The Del-Lords live again
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
– The Del-Lords live again. Twenty years after they last album, the New York City roots rock quartet, are set to tour Spain in February and are recording new material.
The band's web site said, "26 Years after they began in NYC The Del-Lords have begun work on new recordings." There was no word on when material would be released.
The Spain dates kick off Feb. 25 in Burgos, followed by March 2 in Ponferrada, March 3 in Ferrol, March 4 in Billbao, March 5 in Madrid and March 6 in Tomelloso.
The band formed in New York in 1984 under The Dictators' guitarist Scott Kempner. The group also included Manny Caiati, Frank Funaro and Eric Ambel. The sound is marked by country, blues, folk and garage rock influences.
The Del Lords debuted with "Frontier Days' in 1984 followed by "Johnny Comes Marching Home in 1986, "Based on a True Story" in 1988, "Howlin' at the Halloween Moon" in 1989 and "Lovers Who Wander" in 1990. The albums were released on CD in 2008 by the American Beat label.
Kempner released a solo album "Saving Grace" in July 2008.
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