Label: Aardvark Records Ltd
Artists Genre: Country
Singer-songwriter Darrell Delk was born and raised in
Tampa, Florida. At a young age Darrell was introduced
to the power of Music by the sound of the Beatles on
local radio and it soon became obvious that the
crafting of songs would become his main goal in life.
As a teenager, Darrell joined various local bands and
he became a well known and respected performer on the
Southern Stages. His main influences, John Lennon and
Paul McCartney mixed with the southern rock roots -
caused by growing up in the Sunshine State - gave
Darrell a distinct and unmistaken vocal identity.
In 1995 he teamed up with producer John Boutkam to
form the group "Safety Brake". They first toured the
club scene before starting to write their own material
for the purpose of recording their first album "gimme
"gimme a break" started as a studio production project
as a bit of fun. The mixture of Darrell's Southern US
upbringing and John's European heritage created a very
interesting sound, reflecting Global musical
"If it’s up to me…" follows on from the successful
“gimme a break”. "If it's up to me…" contains main
stream pop rock material that was written for 'the fun
of it'. No looking at the charts to find out what's
cool or what could possible sell well. This approach
has brought about a great album with a wide variety of
great sounding songs, clearly reflecting the good time
during the making.
It is harder in its musical approach than "Gimme a
Brake", but shows a more tighter format. The album
languished after the death of music publishing house
Lightning Capitol Music's founder, John Boutkam.
Having acquired the publishing rights, Aardvark Music
has re-released it – with Delk and Aardvark Music
dedicating the album to the memory of Boutkam.
Tracks like "Everybody Knows", "Always", "Isn’t it
Right" and "If it’s up to me" are superb Country radio
tracks. While the likes of Lennon / McCartney
inspired "Through their Hands", "That’s What She Said"
and "Everybody Knows" have the makings of strong
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