Kline formed Delta 88 in 1999 to play a group of songs he'd started writing over the previous months, a set of sparse, American-roots melodies that one critic has described as "rural haiku." The songs are simple--almost deceptively so, with finely wrought lyrics and tunes that sneak up on listeners instead of making demands. Some have even called these "ghost songs" - and Kline's world is, in fact, haunted by old love, lonely roads, railroad men, lost childhood friends, and most importantly, by the sense that, beyond all the confusion in the world, there's something else out there, a beat-down but stubborn hope of getting home, despite distance.
In Alex Anest and John Sperendi, Kline found a lead guitarist and bassist who mirror and deepen the spare excellence of his songwriting. Together, the trio are craftsmen - each adding original lines and shading, creating a unified, refined sound supporting and echoing Kline's rare melodies.
This is music that works, as several critics have observed, like medicine. These are songs that come looking for you when you're lost.
Delta 88 has toured from New York to Alabama playing venues like the Bluebird in Nashville, the Ga-Ana Theater in Georgiana, Alabama and the Ark in Ann Arbor, Michigan. They have released two full length albums and several singles on their own. They are currently working on a third album to be produced by Joe Henry.
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2. A Picture of Home
3. Don't Say Maybe
5. Long Gone Now
6. Wonderful Job
7. Living in This World
8. The Heart You Stole
9. Little Eddie
10. Feelin' Low