Delta Spirit perform in The Current studio

Delta Spirit, Matt Vasquez
Delta Spirit's Matt Vasquez performing live in The Current studio. (MPR / Leah Garaas)
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  • Delta Spirit - From Now On (Live at 89.3 The Current) 03:03
  • Delta Spirit - Hold My End Up (Live at 89.3 The Current) 04:32
  • Delta Spirit - Live On (Live at 89.3 The Current) 04:23

Delta Spirit frontman Matt Vasquez sums up his band's modus operandi very neatly. "We take a folk song and turn it into an ethereal, epic, bigger song," he says. "That's kind of the deal."

Vasquez and the rest of Delta Spirit irrefutably demonstrated that approach when they visited The Current's studio to play some songs and to chat with Mark Wheat. Delta Spirit fully embraced the sound of The Current's studio, even extending their sound check as they played a number of Beatles covers (which were not recorded nor aired).

In town in support of their album, Into the Wide, Delta Spirit are playing a show at First Avenue in Minneapolis tonight. Vasquez cites the Twin Cities and Chicago as being Delta Spirit's favorite Midwestern rock 'n' roll destinations. "And First Avenue," Vasquez adds, "that's some serious crap right there."

Listen to the complete interview to hear more from Delta Spirit, including the band's approach to making music videos; how the band members respond to different spaces and geographies; and how the destruction wrought by Hurricane Sandy affected the band's studio space and songwriting output.

Songs Performed


"From Now On"
"Hold My End Up"
"Live On"
All songs off Delta Spirit's album, Into the Wide, out now on Dualtone Records.

Hosted by Mark Wheat
Produced by Derrick Stevens
Engineered by Michael DeMark
Web feature by Luke Taylor

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