest in 2011 and, as a prize, received a coupon to print 1,000 copies of a new CD. His winning song, "Strange World," is featured on "Cryin' on the Vine." Other local talent assisted in the process. Grammy Award-winning organ player Kofi Burbridge, UNCSA alum and member of the Tedeschi Trucks Band, played on some tracks featured on the album.”

“While it takes some bands years to perfect their sound, the Deluge seems to have hit the sweet spot within their first year of existence. They’re all gifted players who lend their own ingredients to this bubbling Appalachian stew.Their recent album Cryin’ On the Vine sounds great, but their real impact is made on stage.”

“Brandon Knox certainly has a lot to celebrate. The 32-year-old Winston-Salem musician was recently named one of the grand prizewinners in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. "Strange World," track two on his 2010 CD "Cryin' on the Vine," received top marks from a panel of celebrity judges that included Bob Weir, a founding member of the Grateful Dead, Lamont Dozier, a legendary songwriter, and Jesse Harris, a Grammy winner. ”

"grass-meets-rock sound featuring hot picking, smooth harmonies and hook-laden songs that will stick to your ribs"