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Call them R&B's equivalent to the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion; the Delta 72 played revved-up indie rock with more influence from the helter-skelter mayhem of '60s garage rock (complete with Farfisa organ breakdowns) and blues-based punk than from original R&B. Formed in mid-1994 by vocalist and guitarist Gregg Foreman with drummer Ben Azzara and organist Sarah Stolfa, the Delta 72 added bassist Kim Thompson (from Cupid Car Club) and began touring the East Coast and Midwest. The group's first single, "On the Rocks," was jointly released by Dischord and Kill Rock Stars in June 1995. Early the following year, the Delta 72 recorded The R&B of Membership with new drummer Jason Kourkounis (formerly of Mule), and released the album on the Touch & Go label. After its release, Bruce Reckahn (of the Goats) replaced Thompson on bass. Midway through 1997, the band issued its second album, The Soul of a New Machine. 000 arrived in 2000; however, the Delta 72 broke up in July of the following year.
The Delta 72 were an American alternative music band formed in Washington, DC in the summer of 1994, later relocated to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The original line-up consisted of just Ben Azzara on drums and Gregg Foreman on guitar, harp and vocals. In short succession, friends Sarah Stolfa on Farfisa organ and Kim Thompson of Cupid Car Club on bass guitar, were added. After the release of their first single 'On the Rocks 7"', a joint production of Dischord and Kill Rock Stars records they toured the United States and played regionally around the Northeast.
After Ben Azzara left the group for the Capitol City Dusters, they were signed to Touch & Go Records in 1995. The line-up now consisted of Gregg Foreman on guitar, harp and vocals, Jason Kourkounis (formerly of Mule) on drums, Kim Thompson on bass and vocals, and Sarah Stolfa on Farfisa organ.
Their first Touch and Go Records release was in 1996 with the Triple Crown 7” and the album The R&B of Membership. Later releases include several singles and an EP and the full-length CDs The Soul of a New Machine, and 000.
Thompson left in 1996, and was replaced by Bruce Reckahn. Stolfa left in 1998 to be replaced by Mark Boyce (Boss Hog). They disbanded in July 2001. Gregg Foreman currently plays in Cat Power and Pink Mountaintops.