Singer/songwriter/guitarist Fred Wickham is proud to introduce his new record Mariosa Delta. The album has drawn praise both at home and abroad. No Depression calls Mariosa Delta “a sparkling gem of an album" and overseas the record climbed to number nine on the Euro-Americana charts.
Wickham is known for his work with Hadacol, the popular Kansas City based quartet who released two critically acclaimed records and gained a national reputation for their ferocious live performances across the country. Rock critic Greil Marcus once called Wickham and the band's brand of country "so tough it doesn't have to prove it." With the new record, Wickham takes a different approach to his songwriting, highlighting country, blues, jazz and bluegrass influences. This is a story telling record, from the title track, which recounts a true family tale of betrayal and murder, to “Rock Bottom”, which Pop Matters describes as "a modern bard’s sardonic tale of twists and turns for the worst”, Wickham’s lyrics and melodies paint chapters of the American experience.
Wickham's first solo record, Mariosa Delta, was produced by the late, legendary Lou Whitney and tour dates in support of the record feature The Hadacol Caravan, an all-star lineup of Kansas City's best musicians, including Wickham's former Hadacol bandmate and musical compadre Richard Burgess on bass, guitar wizard Marco Pascolini, ace keyboard/vocalist Bart Colliver, crack drummers Sweet Matt Brahl and Sam Platt and Wickham's son Fred Jr. on mandolin.
The band will be touring the States in support of the record and is planning a tour of Europe later this year.