Even from a young age, Ben Azzi (born 1988) was never short on experience with the handful of school bands and various garage bands in which he participated throughout middle and high school. He continued perfecting his skills in college, studying with renowned drummers Chester Thompson (Frank Zappa), Zoro (Leny Kravitz), Todd London (Independent), and Derico Watson (Victor Wooten) at Nashville’s Belmont University. During this time, Azzi played on various records, but felt the need for something more. In the summer of 2008, he and some friends teamed up to create The Delta Saints.

Often leaning on the simple descriptor, “Bourbon-fueled Bayou rock,” The Delta Saints have spent these past six years carving out their very own space in the musical gray-area occupied by other blues-inspired artists like Gary Clark Jr., Tedeschi Trucks Band, and North Mississippi Allstars.

Since 2010, Ben Azzi and the Nashville-based band have spent the majority of their days either on the road or in the studio. In early 2013, the Saints released their first full-length record, Death Letter Jubilee. That release proved to be the start of a very productive year. The band held major support slots with Michael Franti & Spearhead, Goo Goo Dolls, Robert Randolph & the Family Band; played at Wakarusa (US), Belgium Rhythm & Blues Festival (Belgium), Moulin Blues Festival (Netherlands); completed a summer tour that touted 20 sold out shows in 13 different countries; and signed a deal with Universal Music Publishing.

In 2014, the band hit the road with southern rockers, Blackberry Smoke for a 50-city international tour. To commemorate the occasion, they put out a 3-song EP called Drink it Slow. The year will also see the release of a live album recorded over their 2 sold out nights at Nashville’s historic Exit/In, continued international touring, and a follow-up full-length record later in the summer.

-Brian Massengale