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Every now and then, an artist emerges and bursts fully mature on the scene. Ernie Southern is one of those few. A pleasant surprise, his style is authentic, evoking both the "soul" and "spirit" of the masters.
1 Every Day Is a Fight
2 I Wanna Kill Somebody
3 Goin' Insane
4 Red Hot Delta Blues
5 Some One With Brains
6 Into the Wind
7 Island Earth
8 Anytime Valentine
9 Franni's Again
10 Atheist Funeral
11 Blame It On the Moon
About Ernie Southern & The Deltaholics
No stranger to music, he began his career in his early teens as a New York “street corner” singer, recording and performing with the well-known doo-wop acapella group "Nick and the Knacks". Opening for such acts as the "Four Seasons", "Anthony and the Imperials" and "The Earls", he quickly developed his strong, charismatic stage presence while appearing at clubs like the BLACK CAT and the GOLDEN SLIPPER. The group soon became a favorite on Lou Dean’s Bayshore Rock and Roll Shows. In the 60’s a spot on New York’s “Zacharly” TV show earned them an audition with Chess Records, which offered the band a recording contract.
Then came the Vietnam War. During his four years in Naval Intelligence aboard the carrier USS Enterprise, he voraciously studied music, focusing on such old masters as Blind Lemon Jefferson and Lightnin’ Hopkins.
By the early 70’s, with the advent of the psychedelic era’s new directions, Ernie began playing bass in Jazz-Rock-Fusion bands in
Berkeley, California. Studying with the much revered Elvo Damante, and student of the famous classical composer Darius Meaux, he then collaborated with the multi-instrumentalist Bill Hennessey to write and produce "Sailing Thru", a regional hit with wide air play in the Northeast.
Moving to Fort Lauderdale in 1979 and working with a variety of bands in various styles, he co-wrote “Like a Kid at Christmas” with Five Boroughs band leader, Frank Iovino. This song still receives international attention as a perennial Christmas favorite. By 1992, as a well-known bass player for the ever touring retro rock group RISK, he once again opted to pick up his guitar and moved forward to yet another style, the Delta Blues.
The past decade has seen a return to playing, writing and performing, opening for such acts as Leon Russell, Alvin Youngblood Hart, John Hammond, John Mooney, Catfish Keith, Jeremy Lyons and the Deltabilly Boys, Spider John Korner, Joe
Bonamassa, Albert Castiglia, Joey Gilmore, Ben Prestage and James Cotton.
After winning the 2003 South Florida Blues Challenge, Ernie went on to Memphis, courtesy of the South Florida Blues Society, and finished as a top finalist in the acoustic division in the International Blues Foundation’s world-wide competition.
Ernie has now returned home to Indian River County, Florida. With his wife, Franni (aka Frannipalooza) and is performing in a wide variety of venues, mixing his years of experience in all styles of music to be the consummate entertainer that he is today.
He has played with nearly everyone, from Melbourne’s own Groove Monsters and Steve Thorpe, swamp boogie
genius Raiford Starke, bluesy folk singer Magda Hiller, jump boogie’s Piano Bob Wilder, Clarksdale’s newest artist in residence, multi-instrumentalist Stan Street and Dixie LaRue to New Orleans keyboard queen Sally Townes, flautist Laure Sue (Silver Nightingale) Wilansky and Cuban latin jazz trombonist, Juan Pablo Torres.
Keeping his licks alive and up to speed, he skillfully masters his many guitars (including a Martin acoustic, triple Nationals (National Delphi, Baritone Tricone, Vintage-Steel tri-cone) played through the latest state of the art unconventional Bose PAS system in to an electric, powerful, emotional, and passionate performance which delights audiences of all types and ages.