Delta Queen - 1st single from new album
In late August the Mules released their first single, Delta Queen, from their upcoming Romp In The Swamp album. It’s currently available for purchase on Amazon and streaming on Spotify. Song-writer Geoff Mack's song was inspired by the Delta Queen, the last surviving steam-powered overnight passenger boat plying the watershed of the Mississippi. It was built in Stockton in 1927 and began life shuttling passengers between San Francisco and Sacramento. During WWII it was repainted battleship gray, commissioned as the USS Delta Queen and transported wounded to Bay Area hospitals. Keyboardist Dick Bay knew it in a later incarnation. He grew up in Louisville KY, which purchased the Belle of Louisville in 1962. The following year began the tradition of an annual steamboat race as part of KY Derby week. The Belle's opponent in those first years was . . . the Delta Queen, then out of Cincinnati. Much to the chagrin of Louisvillians, she nearly always won. She was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1989. She will soon come out of retirement and is currently undergoing repairs in Houma LA (which, coincidentally, is the setting for another Mules song, The Bayou Delight).