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Paul Jones, BBC Radio 2
Joel McIver, Classic Rock's The Blues magazine
"Played a sublime set...certainly revved the crowd up"
Russell Hill, Maverick Magazine
"One rock-solid tune after another... strongly recommended"
Marty Gunther, Blues Blast Magazine
Trevor Hodgett, R2 Magazine
"This is sunshine music"
"Made In Mississippi is a belter of an album. Mark Cole and Rick Edwards, do not just "play" the Blues, they "feel" it too. This gives them the edge over many of their contemporaries.....they could easily find themselves being lauded as Britain's Jelly Roll Kings."
Gordon Baxter Blues in Britain magazine
"Raw, righteous,..the real Delta deal."
Leslie Fleury (Radio DJ, Blues Odyssey on KSER)
"You guys are the real deal!"
Will Dawson (sound engineer at Delta Recording Studio, Clarksdale, Mississippi)
"I really liked those Elmore James numbers - you got 'that tone' just right"
"You guys have really got a good little unit there... I thought that was pretty darn good - you don't have to take a back seat to anybody"
Sonny 'Sunshine' Payne (legendary presenter of King Biscuit Time on Radio KFFA, Helena, Arkansas)
"They give you the spirit and essence that is required and deliver with belief...their playing is indeed atmospheric and complimentary and will get you tapping your feet at the appropriate times...more please guys!"
Blues Matters Magazine
"They are exceptional"
John Roberts (Bullfrog Blues Club promoter)
'Red Hot at Peppers' - Blues in Britain magazine
Sons of the Delta, Acoustic Duo: Red Hot at Peppers
As the title implies, this is a live recording at Peppers Cafe in Gloucester, with the blues acoustic pairing of Mark and Rick. There is a mix of classic blues, Americana, roots rock and country.
'Tasty Nuggets' - Blues Matters Magazine
Tasty Nuggets is the third recorded outing for Sons of the Delta, now in the form of a quartet with a rhythm section producing a bigger sound. Thirteen little nuggets are here for your listening delight as they deliver their distinctive earthy electro-blues.
'Tasty Nuggets' - Classic Rock's The Blues Magazine
Gonna be some sweet sounds coming down West Country style.
Americans must snigger at Brits attempting to emulate the original US blues sound, but there's no need for mirth in the case of Sons Of The Delta, formed around Mark Cole and Rick Edwards from the South West of this island.
'Tasty Nuggets' - Blues in Britain magazine
For some reason, I never heard this south-west based band’s previous two albums, so the group name and the silly sleeve made me expect some kind of hokum-ish jug band sound. Boy, was I wrong!
'Tasty Nuggets' - Bluesdoodle.com
Tasty Nuggets, is the third album of this rootsy electro-blues collective and they have built on the success of Made in Mississippi, now a quartet the original members of Mark Cole (vocals, harp, slide guitar) and Rick Edwards (guitar, vocals) have been joined by Martin Fitzgibbon (Drums) and Lyndon Webb (Bass ) creating a bigger sound and for the album they are joined by a number of guest performers.
'Made in Mississippi' Review - July 2011 Maverick music magazine
Whisky-soaked lyrics sung by someone who means business
Based in the South of England, Sons of the Delta comprise Mark Cole and Rick Edwards and on this album are joined by some very special guests who include many greats such as Pinetop Perkins and Jeff Hayes.
Gig review - Blues in Britain magazine issue 98
Lichfield Arms, Hereford on 31st January 2010.
It has taken twelve years to get Sons Of The Delta a gig in Hereford and, boy, it was worth waiting for. They are Mark Cole and Rick Edwards, who hail from Gloucester. An impressive array of instruments appeared from the back of their van as the guys set up: a sixties Silvertone parlour guitar, a fifties Harmony f-hole guitar, a sixties Strat, a fifties Airline semi-acoustic mandolin, a sixty-five TG-64, a sixties Stella parlour guitar, an Amistar Resounder semi-acoustic resonator guitar, a fifties Teisco J-5, a stomp board and assorted harmonicas.
'Made in Mississippi' - French blues magazine Blues & Co.
This translation (thanks to a friend of the reviewer) is priceless..
"La ripatonade du trimestre (The Dancing Blues of the quarter)" A real good slice of joy with two English completely soaked , I could say submerged, in the blue note.
Gig review - Blues in Britain magazine issue 64
Oval Tavern, Croydon on 4th Feb 2007
Sons of the Delta are a duo consisting of Mark Cole who sings, and plays harmonica and guitar and guitarist Rick Edwards. They play an effervescent mix of Blues and Country music, and on this occasion had a dazzling array of no fewer than eight guitars to choose from. They have a good reputation on the circuit, and their performance at the Oval confirmed this.
'Made in Mississippi' - Living Blues magazine issue 188
With the assistance of Delta legends Pinetop Perkins and Sam Carr, U.K. musicians Mark Cole and Rick Edwards turned their Mississippi pilgrimage into a documented soundtrack.
'Made in Mississippi' - Blues Matters! magazine issue 81
For plenty of British Blues musicians, the chance to travel to the American South and record with a great bunch of original US Bluesmen would be nothing short of a dream come true. Last year, that dream became a reality for Gloucester musicians Mark Cole and Rick Edwards, aka Sons of the Delta.
'Made in Mississippi' - Blues in Britain magazine issue 55
For their second outing, the Sons of the Delta (Mark Cole and Rick Edwards) decamped to their spiritual homeland (Clarksdale, MS). In addition to recording "Made in Mississippi" with a little help from their friends, they also played several dates including Morgan Freeman's Ground Zero club.
Another review of 'Made in Mississippi'
Here’s another excellent CD from Sons of the Delta with Mark Cole and Rick Edwards doing what they do best; playing no nonsense, street corner blues straight from the heart and just for the hell of it.
Review of performance at the Stroud Blues & Beyond Festival, March 2005
Mark Cole and Rick Edwards shared vocals and guitar playing, performing a wide range of interesting material.
A review of 'One For the Road'
Excellent musicianship and an unpolished, good time, approach has made ‘Sons of the Delta’, Mark Cole and Rick Edwards, a highly respected duo. Even Kent DuChaine says they’ve got ‘that sound’ just right.