About the Delta Beltas
Sunny Boy Summerson is never content with just one instrument so plays not only jaw-dropping harmonica but also slide guitar, acoustic guitar, dobro, ukulele, various percussion instruments and could probably make a decent sound from a piece of tracing paper and a comb. For years he was immersed in the British blues scene, playing regularly at the Marquee in London, before moving to the East of England around 20 years ago.
Influenced by harmonica player Sonny Boy Williamson, he supported various bands including John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers and has continually played in various bands and with many blues musicians.
Juan Lauda was given an old plywood guitar with 3 strings when aged 8 then soon discovered Elvis Presley and his guitarist Scottie Moore as well as Big Bill Broonzy.
After appearing in a selection of dreadful school bands he ended up being a session drummer in London recording studios until he realised that guitarists get all the perks, immediately switched and then record deals and tours of Europe and U.K followed.
It was now the ‘80’s so naturally he joined a synth pop trio and another record deal.
Soul music followed, then later, a rocking blues band, playing festivals in Canada and Europe and more recording, which saw out the 90's. From 2000 onward…more blues, Jazz and Latin jazz, acoustic duo and another band. Enjoying now, the ease of turning up to gigs with just an acoustic guitar and voice. The Delta Beltas seems like a good place to hide.
Memphis Annie comes from the world of Bluegrass but has now joined the 'dark side'. Although she is relative new to the blues scene, she has the experience of her fellow Beltas to help initiate her into the structure of early blues. Annie writes songs and has performed solo as well as with various groups such as The Bluebirds - a comedy double act and The Darling Coreys, an all-female Old Time & Bluegrass band. She has playing at many music festivals in the UK and supported The Alabama 3 at The Waterfront Norwich.
Annie plays electric and double bass and sings lead and harmonies - influenced by her new blues heroines such as Memphis Minnie and Bessie Smith.