Rocco DeLuca On Mountain Stage

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Set List

  • "Nightingale"
  • "Open Pages"
  • "I Trust You to Kill Me"
  • "How Many Times"
  • "Save Yourself"

A singer and guitarist from Southern California, Rocco DeLuca grew up around the R&B scene by traveling with his father, who was a backup guitarist for the legendary Bo Diddley.

With the blues as a central influence in his life, DeLuca discovered the resonator guitar, often called the dobro, and made it his instrument of choice. DeLuca's career received a huge boost when he was given a weekly residency at the well-known Gypsy Lounge in Orange County, Calif., where he caught the ear of a representative for Ironworks Records. In 2004, he became the first artist to sign to the label.

Building walls of sound using effects-laden slide guitar and bombastic drums by Ryan Carman, DeLuca possesses elastic, brazen vocal capabilities that soar in a way that brings to mind revered singer Jeff Buckley. Here, DeLuca performs tracks from his debut, 2006's I Trust You To Kill Me, and its recent, Daniel Lanois-produced follow-up, Mercy.

This feature originally ran Jul. 14, 2009.



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