Phil Collen, lead guitarist of British rock band Def Leppard & alternative roots/rock band Manraze, started Delta Deep as an extreme blues project. The
band has been likened to »Aretha Franklin & Chaka Khan performing with Led Zeppelin«. Phil’s love and appreciation for the blues since childhood enabled
him to move forward quickly with the band’s inception in 2012. »Blues was created out of something completely different from what we hear today. I grew
up listening to rock music but then I found out it was all based on blues. Jimmy Page, Hendrix, all of those guys-they got it from blues. Today’s musicians
miss out on what blues is completely about. There’s a type of ›blues style‹ but not actual blues music. I just don’t hear true blues anymore unless I go back
and listen to really old music.« With that reasoning Phil decided to change the tide of what he was hearing.
The critical authority, Elmore Magazine said of the band, »If you’re into good old spiritual, emotional and thought provoking rock n roll, look no further than
Delta Deep.« Screamer Magazine accurately described Delta Deep’s music as »Sweltering hot, sorrow-drenched, deep southern blues.« Axis Magazine
declared, »[i]f the goal of (DELTA DEEP) is to create music that revives an appreciation for blues music. Mission accomplished.«
The band also features Debbi Blackwell-Cook (vocalist/songwriter), Stone Temple Pilot’s Robert DeLeo (bassist), Forrest Robinson (drummer), and Helen
L. Collen (songwriter). The band released their self-titled debut in 2015.