Nashville band The Delta Saints recently released a special edition of their album Bones with Loud & Proud Records, packaging the acclaimed 2015 release with six bonus tracks, including three b-sides and three live versions of album tracks, that were recorded during the filming of live performance music videos at Downtown Presbyterian Church in Nashville. The Delta Saints have been garnering praise for a sound that is all their own, but with hints of My Morning Jacket, The Black Keys and The White Stripes thrown in for good measure. They even received an stellar endorsement from the legendary Chrissie Hynde, who was a guest on Bravo’s “Watch What Happen Live” last year and told a caller that she saw The Delta Saints play Akron, OH, that they are a “great band” and suggested that people buy Bones – watch HERE. With the new special edition of Bones, the band has been releasing accompanying videos in support of the new release. Singer Ben Ringel tells us about the third and final video in the series, for the song “Dust.” Says Ringel, “Dust is the third and final chapter of our Live at 5th & Church video series… our videographer Tim Duggan had a vision for us all standing back up against a wall and having the cameras just moving left and right, really just trying to catch the right moments. We tracked the song live so what you’re hearing and seeing was played in real time, which made Tim’s job a bit tricky.”Watch the premiere of “Dust,” streaming below.Ringel tells us more about “Dust,” saying “The story for Dust came about after a conversation that I had with my grandfather about his childhood. He was a young boy living on his family’s farm in Kansas during the dust bowl. They used to sit and watch the mid-day sky turn black from mountains of dust being moved across the plains. I imagine back then it was a bit of a harrowing religious experience that no one could explain.” The down-home nature of the song shines through with every note.The Delta Saints have spent the last nine years playing festivals and selling out headline shows in the U.S. and across Europe, averaging about 200 shows per year, organically growing their audience all the while. They have performed at several festivals in the U.S. including Summer Camp, Harvest, The Ride, Summerfest, Wakarusa and The Simple Man Cruise. After just returning from a European tour, the band will hit the road throughout the U.S. with a major summer tour, beginning on August 17th. Check out the band’s full tour schedule below, and head here for more information about the group! Purchase the Bones special edition through iTunes now.The Delta Saints U.S. Tour ScheduleAug 17 – Pour House in Raleigh, NC Aug 18 – Clementine Café in Harrisonburg, VA Aug 19 – Mercury Lounge in New York, NY Aug 20 – Milkboy in Philadelphia, PA Aug 21 – The Hamilton in Washington, DC Aug 22 – Club Café in Pittsburgh, PA Aug 24 – Rumba Café in Columbus, OH Aug 25 – Beat Kitchen in Chicago, IL Aug 26 – Duck Room @ Blueberry Hill in University City, MO Aug 27 – Jackpot Music Hall in Lawrence, KS Aug 31 – Black Sheep in Colorado Springs, CO Sep 01 – Marquis Theatre in Denver, CO Sep 03 – New Belgium Tour De Fat in Fort Collins, CO Sep 09 – Black Swamp Arts Festival in Bowling Green, OHSep 10 – Zanzabar in Louisville, KY
Marcus Thomas raced to his career first IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car national championship this season. (Photo by Karen Davis)CORSICANA, Texas – One trip to the race track was all it took to convince Marcus Thomas that the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car division was right for him.Three-plus seasons was all it took for him to win his first national championship in IMCA’s fastest growing class.“I had a weekly drag racing background and hadn’t even been to a dirt track before we went to Heart O’ Texas Speedway four years ago to watch the races,” the Corsicana driver said. “The Sprint Cars were there that night, they caught my attention and I knew right then that was what I wanted to race.”Eight of his 11 feature wins came at Kennedale Speedway Park, where Thomas repeated as track champion. He also paced Allstar Performance Texas State standings while picking up single checkers at Sabine Motor Speedway, RPM Speedway and Lone Star Speedway.The season-opening victory at Kilgore paid a hefty $1,200 and made Thomas the winner of back-to-back Sprint Smackdown specials at Lone Star.It also proved to be Thomas’ only win in his first 14 starts of 2017. He collected another eight top-five finishes before finally getting win number two in late April.“You kind of get down on yourself after starting so well and then not winning for a while,” he admitted. “Once we did, we got on a roll. I told myself to just keep rolling and keep the momentum up. It all started coming together for us. Then it seemed like everything started going our way.”Thomas returned to Heart O’ Texas and ran second in an Elite Non-Wing Sprint Series show, a finish he said was just as satisfying as a win. A shock builder by profession, he continued making minor set-up adjustments that paid off with nine wins over the last three months of the season.“The Lone Star race at the beginning of the season was big for us because we’d won it the year before,” he said. “By June, the tracks were getting the way I like them and I could run right up against the wall. We wanted to win the last race of the year at Kennedale (the Summit Racing Equipment Showdown on Oct. 7) and we were able to do that, too.”Fifth in the 2015 national points race and third last year, Thomas is also appreciative of joining fellow Texans Jason Howell, John Ricketts and Chad Wilson, as well as Oklahoman Andy Shouse in earning the highest IMCA RaceSaver championship.“To be able to have progressed as well as we have and win the national championship in our third full season is awesome,” he said. “And to be in that group of drivers that has won a national championship is amazing.”Starts-41Wins-11Additional Top Fives-18 HIS CREW: Parents Robert and Vicki, girlfriend Shelbie Goad, Trevor Goad, Michael Hoots and Randall Cartey.HIS SPONSORS: Thomas Disposal, Valvoline Express Care and O’Reilly Auto Parts, all of Corsicana; 517 Designs of Whitney; Allard Racing Engines of Ennis; Best Deal Services of Kennedale; Schoenfeld Headers of Van Buren, Ark.; DSR Fuel Pumps of Indianapolis, Ind.; CSI Shocks of Brownsburg, Ind.; and Keizer Aluminum Wheels of Orange City, Iowa.