Much like Duke Ellington, I happened to be “in a jazz sentimental mood”, particularly craving Billie Holiday one day. Stumbling upon a Billie Holiday tribute album, a “Lady Sings the Blues” cover by blues and rock guitarist Rocco DeLuca stood out above the rest. Exploring more of his discography including his phenomenal albums, Drugs & Hymns and Mercy, my curiosity grew about this talented rock and blues musician, who signed with Jude Cole and Kiefer Sutherland owned label Ironworks and released a subsequent I Trust You to Kill Me documentary featuring Kiefer serving as road manager during a tumultuous European tour with his band, The Burden, in 2006. Growing up in a musical family with a guitarist father who played with blues greats like Bo Diddley and working with U2, Bob Dylan and Emmylou Harris producer, Daniel Lanois, Rocco’s musical journey thus far has been an interesting storied one.
Connecting with him a few weeks ago, we discussed his musical past, present and future including playing with Johnny Cash, his documentary and his new album. Check out the interview clips below plus connect with Rocco on his website and on Twitter for more info on his discography and upcoming tour dates!